Wayward Warriors : The Viking Motif in Swedish and English Children’s Literature

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Wayward Warriors : The Viking Motif in Swedish and English Children’s Literature
Author(s) Sundmark, Björn
Date 2014
English abstract
In this article the Viking motif in children’s literature is explored—from its roots in (adult) nationalist and antiquarian discourse, over pedagogical and historical texts for children, to the eventual diversification (or dissolution) of the motif into different genres and forms. The focus is on Swedish Viking narratives, but points of comparison are established with Viking children’s literature in the English-speaking world. Differences and similarities are pointed out, but more importantly, patterns of reciprocity and influence are examined. Finally, it is shown how international representations of Vikings to a growing extent have replaced the ones that are nationally and regionally determined. The Viking has ultimately become a deracinated and commodified symbol: a free-floating signifier and a wayward warrior.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10583-013-9210-y (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Springer
Host/Issue Children's Literature in Education;3
Volume 45
ISSN 0045-6713
Pages 197-210
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/20410 (link to this page)

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