Dr Erin Goeres

Dr Erin Goeres

Associate Professor


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2013

Research summary

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 has since been published as Poetics of Commemoration: Skaldic Verse and Social Memory, c. 890-1070 (Oxford University Press, 2015). 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.

Teaching summary

I teach a number of modules on Old Norse language and literature for undergraduate and postgraduate students. I also contribute to modules on Scandinavian literature and history, medieval literature, and poetry.


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.