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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 845: Social Boundaries in Scandinavia and Iceland, IV: Narrative Boundaries

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Alexander Wilson, Department of English Studies, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Tom Morcom, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Paper 845-aThe Doors of Storytelling: Negotiating Transgression and Transformation in Svarfdæla saga
(Language: English)
Basil Price, Department of English, Arizona State University
Index terms: Anthropology, Architecture - Secular, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 845-bAt the Boundaries of Narration and 'Work': Locating Reykdœla saga in the Intertext of the Sagas of Northern Iceland
(Language: English)
Andreas Schmidt, Abteilung für Skandinavistik Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities
Paper 845-c'But where are the crimes? That's the whole point!': Defining and Rewriting 'Transgressions' in Eyrbyggja saga's 'Fróðárundur'
(Language: English)
Thomas Spray, Department of English Studies, Durham University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Medievalism and Antiquarianism

This panel demonstrates how reconsidering the narrative boundaries of saga literature enables innovative analysis of medieval textual relationships and modern literary-critical approaches. Basil Arnould Price argues that Svarfdæla saga illustrates socio-spatial norms through depictions of threshold-crossing, with its narrative driven by the continuous negotiation of transgressive movements and identities. Andreas Schmidt questions modern textual classifications by suggesting that some saga-groups can also be understood as intertexts, analysing Reykdœla saga's narrative structure as an example. Thomas Spray assesses the reception of Eyrbyggja saga to argue that interpretations of narrative 'transgressions' are diachronically mediated, with definitions of transgressiveness always subject to (re)negotiation.