A Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture / Edition 1

A Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture / Edition 1

by Rory McTurk
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0631235027

ISBN-13: 9780631235026

Pub. Date: 02/14/2005

Publisher: Wiley

This major survey of Old Norse-Icelandic literature and culture comprises 29 chapters written by leading scholars in the field, over a third of whom are Icelanders. At the same time, it conveys a sense of the mainland Scandinavian origins of the Icelandic people, and reflects the ongoing contact between Iceland and other countries and cultures.

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This major survey of Old Norse-Icelandic literature and culture comprises 29 chapters written by leading scholars in the field, over a third of whom are Icelanders. At the same time, it conveys a sense of the mainland Scandinavian origins of the Icelandic people, and reflects the ongoing contact between Iceland and other countries and cultures.

The volume highlights current debates among Old Norse-Icelandic scholars specializing in different aspects of the subject. Coverage of traditional topics is complemented by material on previously neglected areas of study, such as the sagas of Icelandic bishops and the translated knights’ sagas. Chapters on ‘archaeology’, ‘social institutions’ and ‘geography and travel’ make it possible to view the literature in its wider cultural context while chapters on ‘reception’ and ‘continuity’ demonstrate the ways in which medieval Norse-Icelandic literature and culture overflow into the modern period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631235026
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/14/2005
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series, #56
Pages:
584
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributorsviii
Mapsxii
Introduction1
1Archaeology of Economy and Society7
2Christian Biography27
3Christian Poetry43
4Continuity? The Icelandic Sagas in Post-Medieval Times64
5Eddic Poetry82
6Family Sagas101
7Geography and Travel119
8Historical Background: Iceland 870-1400136
9Historiography and Pseudo-History155
10Language173
11Late Prose Fiction (lygisogur)190
12Late Secular Poetry205
13Laws223
14Manuscripts and Palaeography245
15Metre and Metrics265
16Orality and Literacy in the Sagas of Icelanders285
17Pagan Myth and Religion302
18The Post-Medieval Reception of Old Norse and Old Icelandic Literature320
19Prose of Christian Instruction338
20Rhetoric and Style354
21Romance (Translated riddarasogur)372
22Royal Biography388
23Runes403
24Sagas of Contemporary History (Sturlunga saga): Texts and Research427
25Sagas of Icelandic Prehistory (fornaldarsogur)447
26Short Prose Narrative (pattr)462
27Skaldic Poetry479
28Social Institutions503
29Women in Old Norse Poetry and Sagas518
Index536

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