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Chris Mawford

Research Student,



I am currently a first-year PhD student at the University of Nottingham in the School of English, returning after I completed my MA in Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies.

Research Summary

Current Status

Full-time PhD

Research Topic

My PhD is focused on liminal spaces in Old Norse wisdom poetry.

Current Research

My research is focused on narrative instances found in Eddic texts where themes of wisdom, life, and death are all present, and the implications that can be drawn from this. I am naturally focused on 'wisdom poems', such as Hávamál, Grímnismál, and Vafþrúðnismál. I am also researching poems that do not fall into this usual category, such as the 'heroic' poems such as Fáfnismál and the poetic fragments of the Fornaldarsǫgur.

I am in my first year of research and I naturally expect my research to become more detailed in time.

Current Supervisors

Dr Paul Cavill

Professor Judith Jesch

Past Research

My MA dissertation was focused on a comparison of wisdom between the Old Norse and Old English traditions, using Hávamál and Vainglory respectively as subjects.

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