Session735
TitleOld Norse-Icelandic Sagas: Marking and Crossing Borders of Genre
Date/TimeTuesday 5 July 2022: 14.15-15.45
 
OrganiserSabine Heidi Walther, Institut für Germanistik, Vergleichende Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft, Skandinavistik, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
 
Moderator/ChairFriederike Richter, Nordeuropa-Institut, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Abteilung für Nordische Philologie, Universität Zürich
 
Paper 735-a Towards the Application of Film Genre Theory in Saga Studies
(Language: English)
Yoav Tirosh, Centre for Disability Studies, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 735-b Making Sense of Beigaðr's Death: Contextual and Generic Factors in the Íslendingasögur and Landnámabók
(Language: English)
James Titterington, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 735-c Sagas Crossing Genre Borders
(Language: English)
Sabine Heidi Walther, Institut für Germanistik, Vergleichende Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft, Skandinavistik, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Scandinavian
 
AbstractSaga genres are notoriously problematic to define. However, the categorisation according to genre is not a superficial exercise that we undertake for practical reasons to give things a name, but it has important implications for the understanding and interpretation of saga literature. The three papers of this session will address the question of saga genres from three different angles. Yoav Tirosh explores the possibilities of a theoretical transfer of hermeneutic tools from modern film genre theory to saga studies. Anna Katharina Heiniger analyzes comments in the meta-narrative, which can be interpreted as stylistic and generic signposts regarding contemporary notions of narrative aesthetics. Sabine Heidi Walther investigates sagas that deliberately play with markers of different saga genres, asking what it may reveal with regards to the authorial awareness of narratological concepts such as the narrator or fictionality.