Kristen Wolf, Ph.D.
(Prof. & Chair, Scandinavian Studies,
Univ. Of Wisconsin-Madison)
5.11 – The Viking Gods (4.12.13)
Languages: Old Norse-Icelandic.
Research/Language Interests: Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature, paleography and philology, hagiography, biblical translation, color studies.
Education: Ph.D. University College London, 1987. M.A. University College London, 1982. B.A. Hons. University of Iceland, 1981.
Affiliated Departments: Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore. Religious Studies Program.
Undergraduate Courses: Old Norse I Old Norse II Survey of Old Norse-Icelandic Literature The Vikings The Icelandic Sagas Introduction to Scandinavian Linguistics
Graduate Courses: History of the Scandinavian Languages I History of the Scandinavian Languages II Topics in Scandinavian Linguistics Paleography and Philology
About Me: I am Kim Nilsson Professor and Torger Thompson Chair. I am a native of Denmark. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Scandinavian languages from University College London and my B.A. Hons. in Icelandic and Norwegian at the University of Iceland. I joined the Department in the fall of 2001, where I teach a variety of courses on Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature and Scandinavian linguistics. My research interests include Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature, especially paleography and philology; hagiography; and color studies. I have published 15 books. The most recent are The Legends of the Saints in Old Norse-Icelandic Prose (Toronto, 2013); A female legendary from Iceland: “Kirkjubæjarbók” (AM 429 12mo) in The Arnamagnæan Collection (Copenhagen, 2011); (with Johanna Denzin), Romance and Love in Late Medieval and Early Modern Iceland: Essays in Honor of Marianne Kalinke (Ithaca, 2008), and (with A.N. Doane) Beatus Vir: Studies in Early English and Norse Manuscripts in Memory of Phillip Pulsiano (Tempe, AZ, 2006). My book, Sex, Sodomy, and Other Scandals: A Handbook for Priests from Medieval Iceland: AM 672 4to in The Arnamagnæan Collection, Copenhagen, has been submitted to Manuscripta Nordica for publication. I am currently working on two book projects. One is with Dario Bullitta on an edition tentatively entitled Three Humanist Compendia in Danish and Icelandic Translation. The other is with Carole Biggam; we both serve as co-general editors of Bloomsbury Publishing’s 6-volume A Cultural History of Color. In addition to books, I have translated several sagas into Danish and published approximately 80 articles on a variety of topics within the field of Old Norse-Icelandic, including editions of religious texts, non-verbal communication, gender dysphoria, and color terms.I have lost track of the number of reviews I’ve written for journals and periodicals over the years.