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Gender, Violence, and the Past in Edda and Saga

David Clark


This book is the first study to investigate both the relation between gender and violence in the Old Norse Poetic Edda and key family and contemporary sagas, and the interrelated nature of these genres. Beginning with an analysis of Eddaic attitudes to heroic violence and its gendered nature through the figures of Guðrún and Helgi, the study broadens out to the whole poetic compilation and how the past (and particularly the mythological past) inflects the heroic present. This paves the way for a consideration of the comparable relationship between the heroic poems themselves and later reworkin ... More

Keywords: gender, sexuality, masculinity, Old Norse, medieval, violence, revenge, sagas, Edda

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199654307
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654307.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Clark, author
Lecturer in Old English, University of Leicester