Smith, Gregg A.
Dr. Gregg A. Smith is an Associate Professor of English teaching at West Virginia. He earned his doctoral degree in Comparative Medieval Studies from the University of Washington.2007 0-7734-5353-9
Examines the nature and function of the dead in medieval Norse and Celtic literature. It is demonstrated that agents of the living dead in these literatures have a functional and formulaic role, largely manifested as a process of wish-fulfillment. While the authors of these stories provide resonances of past beliefs regarding the dead, they also appear to have adapted these ideas for their own purposes in order to involve the dead as role-players in their stories. This book contains 11 color photographs.