IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1745: Rímur: On the Borders of Orality and Literacy

Thursday 9 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Teresa Dröfn Freysdóttir Njarðvík, Faculty of Icelandic & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland, Reykjavík / Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Reykjavík
Moderator/Chair:Katarzyna Anna Kapitan, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Københavns Universitet
Paper 1745-aFrom Prose to Verse and Back Again
(Language: English)
Matthew Driscoll, Irish & Celtic Studies Research Institute, University of Ulster / Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Literacy and Orality, Performance Arts - General
Paper 1745-bÖlvis rímur sterka: Oral Aspects of Rímur Transmission
(Language: English)
Teresa Dröfn Freysdóttir Njarðvík, Faculty of Icelandic & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland, Reykjavík / Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Reykjavík
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Literacy and Orality, Performance Arts - General
Paper 1745-cPerformative Features and Styles in Medieval Rímur
(Language: English)
Pétur Húni Björnsson, School of Humanities, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Literacy and Orality, Performance Arts - General
Paper 1745-dThe Language of Kraftaskáld Magic in the Rímur Forms
(Language: English)
Eirik Westcoat, Faculty of Icelandic & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Literacy and Orality, Performance Arts - General
Abstract

This four paper session will focus on the Icelandic rímur tradition, as a tradition standing at the borders of orality and litaracy. The papers in the session will explore how the material preserved in rímur form tends to flow between mediums, from prose to poetry and back, how rímur were transmitted and preserved in oral tradition, how performative features and styles have set its mark upon the tradition, and in what way language use in sorcerous rímur augment their effectiveness.