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Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Critical Guide

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In the past few decades, interest in the rich and varied literature of early Scandinavia has prompted a great deal of interest in its background: its origins, social and historical context, and relationship to other medieval literatures. Until the 1980s, however, there was a distinct lack of scholarship in the area, so in 1985, Carol J. Clover and John Lindow brought toget ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published April 25th 2005 by University of Toronto Press (first published December 31st 1985)
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Carl
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Though more than 20 years old now, this is still an incredible overview of the "state of the field" for the major divisions of Norse Literature. I haven't read the new edition, so I don't know how much it has been updated, but things move slowly enough in our field that these essays are still required reading for anyone in the field, in my opinion. The essays do not cover the entire history of the field, but limit themselves to I believe about a 20-30 year period of research for which there was ...more
Kath
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Highly scholarly, second edition, collection of critical essays of Old Norse - Icelandic Lit. Do not look for the actual stories of gods or heroic sagas, but rather explanations of how these came to be, how they came to be re-told, what happened when the stories were put down on paper. My favorite essay concerned the impact of courtly literature and Christianity on the later period of Norse literature. Very interesting from a historical perspective. Definitely a college-level text, and I would r ...more
Védís
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: medieval-studies
Useful for beginners in the field although a bit dated. Some of the chapters were in my opinion too narrowly focused on the opinion of the scholar writing them and their personal beliefs colored the writing, to the point of some issues not being supported by proper evidence. Reminds me of the saying: "It is known" from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.

The bibliography is a useful start for someone wanting to study the field - although personally I find the Internet a lot more useful..
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