Exploring the Literary Function of Law and Litigation in Njal's Saga
Cardozo Stud. L. & Literature, Vol. 3, No. 62, 1991
21 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2008
Date Written: 1991
This paper argues that whether Njal's Saga (a medieval Icelandic family saga) accurately describes litigation or correctly identifies legal rules in medieval Iceland, those descriptions primarily serve a literary function. The author uses law and litigation to accelerate or retard the plot in order to enhance dramatic tension.
Keywords: law and literature, medieval Iceland, family saga, saga
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