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Feud in the Icelandic Saga,9780520082595

Feud in the Icelandic Saga

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2/1/1993
Publisher(s): Ingram Pub Services

Summary

Feud stands at the core of the Old Icelandic sagas. Jesse Byock shows how the dominant concern of medieval Icelandic society--the channeling of violence into accepted patterns of feud and the regulation of conflict--is reflected in the narrative of the family sagas and theSturlunga sagacompilation. This comprehensive study of narrative structure demonstrates that the sagas are complex expressions of medieval social thought.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction
1(23)
Feud in Saga Narrative: Its Roots in Icelandic Society
24(23)
The Syntax of Narrative Elements
47(16)
Units of Travel and Information and the Feudeme of Conflict
63(11)
The Feudeme of Advocacy
74(24)
The Feudeme of Resolution
98(16)
Feud Clusters and Feud Chains
114(29)
The Importance of Land in Saga Feud
143(18)
Two Sets of Feud Chains in Njals saga
161(30)
Saga Narrative with Low Cluster Density
191(14)
Conclusion
205(72)
Appendixes
A. A Brief Account of Legal and Social Terms
209(13)
B. Examples of Conflict
222(23)
Material Sources of Conflict
223(11)
Nonmaterial Sources of Conflict
234(11)
C. Examples of Advocacy
245(14)
Brokerage
245(9)
Self-Advocacy
254(2)
Goading
256(1)
Information Passing
257(2)
D. Examples of Resolution
259(18)
Arbitration
260(5)
Direct Resolution
265(7)
Rejected Resolution
272(5)
Index 277

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