Durrenberger, E. Paul, 1943-. Humor as a guide to social change: BANDAMANNA SAGA and heroic values

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Humor as a guide to social change: BANDAMANNA SAGA and heroic values

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph From sagas to society : comparative approaches to early Iceland, edited by Gísli Pálsson

Published By: Original publisher From sagas to society : comparative approaches to early Iceland, edited by Gísli Pálsson Enfield Lock, Middlesex, UK: Hisarlik Press. 1992. 111-123 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication E. Paul Durrenberger and Jonathan Wilcox

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Early Icelanders (EQ02)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Humor (522); Verbal arts (5310); Social relationships and groups (571); Ethics (577); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Districts (634); Trial procedure (695); Execution of justice (696);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document The use of Icelandic family sagas in the reconstruction of medieval Icelandic history and social order has long been contested in the literature. This issue is significant because although the sagas present a relatively full account of Icelandic life in the tenth and eleventh centuries, yet they cannot be treated in a simple way as ethnographic description. 'One crucial problem faced by any attempt to exploit them for their picture of society is the time between the events they describe and when they were written down in the thirteenth century' (p.111). In this article the authors focus on an example of a single family saga, the 'Bandamanna saga', and their interpretation of what this particular saga can tell us about the social and political realities of either the period it was set or that in which it was written. The contextualized picture of the society depicted in the 'Bandamanna saga' is then compared to the collection of sagas about contemporary thirteenth century times appearing in the 'Sturlinga sagas'. 'In the Sturlung period, people revalued concepts such as reciprocity, honor, and law, all at a discount to the political manoeuvre of the age. Their valuations and re-valuations informed their writing about the past as well as about contemporary events' (p. 112).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 15

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. eq02-015

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: For bibliographical references see document 10: [Gísli Pálsson]

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist, Educator-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2002

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ninth-thirteenth centuries

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) general Iceland

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Icelanders


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