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

With Natalie M. Van Deusen. The Saints in Old Norse and Early Modern Icelandic Poetry. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Pp. 363. [At press.]

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.

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