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The Laxdoela Saga : Its Structural Patterns

By: Madelung, A. Margaret Arent

Part of the University of North Carolina Studies in Germanic Languages and Literature series
1469657848 / 9781469657844
Paperback / softback
Stock expected by 19/06/2020
United States
152 x 229 mm 280 pages
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This study is an unorthodox approach to the origin, historicity, and authorship of the anonymous Icelandic sagas.

Following the publication of her translation of the LaxdOEla Saga, in this volume Madelung uses her deep knowledge of the text to demonstrate the literary quality and aesthetic structure of the work, especially the function of repetition.

She shows that the Saga contains a historical-political analogy between the period in which the story is set (the eleventh century) and the saga-author's own time two centuries later.

The apparently straightforward prose is camouflage, and the symbolism provides the key to the hidden analogy.


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