History of Icelandic Literature (Histories of Scandinavian Literature Series)

History of Icelandic Literature (Histories of Scandinavian Literature Series)

By: Daisy L. Neijmann (editor)Hardback

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A History of Icelandic Literature provides a complete overview of the literature of Iceland, from the country's settlement in the ninth century until the present day, including chapters on lesser-known areas such as drama, children's literature, women's literature, and North American Icelandic literature. It is the first work to give non-Icelandic readers a wide-ranging introduction to Iceland's literature and each contributor to this volume is a recognized expert in his or her area. Despite its peripheral geographical position and small population, Iceland produced some of the most remarkable literary treasures of the Middle Ages, particularly sagas and Eddic poetry. These medieval works have inspired poets and writers across the centuries, who in turn have inspired the Icelandic people during the country's long history of hardships and up to its more affluent present. This volume extends knowledge of Icelandic literature outside the country and encourages its inclusion in comparative studies of literatures across national and linguistic boundaries.

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Daisy Neijmann is Halldor Laxness Lecturer in Modern Icelandic Language and Literature at University College London. She is the author of Colloquial Icelandic: A Complete Course for Beginners and The Icelandic Voice in Canadian Letters: The Contribution of Icelandic-Canadian Writers to Canadian Literature.


1: The Middle Ages Vesteinn Olason and Sverrir Tomasson; Old Icelandic Poetry (Vesteinn Olason); Old Icelandic Prose (Sverrir Tomasson) 2: From Reformation to Enlightenment Margret Eggertsdottir 3: From Romanticism to Realism thornorir Oskarsson 4: From Realism to Neo-Romanticism Guethni Elisson 5: Realism and Revolt: Between the World Wars Jon Yngvi Johannsson 6: Icelandic Prose Literature since 1940 Astraethur Eysteinsson and Ulfhildur Dagsdottir; Icelandic Prose Literature 1940-1980 (Astraethur Eysteinsson); Icelandic Prose Literature since 1980 (Astraethur Eysteinsson and Ulfhildur Dagsdottir) 7: Icelandic Poetry since 1940 Eysteinn thornorvaldsson 8: Searching for Herself: Female Experience and Female Tradition in Icelandic Literature Helga Kress 9: Icelandic Theatre Arni Ibsen and Havar Sigurjonsson; Icelandic Theatre, 1790-1975 (Arni Ibsen); Icelandic Theatre since 1975 (Havar Sigurjonsson) 10: Icelandic Children's Literature, 1780-2000 Silja Aethalsteinsdottir 11: Icelandic-Canadian Literature Daisy Neijmann

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/01/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780803233461
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 736
  • ID: 9780803233461
  • weight: 1211
  • ISBN10: 0803233469

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