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Author Clunies Ross, Margaret

Title The Cambridge introduction to the old Norse-Icelandic saga / Margaret Clunies Ross

Publ Info Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
 RWU Main Library  PT7181 .R67 2010    AVAILABLE
 Salve Main Collection  PT7181 .R67 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xiv, 193 pages : map ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Cambridge introductions to literature
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Medieval Iceland -- What is an Old Norse-Icelandic saga? -- The genesis of the Icelandic saga -- Saga chronology -- Saga subjects and settings -- Saga mode, style and point of view -- Saga structures -- The material record: how we know the sagas -- Changing understandings of the sagas
Note "The medieval Norse-Icelandic saga is one of the most important European vernacular literary genres of the Middle Ages. This Introduction to the saga genre outlines its origins and development, its literary character, its material existence in manuscripts and printed editions, and its changing reception from the Middle Ages to the present time. Its multiple sub-genres - including family sagas, mythical-heroic sagas and sagas of knights - are described and discussed in detail, and the world of medieval Icelanders is powerfully evoked. The first general study of the Old Norse-Icelandic saga to be written in English for some decades, the Introduction is based on up-to-date scholarship and engages with current debates in the field. With suggestions for further reading, detailed information about the Icelandic literary canon, and a map of medieval Iceland, this book is aimed at students of medieval literature and assumes no prior knowledge of Scandinavian languages"-- Provided by publisher
LC subject Sagas -- History and criticism
Alt Title Introduction to the old Norse-Icelandic saga
ISBN 9780521514019 (hardback)
0521514010 (hardback)
9780521735209 (pbk.)
0521735203 (pbk.)