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The Poetics of CommemorationSkaldic Verse and Social Memory, c. 890–1070$
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Erin Michelle Goeres

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198745747

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745747.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Poetics of Commemoration

Erin Michelle Goeres

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the book and provides background on modern and medieval theories of social memory. It discusses the work of scholars such as Maurice Halbwachs, Paul Connerton, and Pierre Nora and considers the relevance of their theories to the medieval context. The chapter then compares their views to medieval theories of memory, particularly those of Snorri Sturluson. It then discusses the role of the skald at the early medieval court and the relationship between skaldic poetry and social remembrance. It also discusses forms of poetic commemoration in Viking-Age Scandinavia and presents the main arguments of the book, concluding with an overview of each of the following chapters.

Keywords:   social memory, Scandinavia, commemoration, skaldic verse, Viking Age

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