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Men and Masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders

Men and Masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders

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This volume is the first book-length study of masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders. Spanning the entire corpus of the Sagas of Icelanders--and taking into account a number of little-studied sagas as well as the more well-known works--it comprehensively interrogates the construction,
operation, and problematization of masculinities in this genre.

Men and Masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders elucidates the dominant model of masculinity that operates in the sagas, demonstrates how masculinities and masculine characters function within these texts, and investigates the means by which the sagas, and saga characters, may subvert masculine
dominance. Combining close literary analysis with insights drawn from sociological theories of hegemonic and subordinated masculinities, notions of homosociality and performative gender, and psychoanalytic frameworks, the book brings to men and masculinities in saga literature the same scrutiny
traditionally brought to the study of women and femininities. Ultimately, the volume demonstrates that masculinity is not simply glorified in the sagas, but is represented as being both inherently fragile and a burden to all characters, masculine and non-masculine alike.


Author: Gareth Lloyd Evans
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Published: 03/17/2019
Pages: 192
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.65lbs
Size: 8.60h x 5.70w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9780198831242

About the Author

Gareth Lloyd Evans, Lecturer in Medieval Literature, St Hilda's College, Oxford

Gareth Lloyd Evans is Lecturer in Medieval Literature at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and was previously Teaching Fellow in Old Norse in the Department of English Studies at Durham University. He was awarded his doctorate by the University of Oxford after having completed a BA in English Literature
and an MA in Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies at Durham University.

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