Putting women in their place? Gender and landscape in Iceland's national medieval colonisation narrative.

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Abstract



This article attempts to gain a better understanding of the ways in which medieval writers used gender in their writing about the past. Taking Landnámabók as its case study, it discusses the depiction of Auðr in djúpauðga and the other female colonists proposing that the variety of representations of female settlers (as colonists of varied statuses and in different places in the physical and human landscape) could be connected with the way in which Landnámabók itself was compiled and thus that varied (competing?) ideas existed in medieval Iceland about the status of women in relation to men.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-28
Number of pages21
JournalViking and Medieval Scandinavia
Volume07/2011
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2012