Manslaughter and Misogyny: Women and Revenge in <i>Sturlunga saga</i>

David Clark

in Gender, Violence, and the Past in Edda and Saga

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654307
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742071 | DOI:
Manslaughter and Misogyny: Women and Revenge in Sturlunga saga

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The final chapter returns to the issues of revenge and its relation to femininity with which we started in Chapter 1, but now in relation to the women of the contemporary sagas. It evaluates the contemporary saga writers’ attitudes to women and their perception of the role of women in the conflicts of the Sturlung Age. It shows that misogynistic tropes such as the scapegoating of women for the results of men's violent actions, and negative images possibly resting on religious constructions of women as irrational and corporeal, or even abject, are employed in Sturlunga saga. However, the picture is not a uniform one, and in several texts in the compilation one finds women acting as mediators or ‘anti-inciters’ who attempt to dissuade men from revenge and destructive acts.

Keywords: revenge; femininity; gender; misogyny; violence; Sturlunga saga; contemporary sagas; Sturlung Age; mediators

Chapter.  8499 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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