Department of Scandinavian Studies
16-18 Gordon Square
Lecturer in Old Norse Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
My current research explores the cultural repercussions of the Norman Conquest of England in
Scandinavian literature. I am particularly interested in the ways in which
Scandinavian writers continued to explore their relationship with England after
the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Norman Conquest. My work for this project
encompasses skaldic verse, the historical and political sagas, and Old Norse
translations of Anglo-Norman romance.
My doctoral thesis examined the social functions of commemorative skaldic verse during the Viking age and is currently forthcoming as a monograph from Oxford University Press. In this book I trace the evolution of commemorative poetry from its roots in the disparate kingdoms of pre-Christian Scandinavia through to its emergence as a highly crafted, Christian art form in the eleventh century. I argue that that poetic commemoration played a key role in the construction of a shared history and identity for members of the elite, courtly communities of early medieval Scandinavia.
I received my doctorate in Old Norse-Icelandic Literature in 2010 from the University of Oxford. I also hold an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of York and a BA(Hons) in English Literature and French Studies from the University of Winnipeg. After completing my doctorate I lectured in medieval languages and literature for two years at the University of Oxford before taking up a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto. I joined UCL as Lecturer in Old Norse Language and Literature in September 2013.
- Assistant coordinator, 'Languages, Myths and Finds: Translating Viking and Norse Cultures in the 21st Century'
- Conference Co-organizer, 'The Seige of London: King Cnut and the Conquest of England in 1016'
- Conference co-organizer, 'There and Back Again: Writing Spaces, Mapping Places in the Medieval World'
- Councillor, Viking Society for Northern Research
- Reviews co-editor, Saga-Book for Northern Research
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