Old Norse Studies and Collective Memory: An Introduction

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Thisspecial issue of Scandinavian-Canadian Studies/ Études scandinaves
au Canada is the result of a number of sessions organized by guest editors Yoav
Tirosh and Simon Nygaard for the 2018 International Medieval Congress (IMC)
at Leeds and supported by the Memory and the Pre-Modern North network. This
introduction serves to contextualize the study of collective memory within the
field of Old Norse as well as introduce some of the key theoretical concepts
discussed in the issue. The formation and transmission of collective memory in
pre-literate and literate societies are explained, with an eye towards the cognitive
elements at play. Finally, the issueʼs articles are discussed, as is the logic of the
compilation. This special issue hopes to expand the already thriving field of
collective memory studies in Old Norse, building upon the work already done and
offering new directions forward.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian-Canadian Studies
Pages (from-to)24-35
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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