University of Manitoba - Faculty of Arts - Icelandic Language and Literature - Transforming Old Norse Icelandic Literature : A Symposium March 12 2021
Transforming Old Norse Icelandic Literature : A Symposium March 12 2021

(DG Photo of UM Archives, 1894 Kemscott SOGP, published JWMS 2012)

Image: Walter Crane, “The Viking Ship” (Photograph: University of Manitoba Archives’ copy of William Morris’s The Story of the Glittering Plain, Kelmscott Press, 1894; see JWMS, 2012).

9:00 am – 10:10 am (3:00 pm – 4:10 pm) Panel 1: Old Norse Literature and Realism

  -Panel Chair: Andrew McGillivray

  -Ármann Jakobsson, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in Medieval Iceland: Saga Realism and the Sworn Brothers”

  -Heather O’Donoghue, “Madness, Mythology and Mitteleuropa: Günter Grass’s Transformation of Old Norse Myth   in The Tin Drum


10:20 am – 11:30 am (4:20 pm – 5:30 pm) Panel 2: Old Norse Literature and Medievalism

  -Panel Chair: P. J. Buchan

  -Tom Shippey, “The Old Gods Return”

  -Meghan Korten, “Old Norse women, feminism and textiles: the post-medieval representation of traditional femininity”


11:40 am – 12:50 pm (5:40 pm – 6:50 pm) Panel 3: Illusions of Perspective

  -Panel Chair: Brynjarr Þór Eyjólfsson

  -Adam Hansson, “Sympathy for a Jötunn: The Justification of Loki’s Actions”

  -Dustin Geeraert, “A Simulacrum of Gods”


1:00 pm – 2:10 pm (7:00 pm – 8:10 pm) Panel 4: New Norse Creations

  -Panel Chair: Ryan E. Johnson

  -Mackenzie Stewart, “The Creation of Midgard from Ymir the giant”

  -Ainsley Bloomer, “A Viking Legend: The Power of Love”


2:20 pm – 3:30 pm (8:20 pm – 9:30 pm) Panel 5:  Connections to the Land of Giants

  -Panel Chair: Katrín Níelsdóttir

  -Amélie Roberts, “The Giantess as ‘Other’ in The Poetic Edda, Ynglinga Saga, and Gerður Kristný’s Bloodhoof

  -Zlata Odribets, “Trauma and Fragmentation in Grendel and Bloodhoof”


Please follow This Link to pre-register to attend this event; questions can be directed to Dustin Geeraert ( 

Symposium Slides

Panel 2 Old Norse Women Feminism and Textiles

Panel 2 The Old Gods Return

Panel 3 A Simulacrum of Gods

Panel 3 Sympathy for a Jötunn

Panel 4 A Viking Legend

Panel 4 The Creation of Midgard from Ymir the Giant