Icelandic Baroque: Poetic Art and Erudition in the Works of Hallgrimur Petursson by Margret EggertsdottirIcelandic Baroque: Poetic Art and Erudition in the Works of Hallgrimur Petursson by Margret Eggertsdottir

Icelandic Baroque: Poetic Art and Erudition in the Works of Hallgrimur Petursson

byMargret EggertsdottirTranslated byAndrew Wawn

Hardcover | October 21, 2014

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Islandica LVI

Icelandic Baroque seeks to approach the writings of Hallgrimur Petursson (1614–1674), Iceland's leading devotional poet, from a new direction. Hallgrimur is best known for his Passiusalmar, fifty hymns that contemplate the crucifixion and death of Christ, using a variety of meters and melodies; they have been sung in Iceland over Lent for many generations. This book offers a new evaluation of his poetry.

First, seventeenth-century Icelandic literature in general, and Hallgrimur's works in particular, are set in the wider context of contemporary European literature, particularly from Scandinavia and Germany. Second, the influence of the poet's social milieu, both domestic and overseas, is explored. Third, the author, Margrét Eggertsdóttir, explores whether and, if so, how aesthetic and literary theories of the baroque can enrich our understanding of seventeenth-century Icelandic literature. Her principal aim is to contribute to a reevaluation of Icelandic seventeenth-century literary history by applying new interpretative perspectives to works by leading poets of the period, most notably the iconic figure of Hallgrimur Petursson.

Margrét Eggertsdóttir is a Research Professor at the Árni Magnússon Institute of Icelandic Studies in Reykjavík. She is one of the editors of a complete edition of the works of Hallgrímur Pétursson. Andrew Wawn is Professor Emeritus of Anglo-Icelandic Studies at the University of Leeds.
Title:Icelandic Baroque: Poetic Art and Erudition in the Works of Hallgrimur PeturssonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:570 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.39 inPublished:October 21, 2014Publisher:Cornell University LibraryLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Baroque Literature
Chapter 3: The Baroque Text
Chapter 4: A Remote Island within a Danish Kingdom
Chapter 5: Verbal Arts in the Age of Learning
Chapter 6: A Renaissance Figure: Magnús Ólafsson of Laufás
Chapter 7: Stefán Ólafsson of Vallanes: a Baroque Poet
Chapter 8: Poet and Society
Chapter 9: The Works of Hallgrímur Pétursson
Chapter 10: Evanescence and Apocalypse
Chapter 11: Satirical Writings
Chapter 12: Occasional Poems
Chapter 13: Hymns and Religious Verse
Chapter 14: Poems of Repentance and Consolation
Chapter 15: The Passion Hymns
Chapter 16: Meditative Works
Chapter 17: Árni Oddsson: a Memorial Address
Chapter 18: Poems in Praise of Hallgrímur Pétursson
Chapter 19: Conclusions

Bibliography: Primary Sources (Printed)
Secondary Sources
Index to Manuscript References
Index of Names