Collection : Islandica, Cornell University Library

Islandica is a venerable series established in 1908 through a bequest from Daniel Willard Fiske, first University Librarian of Cornell University, to publish "an annual volume relating to Iceland and the . . . [Fiske] Icelandic Collection." For the first three decades of Islandica, with few exceptions, a series volume dutifully appeared yearly. Most were authored or edited by Halldór Hermannsson, first curator of the Fiske Icelandic Collection.

Volumes in the series were published by the Cornell University Library until 1932; between 1933 and 2003, the series was published by Cornell University Press. Since 2008, the series is once again being published by Cornell University Library and is distributed by Cornell University Press. For more information and submission guidelines, please visit the Islandica website.

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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.

Icelandic Baroque
Poetic Art and Erudition in the Works of Hallgrimur Petursson
Margret Eggertsdottir
Icelandic Baroque seeks to approach the writings of Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614–1674), Iceland's leading devotional poet, from a new direction.

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 Partisan Muse in the Early Icelandic Sagas (1200–1250)
Theodore M. Andersson
A study of the genesis of Old Icelandic prose literature from its roots in oral tradition to the compilation of key early sagas at the beginning of the thirteenth century.

Romance and Love in Late Medieval and Early Modern Iceland
Essays in Honor of Marianne Kalinke
Islandica LIV "The world of romance, whether secular or sacred, is often fraught with difficulties. Lovers are parted and have to struggle to be reunited, monsters or evil stepmothers have to be defeated, and the strength of one's devotion to God or...

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.

Speak Useful Words or Say Nothing
Old Norse Studies
Joseph Harris
This selection by Susan E. Deskis and Thomas D. Hill of twelve of Joseph Harris's most important essays underscores the range of his work from critical readings of canonical texts to philological elucidation of Old Norse and Old English literary works...

Manuscript Culture in the Age of Print and the Case of Nineteenth-Century Iceland
David Olafsson
Taking its title from Marshall William Fishwick's description of "wordmongers" as those whose principal vocation is “speaking and writing words,” this book is a study of manuscript and scribal culture in the age of print.

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