HOW TO DO THINGS WITH GIFTS: GJAFA-REFS ÞÁTTR AND AUÐUNAR ÞÁTTR VESTFIRZKA

Santiago Barreiro, Santiago Barreiro

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Abstract: The aim of this article is to compare two short stories focused on gift-giving composed in medieval Iceland: Gjafa-Refs þáttr and Auðunar þáttr vestfirzka. Our hypothesis is that the texts, while sharing a similar narrative motif, represent different ideological stances that can be associated with the transformations undertaken by Icelandic society during the thirteenth-century. We argue that while the earlier Tale of Auðunn exemplifies a story of social rise based almost purely on personal qualities, the later Tale of Gift-Refr adds supraindividual conditions to explain the success of his main character, emphasizing good lineage and aristocratic patronage.

 

Keywords: Gifts- Medieval Iceland - SHORT Stories


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.21572/2177-7306.2015.v16.n3.05

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