Markelova Olga

Gerður Kristný Guðjónsdóttir: „Poles“ (2019)

Markelova Olga (2021) "Gerður Kristný Guðjónsdóttir: „Poles“ (2019) ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia III : Filologiia, 2021, vol. 66, pp. 73-88 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturIII202166.73-88


This publication contains selected translations into Russian from the book The Poles (Heimskaut, 2019) by Gerður Kristný Guðjónsdóttur, the contemporary Icelandic poet. Allusions to literary and historical plots in this book are of considerable interest. References to the Old Icelandic literature (Edda and sagas) are important for Gerður Kristný; there have been rather few poets in Iceland in the last decades who refer to the Old Icelandic literary heritage regularly. Gerður Kristný handles this literary material not from the national but form the universal perspective. Gerður Kristný emphasises the content of the Old Icelandic literary texts, particularly the episodes and details which are of minor importance in the original narrative; sometimes these are even absent but easily reconstructed. The approach to the Old Icelandic material in her poetry does not diff er from her approach to any other historical or literary data. Descriptions of emotions and small everyday details often occupy a prominent place in her poems. The relevant historical event or the literary plot itself are sometimes not mentioned in the poem, only the context is present, which determines the reader’s interpretation. Due to such poetic manner, those events and plots which the poems are based on are perceived as universal and current at the same time. All the poems in this collection are published in Russian for the first time.


contemporary Icelandic literature, Icelandic poetry, poetry of the 2010s, Gerður Kristný Guðjónsdóttir , translation, reception of Old Icelandic literature, reception of historical plots


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Information about the author

Markelova Olga

Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in Philology;
Academic Rank: Associate Professor;
Place of work: Moscow State Linguistic University; 38 Ostozhenka Str., Moscow, 119038, Russian Federation;
Post: associate professor;
ORCID: 0000-0003-3640-4886;
Email: tysdagur@mail.ru.

*According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.