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    Blaxter, Tam 2015. Gender and language change in Old Norse sentential negatives. Language Variation and Change, Vol. 27, Issue. 03, p. 349.

    Horodowich, Elizabeth 2014. Venetians in America: Nicolò Zen and the Virtual Exploration of the New World. Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 67, Issue. 3, p. 841.

    Cormack, Margaret 2007. Fact and Fiction in the Icelandic Sagas. History Compass, Vol. 5, Issue. 1, p. 201.

    Melve, Leidulf 2003. Literacy --Aurality --Orality A Survey of Recent Research into the Orality/Literacy Complex of the Latin Middle Ages (600-1500). Symbolae Osloenses, Vol. 78, Issue. 1, p. 143.

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From the period of settlement (870–930) to the end of the fourteenth century, Icelanders produced one of the most varied and original literatures of medieval Europe. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive account of Old Icelandic literature within its social setting and across a range of genres. An international team of specialists examines the ways in which the unique social experiment in Iceland, a kingless society without an established authority structure, inspired a wealth of innovative writing composed in the Icelandic vernacular. Icelanders explored their uniqueness through poetry, mythologies, metrical treatises, religious writing, and through saga, a new literary genre which textualised their history and incorporated oral traditions in a written form. The book shows that Icelanders often used their textual abilities to gain themselves political and intellectual advantage, not least in the period when the state's freedom came to an end.

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‘… it works as a sound new slant on [Old Icelandic literature] from a contemporary academic perspective. All those working in the field will want to take account of it.’

Heather O’Donoghue Source: The Times Literary Supplement

' … the book provides a well-grounded and interesting introduction to Old Icelandic literature, with the bonus of multiple signposts towards new directions in Old Norse scholarship.'

Source: Modern Language Review

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