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A Companion to Old Norse-icelandic Literature and Culture : Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture - Rory McTurk

A Companion to Old Norse-icelandic Literature and Culture

Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture

By: Rory McTurk (Editor)

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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.

"In a series that already has a large number and wide range of excellent titles to its credit, I would venture opinion that this volume is one of its best...we have here a major publication of considerable value, not to mention its intrinsic interest. Obviously it will be a necessary acquisition for any specialist collection and for any academic collection where aspects of Old Norse literature and culture may be needed...this will also be a useful addition to major general collections."
Reference Reviews

"...its chapters are crammed full to bursting with facts and figures, references to primary and secondary sources, swift overviews of past scholarship, and (very importantly) present debates. This is ostensibly a reference book, to be consulted on particular issues and subjects. But as with all the best encyclopedias...browsing becomes addictive...Mc Turk's Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic Studies is a great resource for the scholar or graduate student who may think, mistakenly, that he or she is familiar with this field."
The Review of English Studies

"No one could read the volume and not learn something, indeed a great deal"
TLS

?A comprehensive guide to Old Norse-Icelandic literature which functions as a basic reference work for scholars in neighboring disciplines, a reliable introduction for students, and an interesting and informative read for Old Norse scholars ? a remarkable achievement and a valuable resource.?
Carolyne Larrington, St John?s College, Modern Language Review

Notes on Contributors viii

Maps xii

Introduction 1
Rory McTurk

1 Archaeology of Economy and Society 7
Orri Vesteinsson

2 Christian Biography 27
Margaret Cormack

3 Christian Poetry 43
Katrina Attwood

4 Continuity? The Icelandic Sagas in Post-Medieval Times 64
Jon Karl Helgason

5 Eddic Poetry 82
Terry Gunnell

6 Family Sagas 101
Vesteinn Olason

7 Geography and Travel 119
Judith Jesch

8 Historical Background: Iceland 870?1400 136
Helgi Þorlaksson

9 Historiography and Pseudo-History 155
Stefanie Wurth

10 Language 173
Michael Barnes

11 Late Prose Fiction (lygiso¨gur) 190
Matthew Driscoll

12 Late Secular Poetry 205
Shaun Hughes

13 Laws 223
Gudmund Sandvik and Jon Viðar Sigurðsson

14 Manuscripts and Palaeography 245
Guðvarður Mar Gunnlaugsson

15 Metre and Metrics 265
Russell Poole

16 Orality and Literacy in the Sagas of Icelanders 285
Gisli 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 Oskarsdottir

20 Rhetoric and Style 354
Þorir Oskarsson

21 Romance (Translated riddarasogur) 372
Jurg Glauser

22 Royal Biography 388
Armann Jakobsson

23 Runes 403
Patrik Larsson

24 Sagas of Contemporary History (Sturlunga saga): Texts and Research 427
Úlfar Bragason

25 Sagas of Icelandic Prehistory (fornaldarsogur) 447
Torfi H. Tulinius

26 Short Prose Narrative (þattr) 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

ISBN: 9780631235026
ISBN-10: 0631235027
Series: Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 584
Published: 4th February 2005
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.91 x 17.26  x 3.72
Edition Number: 1