IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 729: Otherness, Monstrosity, and Deviation in Old Norse Literature and Culture, III: Norms and Social Order

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Old Norse Network of Otherness (ONNO)
Organisers:Gwendolyne Knight, Historiska institutionen, Stockholms Universitet
Rebecca Merkelbach, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Gwendolyne Knight, Historiska institutionen, Stockholms Universitet
Paper 729-aBerserks and Bad Behaviour: Investigating Deviance and Normativity in Eyrbyggja Saga
(Language: English)
Keith Ruiter, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Law, Social History
Paper 729-bThe Monster behind Us: Paganism, Warriorhood, and the Changing of the Social Order in Egils Saga
(Language: English)
K. James McMullen, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Pagan Religions
Paper 729-cThe Friendly 'Others': Cooperation between Steppe Nomadic People and the Vikings
(Language: English)
Csete Katona, School of History & Ethnography, University of Debrecen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Social History

Introducing the newly formed Old Norse Network of Otherness, and as part of a series of sessions, these papers explore a variety of issues concerning the representations of and attitudes toward different forms of otherness, monstrosity, and deviation in medieval Icelandic literature and culture, and beyond. These sessions are meant to complement the proposed sessions entitled ‘Men and Masculinities in Old Norse Literature’. Drawing on a variety of theoretical and comparative approaches, questions of behavioural, socio-cultural, and textual otherness will be addressed, and the interplay of genre, character, text, and culture will be explored through the others, monsters and deviants of Old Norse literature and history. In this third session, issues of social and behavioural otherness and deviation will be analysed in both a literary as well as a broad historical and cultural context.