Dr. Martin Arnold is Senior Lecturer in English at the Scarborough Campus of the University of Hull. He completed his PhD on medieval Icelandic saga literature at the University of Leeds in 1996. Dr. Arnold has acted as co-editor of the journal Studies in Medievalism, and his publications include topics ranging from the Viking place-names of North Yorkshire to the representation of monstrosity in Old Northern literature.2003 0-7734-6804-8
This book aims to establish theoretical principles for analyzing the group of late 13th- and 14th- century Íslendingasögur (Icelandic family sagas) traditionally designated as post-classical. Two periods of Icelandic history are examined. First, the medieval period is examined in terms of the cultural background to the production of the Íslendingasögur. Secondly, the 19th and early 20th centuries are examined in terms of the development of medieval Icelandic studies and the rise of an Icelandic nationalist movement. Both periods are interpreted as times when the dominant ideological forces were characterized by a form of National Romanticism.