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Language of Power
Feasting and Gift-Giving in Medieval Iceland and Its Sagas
Vidar Palsson, Viðar Pálsson
Viðar Pálsson addresses pre-modern European power relationships that provide the context for narratives of feasts and exchanges of gifts so conspicuous in the Icelandic sagas.



After Lavinia
A Literary History of Premodern Marriage Diplomacy
John Watkins
In medieval and early modern Europe, marriage treaties were a perennial feature of the diplomatic landscape. In After Lavinia, John Watkins traces the history of the practice, focusing on the unusually close relationship between diplomacy and literary production in Western Europe from antiquity through the seventeenth century.



Jacob's Shipwreck
Diaspora, Translation, and Jewish-Christian Relations in Medieval England
Ruth Nisse
Jewish and Christian authors of the High Middle Ages not infrequently came into dialogue or conflict with each other over traditions drawn from ancient writings outside of the bible. Circulating in Hebrew and Latin translations, these included the two independent versions of the Testament of Naphtali. For Ruth Nisse, this is an emblematic text.



Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader
Rebecca Krug
In Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader, Rebecca Krug shows how and why Kempe wrote her Book, arguing that in her engagement with written culture she discovered a desire to experience spiritual comfort and to interact with fellow believers who also sought to live lives of intense emotional engagement. 



Love's Wounds
Violence and the Politics of Poetry in Early Modern Europe
Cynthia N. Nazarian
  Love's Wounds takes an in-depth look at the widespread language of violence and abjection in early modern European love poetry.



The Accommodated Jew
English Antisemitism from Bede to Milton
Kathy Lavezzo
In The Accommodated Jew, Kathy Lavezzo rethinks the complex and contradictory relation between England's rejection of "the Jew" and the centrality of Jews to classic English literature.



The Sagas of Norwegian Kings (1130–1265)
An Introduction
Theodore M. Andersson
In The Sagas of Norwegian Kings (1130–1265), Theodore M. Andersson offers an orientation to the category of Icelandic sagas known as "kings' sagas," a genre of Old Norse-Icelandic prose literature.



New Norse Studies
Essays on the Literature and Culture of Medieval Scandinavia
New Norse Studies features original contributions on Norse mythology; skaldic poetics; the proverb, ballad, and exemplum; Biblical typology and saga narrative; psychological, postcolonial, and gender-studies approaches to medieval Icelandic literature.



The Enigma of Egill
The Saga, the Viking Poet, and Snorri Sturluson
Torfi H. Tulinius
A careful analysis of Snorri Sturluson's life and times allows Torfi Tulinius to propose a context for a fuller perception of Egils saga as a great work of art.



Neo-Latin Philology
Old Tradition, New Approaches
Neo-Latin Philology explores the question whether the approaches developed in the so-called New or Material Philology can be applied to the study of Renaissance Latin literature.



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