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A Troll Did It?: Trauma as a Paranormal State in the Íslendingasögur

From the book Paranormal Encounters in Iceland 1150–1400

  • Marion Poilvez


How does trauma transpire in a text? In the Íslendingasögur, paranormal activities and traumatic experiences seem to share an uncanny resemblance. Both are incomprehensible, disruptive, repetitive, relentless, reluctant, and contagious. Their similarity designates the paranormal as a narrative mode for traumatic experiences.

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