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2019 / 12 / 23

This link will open a new tab "Disruptivität, Transgressivität, Monstrosität - Das Monströse als third term in den Isländersagas"
Rebecca Merkelbach

Abstract: Monsters have always been recognised as transgressive boundary-walkers, whose hybrid bodies combine things that are normally kept separate: formed of human and animal parts, of nature and culture, they operate at the intersection of seemingly opposing forces. The Sagas of Icelanders, however, focus less on hybrid bodies, instead foregrounding socially transgressive and therefore disruptive actions. This article takes Cohen’s assertion that monsters are »a third term that problematizes the clash of extremes« as its starting point and develops this notion in two ways: on the one hand in relation to an expanded theory of the figure of the third that takes monstrosity into account, and on the other in connection to the specific kind of monstrosity found in the Íslendingasögur — a monstrosity based on social action and interaction. Ultimately, it discusses what haunts the spaces between extremes that the monster, as a third term, problematises and breaks open: fundamental fears that threaten the existence of Icelandic society, and which found their expression in the monsters of the Íslendingasögur.
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2019 / 12 / 23

This link will open a new tab "Tertium comparationis - Figuren und Strukturen des "Dritten" in der Færeyinga saga im Kontext des isländischen 13. Jahrhunderts"
Andreas Schmidt

Abstract: The article subjects the so-called Færeyinga saga to a reading on the grounds of the theory of »the third«, arguing that this concept can help elucidate narrative ambiguity in Saga literature. It can be shown that in Færeyinga saga, »third« elements cross the binarisms of its outer structure, which have been in the focus of scholars up to now. Adverse figures show characteristics of »third« figures such as the trickster or the mediator, figural and conceptual triads are important, and the saga’s way of representation often challenges narrative conventions. Therefore, the saga itself can be read as a »third« in the context of the Íslendingasögur and Icelandic society in the 13th century.
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2019 / 12 / 23

This link will open a new tab "Troll und Mensch - Die Darstellung des "Mischlings" (blendingr) in der altisländischen Literatur"
Mathias Kruse

Abstract: Being part of the ›Third‹, the »Half-giant« (hálfrisi, hálftrǫll) or »mixed-blood« (blendingr) for which Old Norse has a puzzling variety of expressions appears in many Icelandic tales. It is not only part of the ancestry of Scandinavian rulers but characterizes – as an ally or as a villain – the storyline of many a saga by taking a role he is qualified for by his status as part of a marginal group between human and giant. Falling midway between the norm of humanity and the »complete« or »fully developed« giant or troll (aðaltrǫll; fullkomit trǫll) on a scale of deviance, he is an outsider that is equally part of both communities, arbitrates or separates.
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2019 / 12 / 23

This link will open a new tab "Einleitung zum Themenschwerpunkt: »Figuren des Dritten« in der altnordischen Literatur"
Anita Sauckel, Jan Alexander van Nahl

Abstract: Introduction to the Theme
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2019 / 11 / 13   Reviews

Merle Weßel:
"Hentilä, Marjaliisa, Seppo Hentilä: 1918 – Das deutsche Finnland. Die Rolle der Deutschen im finnischen Bürgerkrieg. Scoventa 2018, 430 S."


In: Volume 2019

2019 / 05 / 15   Annotations

Frederike Felcht:
"Clemens Räthel: Wie viel Bart darf sein? Jüdische Figuren im skandinavischen Theater. Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto 2016, 389 S."


In: Volume 2019

2019 / 04 / 29   Reviews

Bernd Henningsen:
"Carlsson, Ulla, David Goldberg (Hgg.): The legacy of Peter Forsskål. 250 years of freedom of expression. Göteborg: Nordicom 2017, 149 S."

Bernd Henningsen:
"Jana Sinram: Pressefreiheit oder Fremdenfeindlichkeit? Der Streit um die Mohammed-Karikaturen und die dänische Einwanderungspolitik. Frankfurt am Main: Campus 2015, 380 S."


In: Volume 2019

2019 / 04 / 18

This link will open a new tab "NORDEUROPAforum Editorial 2019"
Hanna Eglinger

Abstract: On Scandinavia’s Visibility and Dreams in Bags
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2018 / 12 / 31   Reviews

Ulrich Wilker:
"Henrik Rosengren: Fünf Musiker im Schwedischen Exil. Nazismus - Kalter Krieg - Demokratie (Musik im Dritten Reich und im Exil), Neumünster: Bockel Verlag 2016, 439 S."


In: Volume 2018

2018 / 11 / 06

This link will open a new tab "The Narrative Uses of Toponyms in Harðar saga"
Matthias Egeler

Abstract: The contribution analyses how the late medieval Harðar saga uses place-names as literary devices. It proposes that toponyms are employed not only to locate plot elements, but also for purposes of subversion, the dropping of keywords then taken up by the narrative in an often grotesque and ironic fashion, the creation of an (again, typically ironic) subtext, and the evocation of physical topographies and their visual appearance in the context of accounts of travels. Thus, the contribution argues that place-names are a central part of the storyteller’s toolkit which can provide important pointers for how to read the saga.
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2018 / 11 / 06   Reviews

Sven Jochem:
"David Arter: Scandinavian Politics Today, third edition, Manchester: Manchester UP 2016, 446 S. Oddbjørn Knutsen (ed.): The Nordic Models in Political Science. Challenged but still Viable? Bergen: Fagbokforlaget 2017, 296 S."


In: Volume 2018

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