Davis, Craig Robert. Cultural assimilation in "Njáls saga".

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  • Author: Davis, Craig Robert
  • Title: Cultural assimilation in "Njáls saga"
  • Published in: Oral tradition 13
  • Year: 1998
  • Pages: 435-455
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  • Reference: Davis, Craig Robert. "Cultural assimilation in "Njáls saga"." Oral tradition 13 (1998), pp. 435-455

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Davis, in his article, examines the cultural implications to be gleaned from the two narrative systems Lars Lönnroth describes (i.e. the pagan and christian dialogues). Having selected various episodes from Laxdœla saga and Njáls saga (the emphasis resting on Njáls saga), Davis studies the pagan and christian influences from episode to episode, and notes the differences in precedence of the two styles in each instance. He concludes with the statement that Njáls saga is an example of a victory for the "Christian plot of history in native narrative culture.” (p.451)


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Chapter 6: Segi hún til: "Piqued in his sexual vanity, the normally fair Hrútr puts his wife Unnr in an impossible position when he challenges her publicly to declare the reason for her unhappiness in their marriage. His dysfunction is physiologically unlikely though poetically apt." (p. 442)


  • Written by: Fraser Miller
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