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As with many manifestations of medievalist popular culture, Vikings are subject to the awkward tensions which so often arise between entertainment, audience expectations, and the quest for historical “authenticity”. The History Channel’s series Vikings is undoubtedly one of the most successful attempts to negotiate these sometimes conflicting demands, locating a post-Game of Thrones medievalist action series in a physical and cultural landscape informed by academic research.
In this session, the co-editors of Vikings and the Vikings: Essays on Television’s History Channel Series (McFarland, 2019) will talk about their own Viking enthusiasms and about the process of creating a volume which does justice to the diverse strands of the production.
Prof Oz Hardwick is an international award-winning poet and Principal Lecturer in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University. His tenth poetry collection, A Census of Preconceptions will be published by SurVision Books in 2022. As Paul Hardwick, he has published extensively on the Middle Ages and medievalism, including the monograph English Medieval Misericords and the Margins of Meaning (Boydell, 2011).
Dr Kate Lister is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Leeds Trinity University. She is the author of A Curious History of Sex (Unbound, 2020) and has also published in the medical humanities, Victorian Studies, and medievalism. Her most recent book, Harlots, Whores, and Hackabouts: A History of Sex for Sale was published by Thames and Hudson in 2021.

All welcome- this seminar is free to attend, but booking in advance is required.