E. Paul, 1943-
The Icelandic family sagas as totemic
Published in: Social approaches to Viking studies, edited by Ross
Social approaches to Viking studies, edited by Ross
Glasgow: Cruithne Press, 1991. 11-17
By line: E. Paul Durrenberger
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
HRAF, 2004. Computer File
Early Icelanders (EQ02)
Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121);
Comparative evidence (171);
Verbal arts (5310);
This article is a structural analysis of the
Icelandic sagas. The author suggests '...that the sagas are neither art nor
history, but articulations of what Lévi-Strauss (1966) calls a 'totemic
operator', an overarching classification system which organizes all experience
into an integrated whole in terms of which one can locate anyone or anything
relative to all other being, things, events, and forces. It defines nature, the
human place in nature, and any person's place in the natural and human order.
Its logic is one of classification and analogy' (p. 12).
Document ID: eq02-006
references see document 5: [Sampson].
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