Brynja Thorgeirsdottir, Clare Hall

Degree: PhD
Course: ASNC
Supervisor: Dr Judy Quinn

Biographical Information

I am a third year PhD student at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (from October 2016). My doctoral research centres on the emotional depiction in the Sagas of Icelanders. I completed my MA in Comparative Literature at the University of Iceland in 2015 with distinction. The dissertation topic was lovesickness in Egils 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 worked as a broadcast journalist and editor in Iceland. My fields have mainly been culture, literature and language. Among many projects is the production of three television series on the history and wonders of the Icelandic language (Orðbragð), which all 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 Service (RÚV).

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.

Additionally, I teach Modern Icelandic at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. My full CV is accessible here.

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, but also poetry, Fornaldarsögur norðurlanda, and translated and indigenous romances. I am also very interested in manuscript transmission, manuscript studies, emotions in literature, the history of emotions and literary history, as well as close comparative literary and textual analysis.

Areas of Supervision

Old Norse literature.

Selected Publications

2019, forthcoming: Brynja Þorgeirsdóttir. ‘Emotions of a Vulnerable Viking: Negotiations of Masculinity in Egils saga’. Old Norse Masculinities, ed. by Gareth Evans and Jessica Hancock, Studies in Old Norse Literature (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2019).

2019, forthcoming: Brynja Þorgeirsdóttir, Francesco Colombo, Caitlin Ellis, Kathryn A. Haley-Halinski, James McIntosh, and Jonathan Y. H. Hui. ‘Jóns saga leiksveins: A Text and Translation’. New Norse Studies, 1 (2019). [A collaborative English translation of the saga with an introduction.]

2018, forthcoming: Brynja Þorgeirsdóttir. ‘Humoral Theory in the Medieval North: An Old Norse Translation of Epistula Vindiciani in Hauksbók’. Gripla, 29 (2018).

2015 Brynja Þorgeirsdóttir. ‘Elskhuginn Egill Skallagrímsson’. Skírnir, 2/2015, pp. 360-397. [On the lovesick Egil Skallagrímsson.]

2014 Brynja Þorgeirsdóttir and Bragi Valdimar Skúlason. Orðbragð (Forlagið: Reykjavík, 2014). [A book on the diversities and history of the Icelandic language.]

2014  Brynja Þorgeirsdóttir. Loforð um hneykslissögur. Radio episodes aired on Rás 1/The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. [Two episodes on the canonical Icelandic writer Þórbergur Þórðarson and his personal letters in Esperanto.] 

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  Brynja Þorgeirsdóttir. Sjúkdómsgreining: Ást. Radio episode aired on Rás 1/The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. [On lovesickness in the Middle Ages.] 

2012  Brynja Þorgeirsdóttir. ‘Samtal yfir tvö þúsund ár. Um tengsl Skugga-Baldurs og Ummyndana Óvíðs’. TMM, Tímarit Máls og menningar, 3/2012, pp. 42-50. [On the relationship between Sjón´s Blue Fox and Ovid´s Metamorphoses.