Medial perspectives on textual culture in the Icelandic Middle Ages

With editorial assistance from Isabelle Ravizza

Medienwandel – Medienwechsel – Medienwissen. ISSN 2504-1045, Band 29
Erscheint im März 2018. ca. 328 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-0340-1029-0
ca. CHF 48.00 / EUR 48.00 
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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 a medial approach to Iceland’s extraordinarily rich and long-lived textual culture.

is a post-doctoral research fellow on the project «Mediality: Historical Perspectives» at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Her main research interests are in medieval Scandinavian literature and culture, and media studies.

Aufsätze im Chronos Verlag

is Professor for Nordic Philology at the Scandinavian Studies Department of the University of Basel and at the German Department of the University of Zurich. His main research interests are in Scandinavian medieval and early modern literatures and in Icelandic literature.
  • The Fourth Grammatical Treatise as medial poetics
  • Njáls saga and its listeners’ assumed knowledge. Applying notions of mediality to a medieval text
  • How fast could Flateyjarbók have been written?
  • The mediality of Mímir
  • Compilations, collections and composite manuscripts. Some notes on the manuscript Hauksbók
  • The terminology of reading and writing in Sturlunga saga
  • To what degree did written texts change oral performance?
  • Islendingasaga – couple romance – exemplum: Víglundar saga and the mediality of the söguöld
  • Conspicuous mediality in a medieval poem: the case of Merlínússpá
  • Looking ahead to what is long past: the mediality of Jóreiðr’s dreaming in Sturlunga saga
  • The written legacy of the Sturlung age. Reflections on a media change
  • Saints and sinners. The production and uses of Icelandic manuscripts 1300–1600
  • Virtues and vices: The Fourth Grammatical Treatise

Diese Buchreihe vereinigt Studien des gleichnamigen Nationalen Forschungsschwerpunkts sowie mediengeschichtliche Arbeiten. Sie rückt die Zeit vor der Ausbreitung der Massenmedien und insbesondere die medialen Verhältnisse der Vormoderne ins Zentrum. Damit ermöglicht sie Einblicke in die Andersartigkeit älterer Kommunikationsformen und erlaubt es gleichzeitig, Voraussetzungen für die mediale Formierung der Neuzeit zu ergründen.