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6. The Contributors (MCR)
Hannah Burrows is a Lecturer in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Aberdeen, and an Honorary Associate of the Medieval and Early Modern Centre, The University of Sydney. Her research interests and publications focus on Old Norse literature and culture, including riddles, poetry and literary-legal relations. She is Bibliography Editor for Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages.
Margaret Clunies Ross is an Emeritus Professor of English and Honorary Professor in the Medieval and Early Modern Centre of The University of Sydney. She is also an Honorary Research Associate of the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Humanities within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide. Among her recent publications are A History of Old Norse Poetry and Poetics (2005, paperback 2011), The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse-Icelandic Saga (2010) and (with Jonas Wellendorf) The Fourth Grammatical Treatise (2014). She is one of the General Editors of Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages and Volume Editor of SkP VII and VIII.
Kari Ellen Gade is Provost Professor of Germanic Studies and Adjunct Professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the author of The Structure of Old Norse Dróttkvætt Poetry (1995) and (with Theodore M. Andersson) Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157) (2000). Her research interests are in Old Norse language, literature, culture and history, together with Germanic Philology and metrics. She is one of the General Editors of Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages and Volume Editor of SkP II and (in collaboration with Edith Marold) SkP III.
Richard L. Harris is Professor of Old English and Old Icelandic in the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan, where he has worked since 1973. He first undertook research on Hjálmþés saga in the mid-1960s when editing that saga at Háskóli Íslands. He published A Chorus of Grammars. The Correspondence of George Hickes and his Collaborators on the Thesaurus Linguarum Septentrionalium (1992) and, for the past decade, has studied paroemiological approaches to the reading of the Old Icelandic sagas (see ‘‘Jafnan segir inn ríkri ráð’: Proverbial Allusion and the Implied Proverb in Fóstbrœðra saga’ in New Norse Studies: Essays on the Literature and Culture of Medieval Scandinavia (2015). His Concordance to the Proverbs and Proverbial Materials of the Old Icelandic Sagas can be accessed online.
Wilhelm Heizmann is Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. His research and teaching interests are in the fields of Old Norse-Icelandic literature, Germanic mythology and religion, Germanic antiquity studies, runology, medieval medical and botanical literature, and late antique and medieval iconography. His publications include Wörterbuch der Pflanzennamen im Altwestnordischen (1993), (with Rudolf Simek) Mythological Women: Studies in Memory of Lotte Motz 1922-1997 (2002), (with Heinrich Beck and Klaus Böldl) Analecta Septentrionalia: Beiträge zur nordgermanischen Kultur- und Literaturgeschichte (2009) and (with Morten Axboe) Die Goldbrakteaten der Völkerwanderungzeit – Auswertung und Neufunde (2011).
Peter Jorgensen is Emeritus Professor of Germanic Languages and Linguistics at the University of Georgia. His research has focused on the editing and translating of Old Norse texts, (e.g. Tristrams saga ok Isöndar, exempla from Middle English and Latin sources), the Bear’s Son Folktale, Icelandic saga forgeries, computer-assisted instruction in German, linguistics, and medieval German pilgrimage literature. His publications include The Story of Jonatas (1997), Valla-Ljóts Saga (1991) and most recently ‘The Life of St. Basil in Iceland’, Gripla (2015).
Beatrice La Farge is Research Associate for the project Edda-Kommentar at the Institut für Skandinavistik, University of Frankfurt. She is one of the authors of the multi-volume Kommentar zu den Liedern der Edda (1996-) and, with John Tucker, author of Glossary to the Poetic Edda (1992).
Philip Lavender is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Gothenburg, where his research project is a study of saga forgery in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he studied English Literature and Medieval Studies (BA 2004, MPhil 2006), and was awarded a PhD at the University of Copenhagen (2015) for a study of Illuga saga Gríðarfóstra. His research interests include legendary and romantic sagas, post-medieval rímur, Scandinavian intellectual history and the reception of Nordic literature. Some of these interests were taken up in a recent research project at the University of Copenhagen on the reception of Saxo Grammaticus’ work in post-Reformation Iceland funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.
Rory McTurk is Professor Emeritus of Icelandic Studies at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Studies in Ragnars saga loðbrókar and its Major Scandinavian Analogues (1991) and of Chaucer and the Norse and Celtic Worlds (2005). He is the editor of the Blackwell Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture (2005) and has published numerous articles on Old Norse-Icelandic literature and related subjects.
Russell Poole is Distinguished University Professor, emeritus, in the Department of English at Western University (University of Western Ontario), Canada. His research centres upon skaldic and other medieval poetry in Scandinavia and the British Isles. His publications include Viking Poems on War and Peace (1991), Old English Wisdom Poetry (1998), and the edited volume Skaldsagas (2000). He has also collaborated in two co-edited volumes: Verbal Encounters: Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse studies for Roberta Frank (2004), with Antonina Harbus, and Egil the Viking Poet (2015), with Laurence De Looze, Jón Karl Helgason and Torfi H. Tulinius. He is current Editor-in-Chief of Viking and Medieval Scandinavia.
Hubert Seelow retired recently from the Professorship of Scandinavian Studies (Nordische Philologie) in the Department of German and Comparative Studies of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg). His research interests and publications focus on medieval and post-medieval Icelandic manuscripts and literature. He has published a text edition of Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka (1981) and is author of Die isländischen Übersetzungen der Deutschen Volksbücher (1989).
†Desmond Slay (1927-2004), much of whose academic life was spent at the University of Aberystwyth, was a philologist whose meticulous studies of Icelandic texts and manuscripts included a study of the manuscript tradition of Hrólfs saga kraka and a diplomatic edition of that saga (both 1960), as well as facsimile editions of several important codices, including the Codex Scardensis (Skarðsbók), whose whereabouts in Britain he was instrumental in discovering.
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