Snorri Sturluson and the Edda: The Conversion of Cultural Capital in Medieval Scandinavia

Snorri Sturluson and the Edda The Conversion of Cultural Capital in Medieval Scandinavia Why would Snorri Sturluson c the most powerful and rapacious Icelander of his generation dedicate so much time and effort to producing the Edda a text that is widely recognized as the mo

  • Title: Snorri Sturluson and the Edda: The Conversion of Cultural Capital in Medieval Scandinavia
  • Author: Kevin J. Wanner
  • ISBN: 9780802098016
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Why would Snorri Sturluson c 1179 1241 , the most powerful and rapacious Icelander of his generation, dedicate so much time and effort to producing the Edda, a text that is widely recognized as the most significant medieval source for pre Christian Norse myth and poetics Kevin J Wanner brings us a new account of the interests that motivated the production of this text,Why would Snorri Sturluson c 1179 1241 , the most powerful and rapacious Icelander of his generation, dedicate so much time and effort to producing the Edda, a text that is widely recognized as the most significant medieval source for pre Christian Norse myth and poetics Kevin J Wanner brings us a new account of the interests that motivated the production of this text, and resolves the mystery of its genesis by demonstrating the intersection of Snorri s political and cultural concerns and practices.The author argues that the Edda is best understood not as an antiquarian labour of cultural conservation, but as a present centered effort to preserve skaldic poetry s capacity for conversion into material and symbolic benefits in exchanges between elite Icelanders and the Norwegian court Employing Pierre Bourdieu s economic theory of practice, Wanner shows how modern sociological theory can be used to illuminate the cultural practices of the European Middle Ages In doing so, he provides the most detailed analysis to date of how the Edda relates to Snorri s biography, while shedding light on the arenas of social interaction and competition that he negotiated.A fascinating look at the intersections of political interest and cultural production, Snorri Sturluson and the Edda is a detailed portrait of both an important man and the society of his times.

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  • This study of Snorri's Edda explores the reasons why he composed a mythological compendium of stories based around Eddic and Skaldic verse and what he would gain from such a treatise. Instead of the traditional view that Snorri wrote the Prose Edda in a pious Victorianesque antiquarian attempt to preserve Norse mythological stories and poetic techniques, the author of this study puts forward a theory that the Prose Edda was composed in an attempt by Snorri to impress the Norwegian monarchy and t [...]


  • Once you get past the tedious explication of Bourdieu's concept of cultural capital, this book does an amazing job of situating Snorri's text as a process of demonstrating to a literate Norwegian elite why the oral tradition that still flourished in Iceland held import for those seeking to produce praise poetry. While the entire book has merit, the discussion and classification of kennings is of particular value to those studying linguistics, literature, rhetoric, anthropology, and folklore - es [...]


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