Holly McArthur

Scandinavian Studies

Graduate Student


Languages: French, Norwegian, Old Norse

Area(s) of Study: Medieval translation. Cultural transmission. Old Icelandic romances. Arthurian literature. Gender construction in literature.

About: Holly is a PhD student in Scandinavian Studies. Following the medieval romances north, she first became interested in Old Norse literature through working with the Old Norse translation of Tristan and Isolde as part of her undergraduate thesis. Her master’s thesis, “That’s (Not) What She Said: Translating and Abridging Female Speech in Ívens saga,” examined the treatment of women’s dialogue in translation from the Old French Yvain into Old Norse. She also works as an assistant editor for Kyngervi, a student journal for Viking and Medieval Scandinavian Studies with a focus on gender and queer studies.


– University of Iceland, MA in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies (2019)
– New College of Florida, BA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and French Literature (2014)


  • 2019–2020, Graduate School Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison