Investigating the Íslendingasögur as Prosimetrum: A New Methodology

Brynja Þorgeirsdóttir, Judy Quinn, Stefanie Gropper, Alexander Wilson, Tarrin Wills

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This article lays out methods of analysing the combination of prose and verse in the Íslendingasögur (Sagas of Icelanders) using a database that categorizes the prosimetric features of the corpus. The article gives an overview of the design of the database and explains how it achieves two major research goals. The first is to facilitate quantitative analysis of patterns observed across the prosimetric sagas. The second is to provide a foundation for qualitative investigation of the corpus as a whole by enabling the classification and possible correlation of prosimetric aspects in the Íslendingasögur.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-82
Number of pages31
JournalViking and Medieval Scandinavia
Issue number18/2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022
EventWhy Prosimetrum? : Aesthetic and Narrative Effects in the Íslendingasögur - Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Jan 20236 Jan 2023


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