Old Icelandic Literature and Society
Margaret Clunies Ross, Professor of Medieval Literature Alastair Minnis
Cambridge University Press, Sep 21, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 336 pages
This is the first book to provide a comprehensive account of Old Icelandic literature within its social context. An international team of specialists examines the ways in which the unique medieval social experiment in Iceland, a kingless society without an established authority structure, inspired a wealth of innovative writing composed in the Icelandic vernacular. The book shows how Icelanders explored their uniqueness through poetry, mythologies, metrical treatises, religious writing, and through saga, a new genre which textualised their history and incorporated oral traditions in a written form.
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1 Social institutions and belief systems of medieval Iceland c 8701400 and their relations to literary production
2 From orality to literacy in medieval Iceland
3 Petry and its changing importance in medieval Icelandic culture
the evidence of references to poetry in The Third Grammatical Treatise
5 The conservation and reinterpretation of myth in medieval Icelandic writings
6 Medieval Icelandic artes poeticae
historical writing in medieval Iceland
8 Sagas of Icelanders ═slendinga s÷gur and pŠttir as the literary representation of a new social space
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