An anthropological exploration of Icelandic history, society and culture as the importance of language and texts ranging from the medieval Commonwealth to the modern nation-state is investigated.
"Icelanders have always been keenly aware of the cultural importance of language and the social power of texts; the language and literature have been the touchstones of Icelandic identity from the medieval Commonwealth to the modern nation-state. In this masterful and innovative study by anthropologist Gisli Palsson, the preoccupation of Icelanders with language and texts serves not only as a highly productive point of departure for the anthropological exploration of Icelandic history, society, and culture, but also as a frame of reference for a trenchant critique of textual ideologies and practices in anthropology itself. The range of The Textual Life of the Savants, from the Sturlunga Saga to the Sexual Life of Savages, ni to novels, orientalism to the dative case, is truly remarkable."
-Distinguished Professor of Folklore and Anthropology, Indiana University of Richard Bauman
Part 1 From life to text: the factual, the fictive and the fabulous - novel and ethnography; the metaphor of cultural translation. Part 2 Times, lives and medieval texts: sagas, history, and social life; the power of words and the context of witchcraft. Part 3 Lives, texts and modern realities: fetishized language, symbolic capital, and social identity; enskilment and Sea - from rules to practice; fast fish and loose talk - beyond textualist appropriation; towards a theory of living discourse.
Series: Studies in Anthropology and History, V. 18
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 26th September 1995
Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1