Cultural Legacies of Old Norse Literature
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234 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

3 colour illus.

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Cultural Legacies of Old Norse Literature

New Perspectives

Edited by Dustin Geeraert and Christopher Crocker

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An exciting new collection of essays exploring the starting variety of transformations with Old Norse-Icelandic texts and across its wider literary culture.
The "Viking Age" of medieval Scandinavia, with its heathen religion and heroic literature, continues to fascinate readers, writers, students, scholars, poets, artists, and creators of all kinds around the world. This cultural legacy is preserved in Old Norse literature, much of it composed and produced in Iceland, an island with a unique position in relation to the ebb and flow of religions, institutions, and empires.

The chapters in this book examine many topics in Old Norse literature: the mysterious personas of the god Odin, the strange origins of poetry and scholarship, the cryptic lore of the elusive dwarfs, the fame of the dragon-slayer Sigurd and the defiant "Sworn Brothers", the early settlement of Iceland, trade in the medieval north, and the history of literary production. Several contributors upend traditional interpretations of their topics, while others offer new insights into the rich modern artistic reception of Norse myth. These studies reveal the striking resilience and adaptability of Old Norse narrative traditions, which retain their timeless appeal through a startling variety of contexts and changes in form.
List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Foreword: Old Norse and the Porous Boundaries of Medievalism, Tom Shippey
Acknowledgements
Note on the Text

Introduction, Christopher Crocker and Dustin Geeraert
1. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in Medieval Iceland: Saga Realism and the Sworn Brothers, Ármann Jakobsson
2. The Malleability of the Past: Íslendingabókas Narrative History, Martina Ceolin
3. Women's Work and Material Culture in Medieval Iceland: Gender, Narrative, and Cloth Production, Meghan Korten
4. Vafþrúðnismál, from Parchment to Print: Stability and Change in the Transmission of Eddic Poetry, Andrew McGillivray
5. The Odinic Motif: The Wanderer in the Mist, Ryan E. Johnson
6. What has Darwin to do with Óðinn? Shapeshifting, God, and Nature in the 'Great Story of the North', Dustin Geeraert
7. Madness, Mythology, and Mitteleuropa: Günter Grass's Transformation of Old Norse Myth in The Tin Drum, Heather O'Donoghue
8. Once More, with Fiction: Transforming Myth in Gerður Kristný's Blóðhófnir and The Eddic Poem Skírnismál, Christopher Crocker
Afterword: Ethnographic Medievalisms, M.J. Toswell

Bibliography
Index

Dustin Geeraert teaches English and Icelandic literature at the University of Manitoba.

Christopher Crocker is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Iceland and teaches Icelandic literature at the University of Manitoba.

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Title Details

234 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

3 colour illus.

Imprint: D.S.Brewer