Dorothea Coke Memorial Lecture 2013
History and Fiction in the Kings' Sagas: The Case of Haraldr harðráði
Professor Alison Finlay (Birkbeck College, University of London)
Thursday 21 March 2013, 5.30pm, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL Wilkins Building.
Followed by a reception in the Lower Refectory.
All welcome! This event is free, but ticketed. Please reserve your place via Eventbrite.
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Alison Finlay grew up in Australia, and took her first degree at the University of Melbourne. She moved on to graduate work, specializing in medieval English and Icelandic literature, at the University of Oxford, where she completed her D.Phil., on the Old Icelandic poets’ sagas, in 1994. Throughout her career she has worked at Birkbeck College, University of London, teaching Old English, Old Icelandic, Middle English and the history of the English language, and is now Professor of Medieval English and Icelandic Literature and Head of the Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck. She has published several translations of Old Icelandic sagas, including the historical texts Fagrskinna and Heimskringla (with Anthony Faulkes), and the poet’s saga Bjarnar saga Hítdælakappa, and many articles on Old Icelandic literature. She is also contributing to the collaborative project to re-edit the corpus of Old Norse skaldic poetry. She is Secretary of the Viking Society for Northern Research, and editor of Viking Society publications and of the periodical Saga-Book.