University of Wisconsin–Madison


Kirsten Wolf
Nordic, Professor
Email: kirstenwolf@wisc.edu

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.

Selected Publications

Ed. The Priest’s Eye: AM 672 4to in The Arnamagnaean Collection, Copenhagen. Manuscripta Nordica: Early Nordic Manuscripts in Digital Facsimile. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press. Pp. 83+ 179 +149. [Forthcoming.]
With Natalie M. Van Deusen. The Saints in Old Norse and Early Modern Icelandic Poetry. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017. Pp. xiii + 363.

The Legends of the Saints in Old Norse-Icelandic Prose. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. Pp. xi + 405.

Ed. A female legendary from Iceland: “Kirkjubæjarbók” (AM 429 12mo) in The Arnamagnæan Collection, Copenhagen. Manuscripta Nordica: Early Nordic Manuscripts in Digital Facsimile 3. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2011. Pp. 147 + 87 + 86.

With Johanna Denzin, ed. Romance and Love in Late Medieval and Early Modern Iceland: Essays in Honor of Marianne Kalinke. Islandica 54. Ithaca: Cornell University Library, 2008. Pp. xii + 341.

With A. N. Doane, ed. Beatus Vir: Studies in Early English and Norse Manuscripts  in Memory of Phillip Pulsiano. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 319. Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2006. Pp. xxix + 545.

Daily Life of the Vikings. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2004. Pp. xx + 187. 2nd rev. ed. New York: Sterling, 2013. Pp. xvii + 252.

Ed. Heilagra meyja sögur. Trúarrit 1. Reykjavík: Bókmenntafræñistofnun Háskóla Íslands, 2003. Pp. lxvii + 191.

Ed. Saga heilagrar Önnu. Reykjavík: Stofnun Árna Magnússonar, 2001. Pp. cliv + 166.

Ed. The Old Norse-Icelandic Legend of Saint Barbara. Studies and Texts 134. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2000. Pp. vii + 187.

Ed. The Icelandic Legend of Saint Dorothy. Studies and Texts 130. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1997. Pp. vii + 132.

Ed. Gyñinga saga. Reykjavík: Stofnun Árna Magnússonar, 1995. Pp. clxvi + 233.

Medieval Scandinavia: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Phillip Pulsiano and Kirsten Wolf with Paul Acker and Donald K. Fry. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1993. Pp. xix + 768.