Session 845: Social Boundaries in Scandinavia and Iceland, IV: Narrative Boundaries
Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00
|Alexander Wilson, Department of English Studies, Durham University
|Tom Morcom, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
|The Doors of Storytelling: Negotiating Transgression and Transformation in Svarfdæla saga
Index terms: Anthropology, Architecture - Secular, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
|At the Boundaries of Narration and 'Work': Locating Reykdœla saga in the Intertext of the Sagas of Northern Iceland
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities
|'But where are the crimes? That's the whole point!': Defining and Rewriting 'Transgressions' in Eyrbyggja saga's 'Fróðárundur'
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.