Session829
TitleOtherness, Monstrosity, and Deviation in Old Norse Literature and Culture, IV: Approaches to Legendary Otherness
Date/TimeTuesday 4 July 2017: 16.30-18.00
 
SponsorOld Norse Network of Otherness (ONNO)
 
OrganiserGwendolyne Knight, Historiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet
Rebecca Merkelbach, Abteilung für Skandinavistik, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
 
Moderator/ChairJoanne Shortt Butler, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
 
Paper 829-a Dwarves and Disability: Exploring Norse Literature through Disability Studies
(Language: English)
Natalie Whitaker, Department of English, Saint Louis University, Missouri
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian; Mentalities; Social History
Paper 829-b Rendering Myth into Legends: The Guises of King Guðmundr of Glæsisvellir
(Language: English)
Jonathan Hui, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian; Pagan Religions
Paper 829-c Only Half Human: Re-Reading Hálfdanar Saga Brönufóstra
(Language: English)
Lorenzo Lozzi Gallo, Dipartimento di Civiltà antiche e moderne, Università degli Studi di Messina
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Scandinavian; Sexuality
 
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. This final session will explore legendary and mythological characters in their contexts. Matters of textual convention, ability and disability, and gender will be highlighted.