Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
William H. Fisher
Through applying anthropological theory to gift exchange in medieval Icelandic sagas, we can uncover a wealth of information about the construction and reinforcement of gender, power, and value. This study incorporates Mauss, Sahlins, and Graeber alongside other theorists to analyze how the narrators of Egil's Saga, The Saga of Grettir the Strong, and Gisli Sursson's Saga perceived a past Iceland.
Eubank, Emma, "Silver, Ships and Soil: Gift-Giving in Medieval Icelandic Sagas" (2022). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 1871.