Languages: High Proficiency: Swedish Reading and Communication Skills: Danish, French, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish Reading Languages: Gothic, Latin, Middle English, Old English, Old High German, Old Norse
Research/Language Interests: Scandinavian Studies, Folklore Studies, Medieval Studies, Medival through 19th century literature
Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992-99 Ph.D. in Advanced Folklore Studies Dissertation: “Function and Formula: An Analysis of Ten Poems from the Codex Regius.” University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989-1992 Department of Scandinavian Studies Master of Arts Degree in Scandinavian Linguistics University of Minnesota, 1987-88 Department of Applied Linguistics English as a Second Language Teaching University of Minnesota, 1983-84, 1986-87 Department of Linguistics Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics Goethe Institute; Staufen, BRD, 1984-85 German Language and Literature
Affiliated Departments: Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies; Religions Studies; Medieval Studies
Undergraduate Courses: Lit Trans 235 “World of the Sagas” Scand 261 Third Year Swedish Lit Trans 275/Scand 475 “Hans Christian Andersen” Lit Trans 271/Scand 373 “Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature: 800-1890” Scand 401 “Contemporary Scandinavian Languages” Scand 411/INTLST 310 “Areas in Scandinavian Literature” Scand 424/Lit Trans 337 “19th Century Scandinavian Literature” Scand 429/Folk/Relig-Mediev-LitTrans 342 “Mythology of Scandinavia” Scand 430/Medieval 430 "The Vikings" Scand 433/Lit Trans-Folk-Mediev 345 “Scandinavian Tale and Ballad” Scand 435 "The Icelandic Saga" Folklore 460 “Folk Epics” ILS 157 Bradley Roundtable (various topics)
Graduate Courses: Scand 415 "History of Scandinavian Languages II" Scand 433 “Scandinavian Tale and Ballad” Scand 429 “Mythology of Scandinavia” 720 Topic in Depth "Language Teaching Methods" Scand 901 “Oral Theory”
About Me: I have been at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since September 1989. I started with an interest in Historical Scandinavian Linguistics, which has grown to a general interest in medieval Scandinavia. My dissertation was written on the transition from orality to literacy in Scandinavia, dealing mostly with Codex Regius. The Dissertation title is Function and Formula: An Analysis of Ten Poems from the Codex Regius. My research interests currently consist of Oral Theory and The Volsunga Saga, I have just completed an article and translation on Saint Ansgar and his mission to Sweden and finally HC Andersen's use of Romantic era flower language in his texts and "The Little Mermaid". I am currently working on a project on the folk life on the Åland islands. I am currently the Norden House Faculty Director, the Scandinavian language floor with the International Learning Community, and a faculty fellow for the Bradley Learning community. I have created several distance education course; one for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The Vikings; I worked with Niels Ingwersen on a DVD set for the distance course The Tale of Hans Christian Andersen; and Susan Brantly on a distance course on 19th Century Scandinavian Literature. I am also currently a member of the Humanities Council of Wisconsin's Speakers Bureau.
Analyzing Ten Poems from The Poetic Edda: Oral Formula and Mythic Patterns. Mellem Press, 2008.
Beginner’s Swedish with 2 Audio CDs. Hippocrene: NY, 2006.
ACTFL “Standards for Swedish” 2015, with others on task force.
“Hans Christian Anderen as a Social Observer,” in More than Just Fairy Tales, Julie Allen ed. Cognella, 2013.
"Flowers and Emblems in H.C. Andersen's 'The Snow Queen,'" in The Nordic Storyteller: Essays in Honour of Niels Ingwersen, Susan Brantly and Thomas DuBois eds. Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2009.
“Saint Ansgar: His Mission and its Scandinavian Context” In Sanctity in the North: Saints, Cults and Lives in the Nordic Middle Ages. U of Toronto P, in Press, Fall 2006.
"The Nordic Roots of Tolkien's Middle Earth," Tom DuBois and Scott Mellor. Scandinavian Review 90(Summer 2002), 1: 35-40. Reprinted in Finnish News.
"Multiform and Life Cycle: An Armenian and a Scandinavian Narrative." Scandinavian Studies. 71(2001), 3: 417-436.
Select Conference Presentations
“Continuity of motif in pre and post conversions folk narrative: the supernatural ham sandwich.” Society for the Advancement or Scandinavian Study Annual Conference in New Haven, CT. March 2-4, 2014
“Why the Gods Must Die,” Society for the Advancement or Scandinavian Study Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA. May 2-4, 2013.
“Ships that Pass in the Night: Narrative and Åland Identity,” Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society, Boise, Idaho, October 21-25, 2009.
Panel: Developing Teaching Standards for the Nordic Languages, 99th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Madison, Wisconsin, April 30-May 2, 2009.
“Text and the Oral Ballad: The Politics of the Ballad,” 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 7-10, 2009
"'Hvad siger den lille Sommergjæk?’ Flowers and embedded stories in H.C. Andersen.” The 95th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Portland, Oregon May 5-7, 2005.
"Saint Ansgar: His Swedish Mission and its Larger Context," The 93rd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study. Minneapolis, MN., May 1-4 2003.
"Multiform and Life Cycle: An Armenian and a Scandinavian Narrative." The 90th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study: Folklore Pre-conference. Madison, WI. 30 April-2 May 2000.
“Oral Antecedents of Germanic Poetry.” The 89th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study. Seattle, WI. 30 April-2 May 1999.
“Manuscripts and Codex Regius.” The annual meeting of the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada. St. John’s, New Foundland. May 31-June 4 1997.
“Occurrences of gráta in the Icelandic Sagas.” The 85th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study. Pullman, WA. 27-30 April 1995.
“Crying in Medieval Scandinavian Folklore.” American Folklore Society and Society for Ethnomusicology 1994 Joint Annual Meeting. Milwaukee, WI. 19-23 October 1994.
“Mythic Patterns in Volsunga Saga.” The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study. Davenport, IA. 28-30 April 1994.
“Gustav Vasa and the Medieval Scandinavian Ballad.” Twenty-Eighth International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI. 6-9 May 1993.
“Old Scandinavian, Old English and Lowland Scots: or 'Qha gar the bairn greet.'” The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study. Amherst, MA. 3-5 May 1991.