Niels Henrik Abels vei 36
Blindernveien 11 (map)
Open Guest Lecture by Dr Haki Antonsson
This presentation will examine the principal trends in the study of the history and literature of the Icelandic Commonwealth (930-1263/64) in the last few decades. In particular the talk will focus on the interrelationship between the study of literary texts and their application as historical sources. Since the 1970s the study of the Sagas of Icelanders and the Icelandic Commonwealth has been shaped by number of scholarly trends, perhaps most notably by the ‘Anthropological-Legal’ School and the so-called ‘New Philology’. The presentation will evaluate the pros and cons of the various approaches to the Icelandic literary corpus and suggest some possible future paths of study.