The Cold Counsel: The Women in Old Norse Literature and Myth

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Cold Counsel is the only collection devoted to the place of women in Old Norse literature and culture. It draws upon the disciplines of history, sociology, feminism, ethnography and psychoanalysis in order to raise fresh questions about such new subjects as gender, class, sexuality, family structure and ideology in medieval Iceland.

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Overview

Cold Counsel is the only collection devoted to the place of women in Old Norse literature and culture. It draws upon the disciplines of history, sociology, feminism, ethnography and psychoanalysis in order to raise fresh questions about such new subjects as gender, class, sexuality, family structure and ideology in medieval Iceland.

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Sarah M. Anderson teaches in the Department of English at Princeton University, and Karen Swenson teaches at Virginia Tech University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Sarah M. Anderson "En Hon Er Blandin Mjok": Women and Insults in Old Norse Literature Zoe Borovosky Hildigunnr's Lament Carol J. Clover Women's Voice in Old Norse Literature: The Case of Trojumanna Saga Randin Eldevik Taming the Shrew: The Rise of Patriarchy and the Subordination of the Feminine in Old Norse Helga Kress The Re-Emergence of Women's Voices in Old Icelandic Literature Shaun F. D. Hughes Vikings Westward to Vinland: The Problem of Women Jenny Jochens "Pegi Pu Porr!": Gender, Class, and Discourse in Prymskvida Jon Karl Helgason Fathers, Mother,s and Daughters: "Hver Er Ad Rada?" Marianne E. Kalinke A Good Day's Work: Laxdaela Saga, Chapter 49 Jonna Louis-Jensen Women's Counsel in the Riddarasogur: The Case of Parcevals Saga F. Regina Psaki The Woman Who Knows: Female Characters of Eyrbyggja Saga Forrest S. Scott Male Bonding, Female Body: The Absenting of Women in Bisclaretz Liod Kerry Shea Ambiguously Gendered: The Skalds Jorunn, Audr, and Steinunn Sandra Ballif Straubhaar Women Outside: Discourse of Community in Havamal Karen Swenson Saga World and Nineteenth-Century Iceland: The Case of Women Farmers Porunn Siguroardottir Contributors Index
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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    A Good Anthology on Old Norse Literature

    This anthology is a bit more specialized for the Old Norse Scholar, but an important one nevertheless. It's not that the writing styles are difficult to understand, but the essays require a strong familiarity with whatever sagas or literature each essay deals with in its analysis (such as Laxdaela saga for Jonna Louis-Jensen's essay or Njal's saga for Carol Clover's.) It has essays from some of the best scholars in the field with a focus on women. It's a great book for those interested in gender and Old Norse literature, and it can offer a great springboard of ideas for anyone writing on women and the sagas. It is a must-have for any Old Norse student's collection (or a constantly checked-out book from the library due to the price).

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