IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1621: Memory in Old Norse Literature

Thursday 5 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Memory & the Pre-Modern North Network
Organisers:Simon Nygaard, Afdeling for Religionsvidenskab, Aarhus Universitet
Yoav Tirosh, Faculty of Icelandic & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Moderator/Chair:Lukas Rösli, Deutsches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Paper 1621-aPoetic Memory in the Fornaldarsögur
(Language: English)
Timothy Rowbotham, Centre for Medieval Studies / Department of English & Related Literature, University of York
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1621-bRemembering Haraldr Hardráði, Forgetting Óláfr Kyrri: The Partisan Cultural Memory of Morkinskinna
(Language: English)
Tom Morcom, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1621-cMyths of the Foremother Auðr/Unnr Re-Interpreted in Icelandic Literature during the 'Era of Memory'
(Language: English)
Sofie Vanherpen, Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Women's Studies

In the discussion of memory in the Old Norse field, it seems that the Íslendingasögur (Sagas of the Early Icelanders) have taken a prominent place. However, other genres such as the otherwise much debated Íslendingaþættir, fornaldarsögur, and post-medieval literature have not received as much attention. This session will focus on these (somewhat neglected) texts and what they bring to the table. The question of their composition will be in the forefront of the discussion.