Old Norse-Icelandic Literature
A Short Introduction
By (author) Heather O'Donoghue
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Old Norse-Icelandic Literature by Heather O'Donoghue
Book DescriptionFrom runic inscriptions to sagas, this book introduces readers to the colourful world of Old Norse-Icelandic literature. There is an introduction to the colourful world of Old Norse-Icelandic literature. This book covers mythology and family sagas, as well as less well-known areas, such as oral story-telling, Eddaic verse and skaldic verse. It provides an introduction that helps readers to appreciate the language and culture of the first settlers in Iceland. It looks at the reception of Old-Norse-Icelandic literature over the ages, as views of the vikings have changed. It shows how a whole range of authors from Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney have been influenced by Old Norse-Icelandic literature.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780631236252
(237mm x 160mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Heather O'Donoghue
English Poetry and Old Norse Myth, Hardback (July 2014)
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Beowulf is the longest and finest literary work to have come down to us from Anglo-Saxon times, and one of the world's greatest epic poems. This acclaimed translation is complemented by a critical introduction and substantial editorial apparatus.
From Asgard to Valhalla, Paperback (September 2008)
From Viking-age stories of ice and fire to epic poetry of "Beowulf", from the warrior Valkyries to Tolkien's "Riders of Rohan" and from Wagner's "Gotterdammerung" to Marvel's "Mighty Thor", Norse mythology offers something for everyone. This title shows how these myths have impacted on to resonate across the fields of literature, art, and music.
Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative, Hardback (August 2005)» View all books by Heather O'Donoghue
Presents a detailed reading of a series of sophisticated medieval narratives, the Old Norse-Icelandic sagas. This book shows how saga authors achieved a wide range of stylistic and psychological effects through the interplay of prose and verse: bringing history to life, and presenting fiction as if it were history.
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Author Biography - Heather O'Donoghue
Heather O'Donoghue is Reader in Old Norse at Oxford University. She is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement.
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