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Dating the Sagas

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Anonymously written and transcribed from oral tales, the family sagas of Iceland are notoriously difficult texts to date. In this book, a host of contributors address the methodological problems inherent in dating the sagas, and in the process they offer insightful discussions of the saga form itself. Focusing on the several new written genres that developed in Iceland in the thirteenth century, they locate the dynamic position of the sagas at the intersection of oral and written traditions. In doing so, they highlight the crucial problems of philological research and the importance of accuracy in understanding literary history.

218 pages | 6 3/8 x 9 1/2 | © 2013

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

Medieval Studies

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Table of Contents

      Else Mundal

What Is Dated, and Why? Saga Dating in the Histories of Old Norse-Icelandic Literature
      Jürg Glauser
The Dating of the Oldest Sagas about Early Icelanders
      Else Mundal
Redating Fóstbroeðra saga
      Theodore M. Andersson
Dating the Sagas and Gísla saga Súrssonar
      Emily Lethbridge
Dating Eyrbyggja saga: The Value of “Circumstantial” Evidence for Determining the Time of Composition of Sagas about Early Icelanders
      Torfi H. Tulinius
Dating the Archetype: Eyrbyggja saga and Egils saga Skallagrímssonar
      Jonna Louis-Jensen
The Temporality of the (Immanent) Saga: Tinkering with Forumlas
      Slavica Ranković
Skaldic Citations and Settlement Stories as Parametres for Saga Dating
      Guđrún Nordal
List of Contributors

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