Animal-Human Relationships in Medieval Iceland
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232 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

1 map; 14 b/w illus

Series: Nature and Environment in the Middle Ages

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Animal-Human Relationships in Medieval Iceland

From Farm-Settlement to Sagas

by Harriet Jean Evans Tang

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A multi-disciplinary investigation of the links between people and animals, in reality and representation.
Domestic animals played a range of roles in the imaginative world of medieval Icelanders: from partners in settlement and household allies, to violent offenders, foster-kin and surrogate wives, they were vital and effective members of the multispecies communities established from the ninth century onwards. This book examines the domestic animals of early Iceland in their physical and textual contexts, through detailed analysis of the spaces and places of the Icelandic farm and farming landscape, and textual sources such as The Book of Settlements, the earliest Icelandic laws, and various episodes from the Sagas and Tales of Icelanders. Taking a multidisciplinary approach to animal-human relationships, it sees animals not solely as symbols, metaphors, or objects, but as subjects in affective relationships with their human co-settlers who become the focus of intense exploration, delight, anxiety and condemnation in later textual narratives. By inviting readers to question how these sources form, embrace, or reject animal-human relationships, it provides a resource for understanding these archaeological sites and textual narratives differently: as products of multispecies communities in which animals and humans lived, worked, and died together.
The Animal Acts...
An Animal-Human Settlement
Home, Sweet Home: Meeting Points on the Animal-Human Farm
The Animal-Human Community: Legal Tradition in Iceland
Fostering Relations: The Animal-Human Home in the Íslendingasögur
The Negative Animal: Absence, Precarity, and Danger
... and the Man Responds
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Harriet J. Evans Tang is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Durham University. She has a PhD from the University of York, and occasionally returns to teach and supervise in their Centre for Medieval Studies and Department of English & Related Literature.

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Title Details

232 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

1 map; 14 b/w illus

Series: Nature and Environment in the Middle Ages

Imprint: D.S.Brewer