Vikings and the Vikings: Essays on Television’s History Channel Series
Edited by Paul Hardwick and Kate Lister
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Copyright Date: 2019
Not Yet Published
Vikings and the Vikings is an excellent and wide-ranging exploration of a television series which has more successfully summoned the world of the Vikings for modern audiences than any which has preceded it. From a range of critical viewpoints, the book explores the ways in which past and present representations of “Vikings” converge in the show’s richly textured dramatization of the rise and fall of Ragnar Loðbrók—and the exploits of his heirs—creating what for many viewers is a “true” representation of the age. From the show’s sources in both saga literature and Victorian revival, to its engagement with contemporary concerns regarding gender, race, and identity, via setting, sex, society and more, this first book-length study of the History Channel series will appeal to fans of the show, Viking enthusiasts, and anyone with an interest in medievalism in the 21st century.
Paul Hardwick is a professor of English at Leeds Trinity University, where he leads the creative writing programs and teaches medieval literature. He has published widely on the art and literature of the Middle Ages, with a particular focus on misericords and animal iconography, and on medievalism.
Kate Lister is a lecturer in the school of arts and communication at Leeds Trinity University. She has published in the medical humanities, material culture, Victorian Studies, and Neo-Medievalism. She is a columnist for inews and won the Sexual Freedom Publicist of the Year Award in 2017.