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Tuesday, October 19, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm
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Sponsored by the Nordic-Baltic Folklore Section
Chair: Thomas A. DuBois (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Hrafnkels Saga or Hrafnkels Rímur?: Medieval Prose and Early Modern Poetry as Competing Sources of Icelandic Identity and Place
Colin Gioia Connors (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Tradition can serve as a resource for communities in accounting for the past and the present, and for shaping a desired future. This panel examines three case studies from the Nordic region in which folklore was used to frame a cultural identity in literary/artistic products aimed at a wider audience. The cases consist of accounts of prophecy in two Eddaic poems, the recounting of local identity in Icelandic sagas and rhymed ballads, and the representation of Sámi culture in an international children’s film. Examples focus on topics of environmental and social crisis.