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Dreams of Fame and Honor: Late Medieval Icelandic Prose Fiction 1400-1700

International Conference -- 30th September-3rd October 2010

Funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

 

Abstract

The conference is dedicated to the closely related Icelandic genres of the original riddarasögur and Viking romances. Together the two constitute a large group of narrative texts, the late medieval Icelandic romances, that developed in this form from the Middle Ages and were productive until modern times. In fact, they not only encompass a multitude of works but have also often widely been orally transmitted.

The range of topic presentations is designed to broaden access to the examined saga genres and to provide them with more adequate and palpable definitions as genres. From different perspectives of varying philological fields, the late medieval Icelandic romances will be discussed, and their position in literary history more clearly thought out, according to philological and socio-historical criteria as well as criteria relating to the history of mentalities.

 

Venue

Haus zur Lieben Hand, Löwenstraße 16, D-79098 Freiburg

 

Conference Program

Please note that the order of the papers might be subject to change.

Thursday, 30th September

16.45-17.15

Introduction
– Jens Eike Schnall (Freiburg, Germany)

17.15-18.00

Víglundar saga and Bósa saga as LMIR
– Vésteinn Ólason (Reykjavík, Iceland)

18.00-18.45

Coffee break

18.45-19.30

Þorsteins saga bæjarmagns in the light of New Philology - One Genre or Two?
– Charlotte Franzdatter Johansen (Copenhagen, Denmark)

19.30–20.15

Holy Adventures? The Co-Existence of Exempla and Romances in Late Medieval Icelandic Manuscripts and Society
– Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir (Reykjavík, Iceland)

20.30

Dinner

 

Friday, 1st October

9.45–10.30

Bósa saga ok Herrauðs as an Ironic Debate on Aristocratic Values
– Werner Schäfke (Freiburg, Germany)

10.30–11.00

Coffee break

11.00–11.45

Escape to, or from, Albion? The Life of the Mind in Late Medieval Iceland
– Stephen Mitchell (Cambridge, USA)

11.45–12.30

Constructions of Honor in the Eggertsbók Riddarasögur and the Impulses Behind the Manuscript’s Late Fifteenth-Century Production
– Emily Lethbridge (Cambridge, UK)

12:30–14:00

Lunch

14.00–14.45

Deep in the Stemma Woods: Editing Þorsteins saga bæjarmagns
– The Master Class of the 5th Summer School in Ms. Studies, Copenhagen 2008

14.45–15.30

The Hypertextuality of Þorsteins saga bæjarmagns
– Lukas Rösli (Zürich, Switzerland)

15.30–16.00

Coffee break

16.00–16.45

Authority and Power in the LMIR and the King’s sagas
– Katharina Baier (Freiburg, Germany)

16.45–17.30 The Longer Version of Hrólfs saga Gautrekssonar in AM 152 fol. and the Virtues of Kings and Queens
– Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir (Oxford, UK)

17.30–18.00

Coffee break

18.00–18.45

Dragon Slayer Variations: the Relationship between Knight and Dragon
– Hendrik Lambertus (Tübingen, Germany)

18.45–19.30

Exploration and Displacement in Nítíða saga
– Sheryl McDonald (Leeds, England)

20.30

Dinner

 

Saturday, 2nd October

09.00–9.45

How Does Fame Spread? The Development and Diffusion of Riddara​sögur, 1400–1700
– Alaric Hall (Leeds, UK)

9.45–10.30

Variant Redactions and the Development of Fiction in Late Medieval Iceland
– Marianne Kalinke (Illinois, USA)

10.30–11.15

Coffee break

11.15–12.00

On the Scholarly Quest to Spread Fame and Honor: the Swedish Manuscripts of Sörla saga sterka – Silvia Hufnagel (Copenhagen, Denmark)

11.45–12.30

Sagan af Tístran og Indíönu – Matthew Driscoll (Copenhagen, Denmark)

12.45–14.30

Lunch

14.30–15.30

Optional: Augustinermuseum

15.50–17.30

Guided city tour

20.00

Dinner

 

Sunday, 3rd October

09.00–9.45

Christian Instruction in Bærings saga and Dámusta saga
– Vera Johanterwage (Frankfurt, Germany)

9.45–10.30

Rémundar saga keisarasonar and the Legend of Prester John
– Geraldine Barnes (Sydney, Australia)

10.30–11.15

Coffee break

11.15–12.00

Bede's Cowherd in Iceland: Hallbjörn hali and his Acquisition of the Poetic Gift
– Dario Bullitta (Siena, Italy)

12.00–12.30

Conclusive discussion

 

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Contact

Dr. Jens Eike Schnall

Skandinavisches Seminar
Platz der Universität 3
D-79085 Freiburg

phone: +49 761 203-3365
fax: +49 761 203-3366

e-mail: eike.schnall@skandinavistik.uni-freiburg.de

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