Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse-Icelandic Saga

ISBN-10: 0521735203

ISBN-13: 9780521735209

Edition: 2010

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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Margaret Clunies Ross is Emeritus Professor of English and Honorary Professor in the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Sydney.

List of tables
A Preface on Practical issues
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
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?
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
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
Saga chronology
The Politics of saga chronology
The evidence of the manuscripts
Dating criteria
Some tentative conclusions
Saga subjects and settings
Time and place in the saga world
The world of the fornaldars�gur
Riddaras�gur and their world
Kings' sagas
Sagas of Icelanders and their world
Contemporary sagas
Saga mode, style and point of view
An example of prosimetrum: Korm�ks saga, Chapter 6
Literary and cultural background
The analysis
Valla-Lj�ts saga, Chapter 4
Literary and cultural background
The analysis
Brennu-Nj� saga, Chapter 157
Literary and cultural background
The analysis
Qrvar-Odds saga, Chapter 42
Literary and cultural background
The analysis
Conclusion
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
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
Changing understandings of the sagas
The reception of sagas in post-Medieval Iceland
The reception of the Icelandic sagas outside Iceland
Notes
Glossary of technical terms
Guide to further reading
References of volumes in the �slenzk fornrit editions of Icelandic sagas
Index
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