- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (Aug. 7 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802098010
- ISBN-13: 978-0802098016
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,809,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Snorri Sturluson and the Edda: The Conversion of Cultural Capital in Medieval Scandinavia Hardcover – Aug 7 2008
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From the Back Cover
'Snorri Sturluson and the Eddais a significant publication in the field for two important reasons: first, it offers a provocative challenge to established models of literary culture in medieval Scandinavia; secondly, it is certainly the most up-to-date and probably the most comprehensive scholarly treatment of Snorri Sturluson's life and works yet to have been written.'-Christopher Abram, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University College, London
About the Author
Kevin J. Wanner is an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University.
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Kevin Wanner's brilliant book is the best guide I can imagine to reading Snorri critically. As he asserts, Wanner's work does not so much resolve the apparent contradiction between Snorri's "scholarly" work and his public life, which was largely dedicated to political scheming and social climbing, as demonstrate that no contradiction exists. Drawing on the work of sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, Wanner convincingly demonstrates that Snorri's writings were intended to further his ambitions and enhance his social status. Neither Christian apologetics nor an assertion of clandestine or antiquarian Heathenism, Snorri's "Edda" was, Wanner argues, an attempt to revive the "market" for his own "product," skaldic poetry, at a time when the fashion in Norway's royal court was turning to the chivalric romances originating in France.
The perspective Wanner offers allows the modern reader to consider Snorri from a more nuanced perspective and to make informed judgments about what Snorri is most likely to have simplified or amended based on his purpose and audience. "Snorri Sturluson and the Edda" should be required reading for anyone studying the prose "Edda."