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This study is an unorthodox approach to the origin, historicity, and authorship of the anonymous Icelandic sagas. Following the publication of her translation of the Laxdœla Saga, in this volume Madelung uses her deep knowledge of the text to demonstrate the literary quality and aesthetic structure of the work, especially the function of repetition. She shows that the Saga contains a historical-political analogy between the period in which the story is set (the eleventh century) and the saga-author’s own time two centuries later. The apparently straightforward prose is camouflage, and the symbolism provides the key to the hidden analogy.

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  1. Cover
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  1. The Laxdœla Saga: Its Structural Patterns
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  1. The Laxdœla Saga: Its Structural Patterns
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Preface
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Chapter I: Foreknowledge
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  1. Chapter II: Repetition
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  1. Chapter III: Comparison: Parallels and Contrasts
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  1. Chapter IV: Triplets and Quadruplets: Contrapuntal Variation
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  1. Chapter V: Recurrence
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  1. Literary Perspectives
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  1. Notes
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  1. Appendix I: Genealogical Tables
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  1. Appendix II: Manuscripts of Laxdoela Saga and Abbreviations
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index of Topics and Concepts
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  1. Index of Personal Names
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469657851
Related ISBN
9781469657844
MARC Record
OCLC
1155224663
Launched on MUSE
2020-06-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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