Brynja Thorgeirsdottir, Clare Hall

Degree: PhD
Course: ASNC
Supervisor: Dr Judy Quinn

Biographical Information

I am a first year PhD student at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. My doctoral research centres on emotional depiction in the Sagas of Icelanders. I completed my MA in Comparative Literature at the University of Iceland in 2015 with distinction. Dissertation topic was lovesickness in Egil´s saga. I also hold an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology from the same university, and I am very interested in how culture shapes human thinking and writing.

Apart from my studies, I have for the past years had a career as a broadcast journalist and editor in Iceland. My fields have mainly been culture, literature and language. Among many projects is the development, production and hosting of three television series on the history and wonders of the Icelandic language (“Ordbragd”), which both received the awards of the Icelandic Film and TV Academy. I additionally co-authored a book on the same subject, which was nominated for the literary prize of the Icelandic Association of Academic and Educational Authors. From 2013 I was a cultural editor for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Company.

As for personal interests, they are first and foremost literature in the widest sense. I have also had Icelandic horses and enjoy riding and trekking in Icelandic nature.

Research Interests

I am interested in Old Norse literature and how it was shaped by medieval culture. That includes in particular the Sagas of Icelanders, Eddic poems, Fornaldarsögur norðurlanda, translated and indigenous romances, manuscript transmission, manuscript studies, emotions in literature, the history of emotions and literary history, as well as close comparative literary and textual analysis.

Selected Publications

2015  “Elskhuginn Egill Skallagrímsson.” Skírnir, 2/2015, pp. 360-397. [Peer-reviewed article on the lovesick Egil Skallagrímsson].

2014  Orðbragð. A book co-authored by Bragi Valdimar Skúlason. Forlagið, Reykjavík. On the diversities and history of the Icelandic language.

2014  Loforð um hneykslissögur. [A promise of a scandalous rumour]. Radio episode. Author. Two episodes on the canonical Icelandic writer Þórbergur Þórðarson and his personal letters in Esperanto. Aired on RÚV/The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

2013-2016  Orðbragð I, II & III. Script writer and presenter. Three television series on the wonders of the Icelandic language. Aired on RÚV/The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

2013  Sjúkdómsgreining: Ást [Diagnosis: Love]. Radio episode. Author. On lovesickness in the Middle ages. Aired on Rás 1/The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

2012  “Samtal yfir tvö þúsund ár. Um tengsl Skugga-Baldurs og Ummyndana Óvíðs”. TMM, Tímarit Máls og menningar, 3/2012, pp. 42-50. [Literary article on the relationship between Sjón´s Blue Fox and Ovid´s Metamorphoses].

2011  Snúið líf Elvu [The Twisted Life of Elva]. Documentary. Script writing and production. Aired on Rás 1/The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service and The Nordic Film Festival in Lübeck 2012.