“What does a man do?” Representing and Performing Masculinity

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVikings and the Vikings
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on Television’s History Channel Series
EditorsPaul Hardwick, Kate Lister
Place of PublicationJefferson, North Carolina
PublisherMcFarland and Company, Inc
Pages59-76
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781476638430
ISBN (Print)9781476673745
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2019

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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.