1st Edition

The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas

Edited By Ármann Jakobsson, Sverrir Jakobsson Copyright 2017
    376 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    376 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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

    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

    List of Contributors


    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