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

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Old Norse texts offer many different ideas about what it is to be female, presenting women who occupy diverse social and economic positions or who have varying racial origins. Covering a much wider range of texts than have previous studies, this book presents a comprehensive and ground-breaking analysis of women in Old Norse literature. Raising new, probing questions, generated by theoretical insights from comparative studies, and from feminist, queer, monster and speech act theory, Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir explores the many ways in which medieval Icelandic sagas construct the relationship between women and power. Illuminating the preoccupations, desires, and anxieties of the sagas' authors and audiences, this book offers excitingly fresh perspectives on how Icelandic prose genres mediate medieval attitudes to women, power, social organization, and ideal human behavior.

About the Author

Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Iceland.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1: Women Speaking

2: Women and Magic

3: Monstrous Women

4: Royal and Aristocratic Women

5: The Female Ruler

Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230120426
Author:
Frioriksdottir, Johanna Katrin
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Author:
Friðriksdóttir, Jóhanna Katrín
Author:
Fri Riksd Ttir, J. Hanna Katr N.
Author:
Friðriksdóttir, Jóhanna Katrín
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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