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The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse-Icelandic Saga.

Author/Creator:
Clunies Ross, Margaret.
Publication:
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (211 pages)
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Literature
Cambridge Introductions to Literature
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Subjects:
Sagas -- History and criticism.
Old Norse literature -- History and criticism.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
This book guides students through the texts and contexts of the medieval Scandinavian saga.
Contents:
Cover
Half-title
Title
Copyright
Contents
Tables
A preface on practical issues
General aim of this book
Spelling conventions used in this book
Map of Iceland
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Chapter 1 Medieval Iceland
Setting the scene
Why Iceland?
Where did the settlers come from?
Medieval Iceland society
Religion
Why did medieval Icelanders write so much and so well?
Chapter 2 What is an Old Norse-Icelandic saga?
The term Old Norse
What is an Old Norse-Icelandic saga?
Saga in the medieval lexicon
How are sagas different from non-sagas?
The view from inside the text
Kinds of sagas
Chapter 3 The genesis of the Icelandic saga
Theories of saga origins
A major controversy in studies of saga origins: bookprose versus freeprose
Studies of oral cultures and their impact on saga studies
Vernacular literacy in medieval Iceland
The growth of saga conventions
Concepts of authorship
Chapter 4 Saga chronology
The politics of saga chronology
The evidence of the manuscripts
Dating criteria
External criteria
Internal criteria - literary borrowings
Some tentative conclusions
Chapter 5 Saga subjects and settings
Time and place in the saga world
The world of the fornaldarsögur
Riddarasögur and their world
Kings' sagas
Sagas of Icelanders and their world
Contemporary sagas
Chapter 6 Saga mode, style and point of view
An example of prosimetrum: Kormáks saga, Chapter 6
Literary and cultural background
The analysis
Valla-Ljóts saga, Chapter 4
Literary and cultural background
The analysis
Brennu-Njáls saga, Chapter 157
Literary and cultural background
The analysis
Orvar-Odds saga, Chapter 42
Literary and cultural background
The analysis
Conclusion
Chapter 7 Saga structures.
Structure and meaning
Structures of conflict and resolution
Life-histories: structures of biography and genealogy
Structures of travel and the acquisition of knowledge
Structural complexity in the Icelandic sagas
Chapter 8 The material record: how we know the sagas
Medieval Icelandic manuscripts and manuscript copying
The copying and collecting of Icelandic manuscripts after the Middle Ages
Saga editions: principles and practice
Chapter 9 Changing understandings of the sagas
The reception of sagas in post-medieval Iceland
The reception of the Icelandic sagas outside Iceland
Notes
1 Medieval Iceland
2 What is an Old Norse-Icelandic saga?
3 The genesis of the Icelandic saga
4 Saga chronology
5 Saga subjects and settings
6 Saga mode, style and point of view
7 Saga structures
8 The material record: how we know the sagas
9 Changing understandings of the sagas
Glossary of technical terms
Guide to further reading
1. Medieval Iceland
2 What is an Old Norse-Icelandic saga?
3 The genesis of the Icelandic saga
4 Saga chronology
5 Saga subjects and settings
6. Saga mode, style and point of view
7 Saga structures
8 The material record: how we know the sagas
9 Changing understandings of the sagas
References to volumes in the Íslenzk fornrit editions of Icelandic sagas
Index.
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Local notes:
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Clunies Ross, Margaret The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse-Icelandic Saga
ISBN:
9780511915086
9780521514019
OCLC:
689996459