Tangherlini, Timothy R.. Facebook for Vikings

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  • Author: Tangherlini, Timothy R.
  • Title: Facebook for Vikings: Social Network Analysis and Egil’s Saga
  • Published in: Egil, The Viking Poet: New Approaches to 'Egil's Saga'
  • Editors: De Looze, Laurence. Jón Karl Helgason. Poole, Russell. Torfi H. Tulinius
  • Place, Publisher: Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Year: 2015
  • Pages: 149-72
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  • Reference: Tangherlini, Timothy R.. "Facebook for Vikings: Social Network Analysis and Egil’s Saga." Egil, The Viking Poet: New Approaches to 'Egil's Saga' , pp. 149-72. Eds. Laurence De Looze, Jón Karl Helgason, Russell Poole, Torfi H. Tulinius. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.

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Contents

Annotation

With the help of „Social Network Analysis“ Tangherlini examins relationships between characters in Egil's Saga from a new point of perspective, which would otherwise get lost in a muddle of 230 character names. He sub-classifies these relationships considering geneaology, friendship, enmity interactions, gifts and inheritance. The author develops graphs illustrating the connections between Egil's Saga‘s main characters and encourages the reader to follow the dynamics and changes of these networks closely as the saga unfolds. With the thus created possibility of moving background characters into the spotlight of analysis Egil's Saga appears in a new light.

Lýsing

Tangherlini beitir greiningu á félagstengslum (e. social network analysis) til að sýna sambönd persónanna í Egils sögu frá nýju sjónarhorni; sambönd sem að öðrum kosti drukknuðu í flækju 230 nafna Eglupersóna. Þessi sambönd greinir hann með hugtökum eins og ætterni, vinátta, fjandsamleg samskipti, gjafir og arfur. Tangherlini birtir einnig skýringarmyndir þar sem aðalpersónur Egils sögu eru tengdar saman og hvetur hann lesendur til að virða fyrir sér hvernig þessi tengslanet á milli sögupersónanna breytast í gögnum söguna. Tækifærið til að hafa aukapersónurnar í brennidepli varpar nýju ljósi á söguna.


See also

References

Chapter 63: þetta er engi sætt við mig: “Although Eirik accepts the poem and grants Egil safe passage away from his territory, it is hard to give this interaction a positive sign. In the friendship graph’s gift-giving subgraph, this act is the only negatively valued gift” (p. 162).

Chapter 73: er yður þar vís gisting: "At first glance the suggestion appears to be a friendly one; since the group is large, they need to split up, each seeking shelter with friends. There is of course something slightly foreboding about the suggestion: Armod Beard is not only not a friend of Egil and his men but is in fact completely unknown to them, having been introduced into the saga at that very moment” (p. 149).

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  • Written by: Sabine Kramp
  • English translation: Sabine Kramp
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