Old Icelandic Literature and Society
Edited by Margaret Clunies Ross
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Old Icelandic Literature and Society by Margaret Clunies Ross
Book DescriptionFrom the period of settlement (870-930) to the end of the fourteenth century, Icelanders produced one of the most varied and original literatures of medieval Europe. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive account of Old Icelandic literature within its social setting and across a range of genres. An international team of specialists examines the ways in which the unique social experiment in Iceland, a kingless society without an established authority structure, inspired a wealth of innovative writing composed in the Icelandic vernacular. Icelanders explored their uniqueness through poetry, mythologies, metrical treatises, religious writing, and through saga, a new literary genre which textualised their history and incorporated oral traditions in a written form. The book shows that Icelanders often used their textual abilities to gain themselves political and intellectual advantage, not least in the period when the state's freedom came to an end.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521631129
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Margaret Clunies Ross
Fourth Grammatical Treatise, Paperback (February 2015)
A rhetorical treatise by the thirteenth-century Icelandic scholar Olafr Pordarson, one of four preserved in the fourtheenth-century Codex Wormianus, and of interest as a commentary on medieval Icelandic poetry, edited with commentary by Margaret Clunies Ross and Jonas Wellendorf.
History of Old Norse Poetry and Poetics, Paperback (August 2011)
Accessible guide to and description of the medieval poetic tradition in Scandinavia.
Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse-Icelandic Saga, Hardback (October 2010)
This book guides students through the texts and contexts of the medieval Scandinavian saga.
Old Icelandic Literature and Society, Paperback (April 2009)» View all books by Margaret Clunies Ross
The first comprehensive account of Old Icelandic literature set within its social and cultural context.
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