Late Summer Lectures is back for 2019! Join us at our free series, open to everyone from schools and students to members of the public. In this opening talk, Kate Marlow will take us on a trip round Scandinavia, guided by one of the adventuring heroes of thirteenth-century literature. When: 14th August, 17.30-18.30 Where: Alington... Continue Reading →
If you search for hell in your satnav you probably won't get very far, but in the Anglo-Saxon literary imagination, hell appears to have been located around the North Sea. Michael Baker directs readers in a new article in our Postgraduate English journal. This investigation into the effects of landscape and place on apocalyptic literature... Continue Reading →
Take a bunch of trolls. Add a haunch of human. Set to rest in a cave. Boil until well cooked. Old Norse myths serve readers with a literary feast of man-eating monsters and some very grisly recipes. We chatted with Rebecca Drake, on the back of her recent Postgraduate English article, about cooking, witty monsters,... Continue Reading →
You have probably heard of the Old Norse gods Odin, Loki, and Thor, albeit often in ‘Hollywood-ized’ versions. But have you heard of Gudrun, daughter of Gjuki, wife of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer, and badass woman of the seven-hundred-year-old Poetic Edda? Be introduced to her by Katie Harling-Lee. The Poetic Edda, also known as The Elder... Continue Reading →
An interview with Durham English PhD student Alexander Wilson, about his research, and his forthcoming talk on ‘Othering the Other: Social Cognition in Two Icelandic Sagas’.
Our final seminar will be on March 14 and will be led by Alex Wilson, speaking about ‘Othering the Other: Social Cognition in Two Icelandic Sagas’. As usual, tea and biscuits from 17:40 with the seminar starting at 18:00.
Below we chatted to Alex about York, Grettis, legality and outlawry!
Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from?
I grew up in Fulford, near York—our school was just down the road from one of the slightly less famous battlefields that shaped the events of 1066—but I’ve spent eight of the last nine years living in Durham.
What brought you to Durham?
A favourite teacher recommended that I should apply to study here, and I liked it enough to stick around. Originally I had planned to specialise in modern literature, but halfway through my undergraduate course I became interested in medieval texts through discovering Old Norse and Old…
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