This essay examines the depiction of masculine identity within the History Channel TV show 'Vikings'. It discusses how individual characters are used to explore the processes by which manhood is attained and maintained, and the factors which can threaten and destroy it. The show draws on Norse sagas in delineating its version of Viking masculinity, revealing an understanding of gender as a matter of social and political performance, not simply biology.
|Title of host publication||Vikings and the Vikings|
|Subtitle of host publication||Essays on Television’s History Channel Series|
|Editors||Paul Hardwick, Kate Lister|
|Place of Publication||Jefferson, North Carolina|
|Publisher||McFarland and Company, Inc|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Nov 2019|
Lewis, K. J. (2019). “What does a man do?” Representing and Performing Masculinity. In P. Hardwick, & K. Lister (Eds.), Vikings and the Vikings : Essays on Television’s History Channel Series (pp. 59-76). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc.