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Learning and Understanding in the Old Norse World: Essays in Honour of Margaret Clunies Ross (Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe) (Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe) [Hardcover]

By Judy Quinn (Editor), Kate Heslop (Editor) & Tarrin Wills (Editor)
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This volume presents twenty essays by leading scholars of Old Norse which bring into focus the nature of learned traditions - both oral and written - in medieval Scandinavia and the interpretation and re-interpretation of them over time. Theoretical frameworks for understanding Old Norse literature is the initial topic of the collection, which then moves on to present recent work on Old Norse myth and society; current perspectives on oral traditions in performance and text; and reflections on medieval ideas about language, both vernacular and Latin. The collection is rounded off by a section on prolonged traditions - the transformation of local and imported traditions into new literary forms. Individual essays in the volume offer significant primary research as well as reconsiderations of key issues in scholarship, their subjects ranging widely, both conceptually and chronologically, around the twin themes of learning and understanding. Like the research of the volume's honorand, Margaret Clunies Ross, Learning and Understanding in the Old Norse World exemplifies the diversity and vigour of current research in the field of Old Norse and draws together philological, literary, historical and anthropological perspectives on the subject.



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Pages   456
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   2.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 28, 2007
Publisher   Brepols Publishers
ISBN  2503525806  
ISBN13  9782503525808  


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Ilaidj  Feb 23, 2008
"Learning and Understanding in the Old Norse World" is a collection of well-writen and in-depth essays by leading experts on old norse literature, among which are Lars Lönnroth, Guðrún Nordal, Gísli Sigurðsson, Edith Marold and John Lindow. Despite its valuable and thoughtful contents this book is not intended for general audience, as it requires considerable knowledge of previous research on old norse literature and stucturalist and post-structuralist methods let alone acquaintance with old norse literature itself. Otherwise the book is hard to comprehend.

The only exception to essays focused on literature is Stefan Brink's piece on sacral toponymy entitled "How Uniform Was the Old Norse Religion?" which summarizes current research on Scandinavian place names. It is quite a valuable contribution to the volume since most of Scandinavian place-names research is available in Scandinavian languages only.

The volume gives a good outlook on changes occurred in the last 20 years in the field of old norse literature studies, especially regarding its theoretical framework. Essays presented qualify as worthy the honorand's own high-quality research, as Margaret Clunies Ross remains one of the most influential scholars of our times.
 

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