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An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders$
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Carl Phelpstead

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066516

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066516.001.0001

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Reading Selected Sagas

Reading Selected Sagas

(p.93) 4 Reading Selected Sagas
An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders

Carl Phelpstead

University Press of Florida

Chapter 4 examines a selection of the most admired and most widely studied sagas of Icelanders. It demonstrates how the source traditions discussed in chapter 2 and the thematic concerns examined in chapter 3 come together in narrative explorations of identity. Themes of gender and sexuality, family, human and non-human relations, friendship, and more are explored in brief yet thorough overviews of these Icelandic stories. The texts discussed in detail include: Auðunar þáttr vestfirzka (“The Tale of Audun from the West Fjords”), the poets’ sagas (skáldasögur), Egils saga Skallagrímssonar, the Vínland sagas, outlaw sagas (Gísla saga and Grettis saga), Laxdæla saga and Njáls saga.

Keywords:   Auðunar þáttr vestfirzka, saga, skáldasögur, Egils saga Skallagrímssonar, Vínland, outlaw saga, Gísla saga, Grettis saga, Laxdæla saga, Njáls saga

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