AffiliationUniversity of Chester; Stockholm University
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AbstractMoving pictures continue to transform popular engagements with the human past for early 21st-century audiences as for 20th-century audiences, via cinema, television and the internet. While there is a long tradition of ﬁlmic representations of the Vikings, the History Channel series Vikings (2013–) is to date a unique instance of a multi-season popular English- language drama portraying the Viking Age in pre–Christian Scandinavia. The story and settings are ﬁctional and sometimes fantastical, yet they are richly and imaginatively informed by a mixture of literary, historical and archaeological sources. This chapter reviews the dialogues with dead bodies and body-parts depicted in the show.
CitationWilliams, H. & Klevnäs, A. (2019-forthcoming). Dialogues with the dead in Vikings. In P. Hardwick & K. Lister (Eds.), Vikings and the Vikings: The Norse World(s) of the History Channel Series (pp. 128−152). Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press.
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