Power of Women in the Viking AgeSummer Course

Major Discipline(s)
Gender Studies, Literature
Location: Stockholm
Session 3

In this course, we focus on the representations of women in the Viking world. The idea of strong Viking women is explored in numerous ways including the question of gender and the sphere between male and female, women warriors, and crossdressing as seen in the Sagas. The course also examines women weaving female representations of heroic narratives in circulation, i.e., visual poetry, and women as travelers between continents.


Related Discipline(s)

This summer course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Anthropology, History


Lena Norrman

DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D., Older Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, 2006. Senior Lecturer in Swedish in the department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch at the University of Minnesota since 2005. The role of women in medieval Scandinavia is the focus of Dr. Norrman’s research, with special emphasis on the use of weaving as a means of communication. She is the author of Viking Women: Narrative Roles in Woven Tapestries (2008). She has also published articles on women, storytelling and weaving in Viking Age Scandinavia and Classical Greece. With DIS from 2018.