Evans, G: Men and Masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders
Englisch. (Oxford English Monographs)
Focuses on the representation of masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders and comprehensively interrogates the construction, operation, and problematization of masculinities in this genre.
This volume is the first book-length study of masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders. Spanning the entire corpus of the Sagas of Icelanders-and taking into account a number of little-studied sagas as well as the more well-known works-it comprehensively interrogates the construction, operation, and problematization of masculinities in this genre. Men and Masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders elucidates the dominant model of masculinity that operates in the sagas, demonstrates how masculinities and masculine characters function within these texts, and investigates the means by which the sagas, and saga characters, may subvert masculine dominance. Combining close literary analysis with insights drawn from sociological theories of hegemonic and subordinated masculinities, notions of homosociality and performative gender, and psychoanalytic frameworks, the book brings to men and masculinities in saga literature the same scrutiny traditionally brought to the study of women and femininities. Ultimately, the volume demonstrates that masculinity is not simply glorified in the sagas, but is represented as being both inherently fragile; and a burden to all characters, masculine and non-masculine alike.