Memory and Remembering: Past Awareness in the Medieval North

March 22, 2013
Memory and Remembering: Past Awareness in the Medieval North

The 2012 Radcliffe Seminar, “The Ambiguities of Memory Construction in Medieval Texts: The Nordic Case,” inspired a series of theoretically-oriented essays which have now appeared as Memory and Remembering: Past Awareness in the Medieval North. Special issue of Scandinavian Studies,  85:3. Ed. Pernille Hermann and Stephen A. Mitchell, containing the following essays:

"Constructing the Past. Introductory Remarks" (Pernille Hermann and Stephen Mitchell, pp. 261-66)

“Places, Monuments and Objects. The Past in Ancient Scandinavia” (Anders Andrén, pp. 267-81)

“Memory, Mediality, and the ‘Performative Turn’: Recontextualizing Remembering in Medieval Scandinavia” (Stephen Mitchell, pp. 282-305)

“Ethnomemory: Ethnographic and Culture-Centered Approaches to the Study of Memory” (Thomas A. DuBois, pp. 306-31)

“Saga Literature, Cultural Memory and Storage” (Pernille Hermann, pp. 332-54)

“Hegemonic Memory, Counter-Memory and Struggles for Royal Power: The Rhetoric of the Past in the Age of King Sverrir Sigurðsson of Norway” (Bjørn Bandlien, pp. 355-77)

“Cultural Memory and Gender in Iceland from Medieval to Early Modern Time” (Agnes S. Arnórsdóttir, pp. 378-99)

“Past Awareness in Christian Environments: Source-Critical Ideas about Memories of the Pagan Past” (Gísli Sigurðsson, pp. 400-10)