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Publication: Between truth and fiction

The newest issue of Arkiv för nordisk filologi contains several interesting articles and I am especially thrilled to see the first research results of my Writing (Hi)stories project published there in the article entitled “Between truth and fiction, or historiæ mediæ, sive vero falsoque mixtæ: Legendary sagas and their reception in eighteenth-century Denmark.”

The article examines the reception of Old Norse literature in Denmark in the early modern period. It takes as its point of departure a single manuscript preserving Icelandic sagas (Reykjavík, Stofnun Árna Magnússonar, AM 395 fol.) and focuses on its table of contents, which classifies sagas according to their reliability. The classification of the sagas attested in this manuscript, which most likely can be associated with Skúli Thorlacius, is compared to the other known early modern classifications of Old Norse sagas by Thormodus Torfæus, Jón Ólafsson of Grunnavík, Halldór Jakobsson.

If you are interested in the reception of Old Norse literature, it might be something to your taste.

Read the full article here.

You can read about this publication in Danish on the webpage of Carlsberg Foundation, the sole sponsor of my research, here.

Table of contents in AM 395 fol., Stofnun Árna Magnússonar, Reykjavík, Iceland. Photo: Katarzyna Anna Kapitan.


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