Session729
TitleOtherness, Monstrosity, and Deviation in Old Norse Literature and Culture, III: Norms and Social Order
Date/TimeTuesday 4 July 2017: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorOld Norse Network of Otherness (ONNO)
 
OrganiserGwendolyne Knight, Historiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet
Rebecca Merkelbach, Abteilung für Skandinavistik, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
 
Moderator/ChairGwendolyne Knight, Historiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet
 
Paper 729-a Berserks and Bad Behaviour: Investigating Deviance and Normativity in Eyrbyggja Saga
(Language: English)
Keith Ruiter, School of English, University of Nottingham
Index Terms: Daily Life; Language and Literature - Scandinavian; Law; Social History
Paper 729-b The Monster behind Us: Paganism, Warriorhood, and the Changing of the Social Order in Egils Saga
(Language: English)
K. James McMullen, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian; Pagan Religions
Paper 729-c The Friendly 'Others': Cooperation between Steppe Nomadic People and the Vikings
(Language: English)
Csete Katona, Department of History, University of Debrecen
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian; Social History
 
AbstractIntroducing the newly formed Old Norse Network of Otherness, and as part of a series of sessions, these papers explore a variety of issues concerning the representations of and attitudes toward different forms of otherness, monstrosity, and deviation in medieval Icelandic literature and culture, and beyond. These sessions are meant to complement the proposed sessions entitled 'Men and Masculinities in Old Norse Literature'. Drawing on a variety of theoretical and comparative approaches, questions of behavioural, socio-cultural, and textual otherness will be addressed, and the interplay of genre, character, text, and culture will be explored through the others, monsters and deviants of Old Norse literature and history. In this third session, issues of social and behavioural otherness and deviation will be analysed in both a literary as well as a broad historical and cultural context.