Kate Heslop, Jürg Glauser (Hg.)


Medial perspectives on textual culture in the Icelandic Middle Ages

With editorial assistance from Isabelle Ravizza

Medienwandel – Medienwechsel – Medienwissen. ISSN 2504-1045, Band 29
2018. ca. 300 S. Br. ca. CHF 48.00 / ca. EUR 48.00
ISBN 978-3-0340-1029-0

Erscheinungstermin 03 / 18 | in den Warenkorb


Among the texts examined are Sturlunga saga, a narrative cycle depicting the bitter feuding preceding Iceland’s loss of independence in 1262/4; Hauksbók or «Haukr’s Book», a manuscript «micro-library», containing among other things a history of the Christianisation of Iceland, narratives about legendary Vikings, the story of Troy, and computistical material; Víglundar saga, an exemplary romance in saga form; grammatical treatises in which native poetry is analysed in terms of classical rhetoric; and a tiny sixteenth-century manuscript of the vita of St Margaret, written as an amulet for the scribe’s pregnant daughter. Showcasing medially-focused responses to a wide range of medieval writing and textuality, the collection demonstrates the promise of this approach to Iceland’s extraordinarily rich and long-lived textual culture.