- Comprises 29 chapters written by leading scholars in the field
- Reflects current debates among Old Norse-Icelandic scholars
- Pays attention to previously neglected areas of study, such as the sagas of Icelandic bishops and the fantasy sagas
- Looks at the ways Old Norse-Icelandic literature is used by modern writers, artists and film directors, both within and outside Scandinavia
- Sets Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature in its wider cultural context
|Series:||Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series , #31|
|Product dimensions:||6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.66(d)|
About the Author
Table of ContentsNotes on Contributors viii Maps xii Introduction 1 Rory McTurk 1 Archaeology of Economy and Society 7 Orri Vésteinsson 2 Christian Biography 27 Margaret Cormack 3 Christian Poetry 43 Katrina Attwood 4 Continuity? The Icelandic Sagas in Post-Medieval Times 64 Jón Karl Helgason 5 Eddic Poetry 82 Terry Gunnell 6 Family Sagas 101 Vésteinn Ólason 7 Geography and Travel 119 Judith Jesch 8 Historical Background: Iceland 870–1400 136 Helgi Þorláksson 9 Historiography and Pseudo-History 155 Stefanie Würth 10 Language 173 Michael Barnes 11 Late Prose Fiction (lygisogur) 190 Matthew Driscoll 12 Late Secular Poetry 205 Shaun Hughes 13 Laws 223 Gudmund Sandvik and Jón Viðar Sigurðsson 14 Manuscripts and Palaeography 245 Guðvarður Már Gunnlaugsson 15 Metre and Metrics 265 Russell Poole 16 Orality and Literacy in the Sagas of Icelanders 285 Gísli Sigurðsson 17 Pagan Myth and Religion 302 Peter Orton 18 The Post-Medieval Reception of Old Norse and Old Icelandic Literature 320 Andrew Wawn 19 Prose of Christian Instruction 338 Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir 20 Rhetoric and Style 354 Þórir Óskarsson 21 Romance (Translated riddarasögur) 372 Jürg Glauser 22 Royal Biography 388 Ármann Jakobsson 23 Runes 403 Patrik Larsson 24 Sagas of Contemporary History (Sturlunga saga): Texts and Research 427 Úlfar Bragason 25 Sagas of Icelandic Prehistory (fornaldarsögur) 447 Torfi H. Tulinius 26 Short Prose Narrative (þáttr) 462 Elizabeth Ashman Rowe and Joseph Harris 27 Skaldic Poetry 479 Diana Whaley 28 Social Institutions 503 Gunnar Karlsson 29 Women in Old Norse Poetry and Sagas 518 Judy Quinn Index 536
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