Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Critical Guide

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Critical Guide

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Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Critical Guide, ed. Carol J. Clover and John Linclow, with a new preface by Theodore M. Andersson, Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching 42 (Toronto, Buffalo, and London: University of Toronto Press in association with the Medieval Academy of America, 2005). xiv + 390 pp. ISBN 0-8020-3823-9. £22.50. This volume of bibliographical essays is a reprint of the edition first published by Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY, 1985) in the Islandica Series (volume 40). Twenty years after its original date of publication, this still forms essential reading for students beginning work on Old Norse, as for more established scholars. Designed as a 'serviceable guide' to the major genres of Old Norsc-Icelandic literature (p. 3), it provides impressively full bibliographical references up to 1983, while summarizing and commenting on the main trends in critical thinking within each area: 'Mythology and mythography', 'Eddic poetry', 'Skaldic poetry', 'Kings' sagas' (Konungasögur), 'Icelandic family sagas' (Islendingasögur), and 'Norse romance' (Riddarasögur). …

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