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Shapeshifters in Medieval North Atlantic Literature

Author: Santiago Francisco Barreiro
Publisher: Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2018.
Series: Early Medieval North Atlantic Ser.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Representations of shapeshifters are prominent in medieval culture and they are particularly abundant in the vernacular literatures of the societies around the North Sea. Some of the figures in these stories remain well known in later folklore and often even in modern media, such as werewolves, dragons, berserkir and bird-maidens. Incorporating studies about Old English, Norse, Latin, Irish, and Welsh literature,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Barreiro, Santiago Francisco.
Shapeshifters in Medieval North Atlantic Literature.
Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Santiago Francisco Barreiro
ISBN: 9789048535132 9048535131
OCLC Number: 1089009536
Description: 1 online resource (189 pages)
Contents: Cover; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Medieval Thought and Shapeshifting; Santiago Barreiro and Luciana Cordo Russo; 1. Wundor wearð on wege 'a wonder happened on the way'; Shifting shapes and meanings in Old English Riddles; Rafał Borysławski; 2. The Big Black Cats of Vatnsdalr and Other Trolls; Talking about shapeshifting in medieval Iceland; Ármann Jakobsson; 3. The Hoard Makes the Dragon; Fáfnir as a Shapeshifter; Santiago Barreiro; 4. Eigi í mannligu eðli; Shape, Monstrosity and Berserkism in the Íslendingasögur; Rebecca Merkelbach; 5. The Cursed and the Committed A Study in Literary Representations of 'Involuntary' Shapeshifting in Early Medieval Irish and Old Norse Narrative TraditionsCamilla With Pedersen; 6. Unde sunt aues istae?; Notes on Bird-Shapeshifting, Bird Messengers, and Early Medieval Hagiography; Santiago Disalvo; 7. Sin, Punishment, and Magic; Changing Form in Medieval Welsh Literature; Luciana Cordo Russo; Index
Series Title: Early Medieval North Atlantic Ser.
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Representations of shapeshifters are prominent in medieval culture and they are particularly abundant in the vernacular literatures of the societies around the North Sea. Some of the figures in these stories remain well known in later folklore and often even in modern media, such as werewolves, dragons, berserkir and bird-maidens. Incorporating studies about Old English, Norse, Latin, Irish, and Welsh literature, this collection of essays marks an important new contribution to the study of medieval shapeshifters. Each essay highlights how shapeshifting cannot be studied in isolation, but intersects with many other topics, such as the supernatural, monstrosity, animality, gender and identity. Contributors to this volume come from different intellectual traditions, embracing a multidisciplinary approach combining influences from literary criticism, history, philology, and anthropology.

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