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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 344: Vikingism: Viking Age Scandinavians Entangled in Modern British and North American Media

Monday 3 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Tom Grant, Instituut voor Cultuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Johanna Hoorenman, Departement Talen, Literatuur en Communicatie, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 344-aHis / Her Viking Blood: Cultural Heritage, Citizenship, and Belonging in Viking Romance Novels
(Language: English)
Johanna Hoorenman, Departement Talen, Literatuur en Communicatie, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Sexuality, Women's Studies
Paper 344-bNeil Gaiman in the Context of 21st-Century Vikingism
(Language: English)
Tom Grant, Instituut voor Cultuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 344-cSigrid Undset and the 'Mouldy Viking Romanticism' of Wartime America
(Language: English)
Jonathan Hui, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

Vikings - their history, traditions, mythology, and material culture - have taken contemporary cinema, television, video games, music, literature, and comics by storm. The papers in this session explore the origins, development and character of the reception of vikings in contemporary media - Vikingism - through three case studies. Jonathan Hui will discuss how the 1941 children's book Sigurd, by Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset, subverts the Vikingism of her time; Tom Grant will consider the unique place occupied by the works of Neil Gaiman in contemporary Vikingism; and Johanna Hoorenman explores the way in which popular romance novels employ Viking settings in order to work though cultural tensions of gender, citizenship, and belonging in Post-Brexit England.