IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1106: Clash of Cultures in Old Norse Saga Literature

Wednesday 14 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Organiser:Emily Lethbridge, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Judy Quinn, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 1106-aGrettir, Njal, and Aguirre: The Use of Two Saga Motifs in Werner Herzog's Aguirre, Der Zorn Gottes (1972)
(Language: English)
James M. Rose, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 1106-bNarrative Perspective in Gisla saga Surssonar and Agust Gudmundsson's Utlaginn (1981)
(Language: English)
Emily Lethbridge, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 1106-cEast as Other in the Sagas of Icelanders?
(Language: English)
Andrew Rigby, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Abstract

The first paper in this session will explore Werner Herzog’s relationship with Old Norse literature, especially his familiarity with Njals saga and Grettis saga, and will examine the role of these two motifs in the context of the film’s major themes. The second paper, continuing the theme of saga literature in film, will compare the narrative techniques employed in Agust Gudmundsson’s 1981 film of Gisla saga, Utlaginn, with those in the two principal manuscript versions of the saga. The third paper will continue to investigate ‘clash of cultures’ through exploring occurrences of ‘austr’ and examining the significance of ‘easterners’ and eastern journeys in the Islendingasogur.