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Women in Old Norse Literature

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Old Norse texts offer different ideas about what it is to be female, presenting women in diverse social and economic positions. This book analyzes female characters in medieval Icelandic saga literature, and demonstrates how they engaged with some of the most contested values of the period, revealing the anxieties of both the authors and audiences.

With Women in Old Norse Literature: Bodies, Words, and Power, Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir offers a high-quality piece of research, especially as regards its detailed and accurate close reading of the Old Norse text sources. This monograph will certainly stimulate much discussion on female characters in Old Norse literature, and forthcoming research will have to measure up to this definitive work. (Lukas Rösli, Scandinavian Studies, Vol. 88 (2), 2016)

"Fridriksdóttir is to be thanked for offering saga narratives not solely as engines of social control nor simply as exercises in imaginative empowerment, but rather as open, unpredictable worlds, created by their authors not so much to pursue a predetermined agenda as to entertain and excite reflection on the part of their audiences . . . Women in Old Norse Literature: Bodies, Words, and Power promises valuable future work on the implications of these sagas for understanding this society in greater depth, especially in how the various roles of both men and women were imagined in the evolving tension between traditional Norse forms of thought and feeling and the 'dominant paradigms' of medieval Christian culture." - The Medieval Review

"In her concluding chapter, Fridriksdóttir reminds us of the book's goals: to consider other types of female characters and genres; to analyze the relationship between gender and power across genres; and to challenge the stereotype of women wielding power as violent only. Women in Old Norse Literature does all of this and more, and Fridriksdóttir has made a wonderful contribution to scholarship." - Speculum

Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Iceland. She has published several articles on Old Norse-Icelandic prose and poetry.

Introduction 1: Women Speaking 2: Women and Magic 3: Monstrous Women 4: Royal and Aristocratic Women 5: The Female Ruler Conclusion

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Women in Old Norse Literature
Code EAN: 9781349298624
ISBN: 134929862X
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Palgrave Macmillan US
Genre: Sciences sociales, droit et économie
nombre de pages: 208
Poids: 269g
Taille: H216mm x B140mm x T11mm
Année: 2013
Auflage: 1st ed. 2013

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