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The Rewriting of Njáls Saga

Helgason, Jón Karl
The Rewriting of Njáls Saga
The Rewriting of Njáls Saga

The Rewriting of Njáls Saga

Helgason, Jón Karl
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This book is about the process which enables literary texts to cross cultures and endure history. Through interrelated case studies, the author focuses on the reception of Njals saga, the most distinguished of the Icelandic sagas, in Britain, the United States, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, between 1861 and 1945. The editions and translations in que...
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This book is about the process which enables literary texts to cross cultures and endure history. Through interrelated case studies, the author focuses on the reception of Njals saga, the most distinguished of the Icelandic sagas, in Britain, the United States, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, between 1861 and 1945. The editions and translations in question claim to represent a medieval narrative to their audience, but Helgason emphasises why these texts simultaneously reflect the rewriters' contemporary ideas about race, culture, politics and poetics. Introducing the principles of comparative Translation Studies to the field of Medieval Literature, Helgason's book identifies the dialogue between literary (re)production and society.