"In Search of First Contact: Pursuing the Vikings of Vinland from the Sagas to the Kensington Stone" (lecture)
Annette Kolodny, Professor Emerita of American Literature and Culture and former Dean of the UA College of Humanities, will reveal the fruits of twelve years of research about the medieval Vikings in North America--research that took her across both North America and Europe. In her latest book, “In Search of First Contact: The Vikings of Vinland, the Peoples of the Dawnland, and the Anglo-American Anxiety of Discovery,” Kolodny offers a radically new interpretation of the Vinland sagas and their impact on U.S. literature and culture. She uncovers the reasons why 19th century Americans were convinced that Vinland was located in New England, and she reviews the evidence behind this belief. Her book examines what the sagas reveal about the Native peoples encountered by the Vikings in Vinland and, in a masterful piece of detective work, she recovers Native American stories about first contacts with Europeans. Her talk will follow the adventure of this twelve year investigation and end with the latest revelations about the real history of the infamous Kensington Stone from Minnesota. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception, book sale and book signing.
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