Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Ármann Jakobsson (University of Iceland)
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is the journal of

Hið íslenska bókmenntafélag

(est. 1816). It was founded in 1827 as the successor to

Íslenzk sagnablöð

, and is currently the oldest cultural journal in Northern Europe. In the nineteenth century,


mostly carried news from Iceland and abroad along with obituaries and memorial poems. At the time it was Icelanders’ main source of information about distant places such as Africa, Asia and South America and is an important source for Icelandic ideas about the world in the nineteenth century.

Skírnir was changed into a scholarly and cultural journal in the early nineteenth century, carrying articles about literature, philosophy, history, and current affairs, and has since then published many important studies plus texts from some of Icelandic finest

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Citation: Jakobsson, Ármann. "Skírnir". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 August 2023 [, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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