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The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas

ISBN 9780367133658
Published June 4, 2019 by Routledge
376 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The last fifty years have seen a significant change in the focus of saga studies, from a preoccupation with origins and development to a renewed interest in other topics, such as the nature of the sagas and their value as sources to medieval ideologies and mentalities.

The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas presents a detailed interdisciplinary examination of saga scholarship over the last fifty years, sometimes juxtaposing it with earlier views and examining the sagas both as works of art and as source materials.

This volume will be of interest to Old Norse and medieval Scandinavian scholars and accessible to medievalists in general.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction Ármann Jakobsson and Sverrir Jakobsson

1 Genre Massimiliano Bampi

2 Dating and Origins Chris Callow

3 Literacy Pernille Hermann

4 Ecclesiastical Literature and Hagiography Jonas Wellendorf

5 Courtly Literature Stefka G. Eriksen

6 Indigenous and Latin Literature Annette Lassen

7 History and Fiction Ralph O’Connor

8 Style Daniel Sävborg

9 Structure Ármann Jakobsson

10 Drama and Performativity Lena Rohrbach

11 The Long and the Short of It Elizabeth Ashman Rowe

12 Narratives and Documents Patricia Pires Boulhosa

13 Space Sverrir Jakobsson

14 Time Carl Phelpstead

15 Fate Stefanie Gropper

16 Travel Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

17 Heroism Viðar Pálsson

18 Gender Jóhanna K. Friðriksdóttir

19 Emotions Christopher Crocker

20 Marginality Bjørn Bandlien

21 The Paranormal Miriam Mayburd

22 Christian Themes Haki Antonsson

23 Feud Santiago Barreiro

24 Class Hans Jacob Orning

25 World View Sirpa Aalto

26 Artistic Reception Julia Zernack

27 Digital Norse Jan Alexander van Nahl

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Ármann Jakobsson is Professor of Medieval Icelandic Literature at the University of Iceland.

Sverrir Jakobsson is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Iceland.


"The volume is a useful complement to previously published, significant handbooks and, on its own, it will be a valuable research tool for those interested in medieval Icelandic sagas." -- M. B. Busbee, Samford University, CHOICE reviews