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
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.