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Women in Old Norse Literature: Bodies, Words, and Power - The New Middle Ages (Hardback)
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Women in Old Norse Literature: Bodies, Words, and Power - The New Middle Ages (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 18/03/2013
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Old Norse texts offer different ideas about what it is to be female, presenting women in diverse social and economic positions. This book analyzes female characters in medieval Icelandic saga literature, and demonstrates how they engaged with some of the most contested values of the period, revealing the anxieties of both the authors and audiences.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230120426
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm


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"With Women in Old Norse Literature: Bodies, Words, and Power, Johanna Katrin Fridriksdottir offers a high-quality piece of research, especially as regards its detailed and accurate close reading of the Old Norse text sources. This monograph will certainly stimulate much discussion on female characters in Old Norse literature, and forthcoming research will have to measure up to this definitive work." (Lukas Roesli, Scandinavian Studies, Vol. 88 (2), 2016)

"Fridriksdottir is to be thanked for offering saga narratives not solely as engines of social control nor simply as exercises in imaginative empowerment, but rather as open, unpredictable worlds, created by their authors not so much to pursue a predetermined agenda as to entertain and excite reflection on the part of their audiences . . . Women in Old Norse Literature: Bodies, Words, and Power promises valuable future work on the implications of these sagas for understanding this society in greater depth, especially in how the various roles of both men and women were imagined in the evolving tension between traditional Norse forms of thought and feeling and the 'dominant paradigms' of medieval Christian culture." - The Medieval Review

"In her concluding chapter, Fridriksdottir reminds us of the book's goals: to consider other types of female characters and genres; to analyze the relationship between gender and power across genres; and to challenge the stereotype of women wielding power as violent only. Women in Old Norse Literature does all of this and more, and Fridriksdottir has made a wonderful contribution to scholarship." - Speculum

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