Jon Wright, Magdalene
Supervisor: Dr Elizabeth Rowe
AM 748 Ia 4to: contextualising the transmission of eddic poetry by identifying the output of one scribe.
Jon read Viking Studies at UCL, comprising chiefly Old Norse language and literature and Viking-age history, including a year abroad in Oslo which first introduced him to the joys of palaeography; his undergraduate dissertation focussed on the usefulness of Orkneyinga saga for informing our understanding of the Scandinavian settlement of the Northern Isles. He stayed on at UCL for the MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, taking up Latin and broadening his palaeographical training, and spent his dissertation applying stylistics-based approaches to authorship to the attribution of the Prose Edda to Snorri Sturluson.
Medieval Icelandic palaeography; saga historicity and authorship; neo-Lachmannian stemmatics and editing