The domestication of anxiety – Handling contingency in medieval Icelandic literature

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The Anxiety Culture Project understands anxiety as a central dynamic in societies of the globalized world. With that said, anxiety is a human constant that has shaped culture throughout time, and this historical dimension has a major share in our understanding of current tendencies as well as possible future developments of anxiety in its interdependency with society. The affiliated project "The domestication of anxiety – Handling contingency in medieval Icelandic literature" aims at analysing the ambivalence of approaching anxiety through narration in a relatively small but with regards to literature extremely productive society in the medieval past. Ever since its comparatively late settlement, Iceland has been a Northern melting pot for indigenous traditions with influences from the East, the South, and the West. Iceland and its particularly rich medieval literature can thus serve as an excellent case study of how anxiety can shape the formation of society throughout history.