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Dr Erin Goeres
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Department of Scandinavian Studies
16-18 Gordon Square
London
WC1H 0AT
Appointment
  • Lecturer in Old Norse Language and Literature
  • SELCS
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Biography

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.

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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 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.

Teaching Summary

I teach three undergraduate courses on Old Norse language and literature, as well as a Masters-level course on Old Norse and an ELCS module on 'the Poet in Society'. I am currently supervising two doctoral theses on Old Norse literature and palaeography.

Appointments
01-SEP-2013 Lecturer in Old Norse Language and Literature Scandinavian Studies University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2012 – 31-AUG-2013 Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellow Centre for Medieval Studies University of Toronto, Canada
01-JAN-2012 – 31-DEC-2012 Stipendiary Lecturer in Medieval Literature St Anne's College University of Oxford, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2011 – 31-DEC-2011 Stipendiary Lecturer in Medieval Literature Lady Margaret Hall University of Oxford, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2010 – 30-JUN-2012 Retained Lecturer in Old English Magdalen College University of Oxford, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2010 – 31-DEC-2010 Retained Lecturer in Medieval Literature Wadham College University of Oxford, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2010 – 31-DEC-2010 Acting Reader in Old Norse Language and Literature Faculty of English Language and Literature University of Oxford, United Kingdom
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