“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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