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    Risking one’s head: Vafþrúðnismál and the mythic power of poetry

    Finlay, Alison (2011) Risking one’s head: Vafþrúðnismál and the mythic power of poetry. In: Anlezark, D. (ed.) Myths, Legends, and Heroes: Essays on Old Norse and Old English Literature. Toronto, Canada: Toronto University Press, pp. 91-108. ISBN 9780802099471.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: In Myths, Legends, and Heroes, editor Daniel Anzelark has brought together scholars of Old Norse-Icelandic and Old English literature to explore the translation and transmission of Norse myth, the use of literature in society and authorial self-reflection, the place of myth in the expression of family relationships, and recurrent motifs in Northern literature. The essays in Myths, Legends, and Heroes include an examination of the theme of sibling rivalry, an analysis of Christ's unusual ride into hell as found in both Old Norse and Old English, a discussion of Beowulf's swimming prowess and an analysis of the poetry in Snorri Sturluson's Edda. A tribute to Durham University professor John McKinnell's distinguished contributions to the field, this volume offers new insights in light of linguistic and archaeological evidence and a broad range of study with regard to both chronology and methodology.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English and Humanities
    Depositing User: Alison Finlay
    Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2012 17:20
    Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:25
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5478

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