Icelandic Heritage in North America

Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir (Editor), Hoskulder Thrainsson (Editor), Ulfar Bragason (Editor)

A celebration of cultural inheritance and the evolution of language.

Mapping the language, literature, and history of Icelandic immigrants and their descendants, this collection, translated and expanded for English-speaking audiences, delivers a comprehensive overview of Icelandic linguistic and cultural heritage in North America. Drawn from the findings of a three-year study involving over two hundred participants from Manitoba, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, and the Pacific West Coast, Icelandic Heritage in North America reveals the durability and versatility of the Icelandic language.

Editors Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir, Höskulder Thráinsson, and Úlfar Bragason bring together a range of interdisciplinary scholarship to investigate the endurance of the “Western Icelander.” Chapters delve into the literary works of Icelandic immigrant writers and interpret archival letters, newspapers, and journal entries to provide both qualitative and quantitative linguistic analyses and to mark significant cultural shifts between early settlement and today.

About the Authors

Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir is an Associate Professor in English at the University of Iceland.

HÖSKULDER THRÁINSSON is a professor emeritus of Modern Icelandic Linguistics at the University of Iceland, former Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Chair of the Centre for the Humanities, and Director of the Institute of Linguistics.

ÚLFAR BRAGASON is a professor emeritus at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, and former director of the Sigurður Nordal Institute at the University of Iceland.

Book Details

  • Icelandic Heritage in North America
  • Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir (Editor), Hoskulder Thrainsson (Editor), Ulfar Bragason (Editor)
  • Published April 2023, 320 pages
  • Paper, ISBN: 9781772840216, 6 × 9, $34.99
  • Topic(s): Icelandic Studies, Linguistics, Literature

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