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Richard Cole

Towards a Typology of Absence in Old Norse Literature

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This essay accepts Patrick Fuery’s challenge to “get directly engaged in issues of typology” when considering absence. The powers of lost lovers, slain gods, and howling voids in Old Norse literature are anatomized according to the many phenomena denoted by the word “absence.” Demonstrating several species and differing degrees of absence, the essay also shows how each is created by a particular mechanism, and each tends towards specific emotional consequences. Each species of typology is illustrated with examples taken from Old Norse literature; yet its various types may well be applied beyond such contexts.

Original languageEnglish
JournalExemplaria. Medieval, Early Modern, Theory
Pages (from-to)137-160
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Eyrbyggja saga, Gilles Deleuze, Kormáks saga, Old Norse, Snorra Edda, absence, mythology

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