Session538
TitleAfter the Icelandic Commonwealth, I: (Re)Imagining Iceland
Date/TimeTuesday 5 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
 
OrganiserBasil Arnould Price, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
 
Moderator/ChairThomas Morcom, Abteilung für Skandinavistik, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
 
Paper 538-a Iceland and the World: Constructing Storyworlds and Retelling the Past in Late Medieval Iceland
(Language: English)
Rebecca Merkelbach, Abteilung für Skandinavistik, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 538-b 'I will go nowhere': Futurity in the Political Landscapes of Njáls Saga and Grettis Saga
(Language: English)
Basil Arnould Price, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian; Political Thought
Paper 538-c Talking about the Weather: Hauksbók, Eco-History, and Elite Identity in 14th-Century Iceland
(Language: English)
Adam Bierstedt, School of Library & Information Sciences, Simmons University, Massachusetts
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian; Mentalities
 
AbstractThis is the first panel in a series on 'Iceland in the Medieval World', focusing on discursive navigations of the social, cultural, and political position of Iceland, after the island became part of the kingdom of Norway in 1262-1264. This panel considers how Old-Norse Icelandic texts imagined medieval Iceland, and the position of this island in narrative, temporal, and metaphysical worlds. These papers play on anthropologist Barbara Bender's proposal that 'landscape is time materializing' to consider how later medieval texts narrate the geological, meteorological, and historic past of Iceland in order to make sense of a politically uncertain and socially insecure present.