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The growth of the medieval Icelandic sagas (1180-1280)

Author: Theodore Murdock Andersson
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, ©2006.
Series: Cornell paperbacks
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"Theodore M. Andersson, a leading scholar of the Norse sagas, introduces readers to the development of the Icelandic sagas between 1180 and 1280, a crucial period that witnessed a gradual shift of emphasis from tales of adventure and personal distinction to the analysis of political and historical propositions. Andersson emphasizes a historical perspective, establishing a chronology for seventeen of the most  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Andersson, Theodore Murdock, 1934-
Growth of the medieval Icelandic sagas (1180-1280).
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2005025054
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore Murdock Andersson
ISBN: 9780801460302 0801460301
OCLC Number: 726824181
Description: 1 online resource (x, 237 pages).
Contents: From hagiography to hero : Odd Snorrason's saga Olaf Tryggvason --
Sanctifying a Viking chieftain : the oldest/legendary saga of Saint Olaf --
Creating personalities : the saga age Icelanders --
Defining political identities : the saga of King Magnús and King Harald --
Political ambiguities : Egils saga Skallagrímssonar --
Turning inward : Ljósvetninga saga --
Gilding an age : Laxdola saga --
Two views of Icelandic history : Eyrbyggja saga and Vatnsdaela saga --
Pondering justice : Haensa-Þóris saga, Bandamanna saga, and Hrafnkels saga --
Demythologizing the tradition : Njáls saga.
Series Title: Cornell paperbacks
Responsibility: Theodore M. Andersson.

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"Theodore M. Andersson, a leading scholar of the Norse sagas, introduces readers to the development of the Icelandic sagas between 1180 and 1280, a crucial period that witnessed a gradual shift of emphasis from tales of adventure and personal distinction to the analysis of political and historical propositions. Andersson emphasizes a historical perspective, establishing a chronology for seventeen of the most important sagas and showing how they evolve thematically and stylistically over the century under study. He revisits the long-standing debate about the oral and literary components of the sagas by arguing that there is a clear progression from the somewhat mechanical gathering of oral lore in the early sagas to an increasingly tight and authorially controlled composition in the later sagas."--Jacket.

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