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Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative$
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Heather O'Donoghue

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267323

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267323.001.0001

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SPEECH, SILENCE, AND SUBJECTIVITY IN GÍSLA SAGA

SPEECH, SILENCE, AND SUBJECTIVITY IN GÍSLA SAGA

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(p.136) 3 SPEECH, SILENCE, AND SUBJECTIVITY IN GÍSLA SAGA
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Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267323.003.0004

This chapter analyses the use of verses as dialogue in the prosimetrum of Gísla saga. It shows how crediting a saga character with a verse may be a literary device to make manifest that character's inner life, something not accessible through the usual external focalization of saga narrative, through soliloquy, and how the attribution of verse dialogue can mark out a character as a dominant, controlling voice in the narrative.

Keywords:   Old Norse-Icelandic literature, prosimetrum, dialogue verses, Gísla saga, external focalization, soliloquy

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