Wandering Across Scandinavia in Egils Saga (Public Lecture, 14th August)

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 →

‘Now Flying over the Hell-mouth’: The Gap Between St Guðlac and Nordic Volcano Imagery

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 →

Interview with Alex Wilson

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’.

Medieval and Early Modern Student Association

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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