Constructing History: The Use of the Past as a Model for the Present in the Icelandic Sagas

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Abstrakt

The Icelandic sagas can be read and interpreted in many ways. This article examines the sagas both as literary expressions of a longstanding oral tradition and as part of a collective and cultural memory. The focus in the first part is on people and places in the sagas as “realms of memory”: things that help construct a common past and a common identity. The second part of the article explores the role of the sagas in medieval Iceland as “key myths” that explain the origin and uniqueness of a society, and as moral and legal role models legitimizing the current social order.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftCollegium Medievale
Vol/bind23
Sider (fra-til)5-32
Antal sider28
ISSN0801-9282
StatusUdgivet - 2010

Emneord

  • Iceland
  • Erindring
  • Kulturhistorie

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