Mirrors of virtue: Manuscript and print in late pre-modern Iceland
As a departure from previous practice, this volume of Opuscula presents ten articles on a single theme: manuscript and print in late pre-modern Iceland
Margrét Eggertsdóttir and Matthew James Driscoll (eds.): Mirrors of virtue. Manuscript and print in late pre-modern Iceland. Bibliotheca Arnamagnæana XLIX. Opuscula XV. 2017. Museum Tusculanums Press.
Pre-modern Iceland is understood as the period between the advent of print in the early sixteenth century to the establishment of the Icelandic State Broadcasting Service in the early twentieth. Throughout this period, manuscript transmission continued to exist side by side with print, the two media serving different, but overlapping, audiences and transmitting different, but overlapping, types of texts.
The authors take their point of departure in recent developments within literary and cultural studies which focus on the
The volume's title, Mirrors of virtue, refers not only to the popular late medieval and early-modern genre of exemplary and/or admonitory 'mirror' literature – several examples of which are discussed – but also to the idea that both manuscripts and printed books are reflections of 'virtue' in a broader sense.
While some of the manuscripts dealt with here were clearly compiled with the intent of encouraging virtuous
Table of Contents
Introduction: Manuscript and print in late pre-modern Iceland
Davíð Ólafsson: Post-medieval manuscript culture and the historiography of texts
Árni Heimir Ingólfsson: Hymnodia sacra and its influence on the 1772 Icelandic Hymnal
Katelin Parsons: Text and context. Maríukvæði in Lbs 399 4to
Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir & Katelin Parsons: The glacier’s long shadow: Guðmundur Runólfsson and his manuscripts
Margrét Eggertsdóttir: Script and print in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Iceland: The case of Hólar í Hjaltadal
Silvia Hufnagel: Tradition and innovation: Design development in Pétur Jónsson’s title pages between 1773 and 1780
Guðrún Ingólfsdóttir: Women’s manuscript culture in Iceland, 1600–1900
M.J. Driscoll: Pleasure and pastime. The manuscripts of Guðbrandur Sturlaugsson á Hvítadal
Þórunn Sigurðardóttir: Constructing cultural competence in seventeenth-century Iceland: The case of poetical miscellanies
Tereza Lansing: Permissible entertainment: The post-medieval transmission of fornaldarsaga manuscripts in western Iceland