Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir

Senior Research Lecturer (UK) - Associate Research Professor (USA)
Manuscripts department
Email:
svanhildur.oskarsdottir [at] arnastofnun.is
Work phone:
(+354) 525 4012
Location:
Árnagarður
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Head of the Manuscript department.
Research interests: Late medieval and early modern manuscript culture; Universal history, the ms. AM 764 4to; Bible translations; The manuscripts of Njáls saga.

Participates in the NOS-HS funded research project Retracing the Reformation. The dissemination of the Bible in Medieval Scandinavian Culture (PI: Karl Gunnar Johansson, Oslo University).

 

Other activity 

Co-ordinator of the Arnamagnæan summer school in manuscript studies [http://www.arnamagnaean.org]

Member of the International Saga Society Advisory Board.

Employment history: 

2011– Head of the Manuscript department, Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies.
2003– Senior research lecturer at the Árni Magnússon Institute.
2201–2003 Research lecturer at the Árni Magnússon Institute.
1999– Part-time lecturer in Icelandic and Medieval Studies at the University of Iceland (courses on palaeography, textual criticism, universal history, late medieval literature).
1999–2001 Temporary research position at the Árni Magnússon Institute.
1993–1999 Halldór Laxness Lecturer in Icelandic literature and language at University College London (Department of Scandinavian Studies).

 

Education: 

2000 PhD in Scandinavian Studies. University College London. Title of dissertation: Universal history in fourteenth-century Iceland: Studies in AM 764 4to.

1990– 1993 Further studies in Scandinavian medieval literature at the University of Iceland and the University of Copenhagen.

1989 MA in Medieval Studies. University of Toronto, Canada.

1988 BA in Icelandic with Philosophy. University of Iceland.

Publications 

2015. 66 manuscripts from the Arnamagnæan Collection. Copenhagen: The Arnamagnæan Institute/Department of Nordic Research, The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Museum Tusculanum Press. [With Matthew James Driscoll.]

2014. Við upptök Njálu. Þormóðsbók—AM 162 B δ fol. Góssið hans Árna. Minningar heimsins í íslenskum handritum. Ed. Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir. Reykjavík: Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, 160–169. [With Ludger Zeevaert.]

2014. Flateyjarbækur. Af Guðrúnu Ögmundsdóttur og öðrum bókavinum Árna Magnússonar í Flatey. Handritasyrpa. Rit til heiðurs Sigurgeiri Steingrímssyni sjötugum 2. október 2013. Ed. Rósa Þorsteinsdóttir. Reykjavík: Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, 65–83.

2012–. WikiSaga. Egils saga and Njáls saga with an annotated bibliography. https://wikisaga.hi.is/. [With Jón Karl Helgason.]

2012. Expanding horizons: Recent trends in Old Norse-Icelandic manuscript studies. New Medieval Literatures 14. Eds. Rita Copeland et al. Turnhout: Brepols, 203–223.

2012. The resourceful scribe. Some aspects of the development of Reynistaðarbók (AM 764 4to). Tradition and the individual talent: Modes of authorship in the Middle Ages. Eds. Slavica Rankovic et al. Toronto: Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies, 325–342.

Complete list of publications and lectures; SÓ.docx

 

Lectures 

2014. Clontarf and the shaping of Njáls saga. Ireland and the Wider World (Writing History: Battles and the Shaping of the North Atlantic World I). Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, 5 December.

2014. „Gaudrángur Islendskur texte, and óaccurat Svensk version þar hiá.“ Islandske håndskrifter i svenske hænder – and Árni Magnússon. Isländsk saga blir svensk historia under stormaktstiden. Uppsala Universitet, 7 November.

2013. Scandinavian manuscripts. An introduction to the manuscript collection of the Árni Magnússon Institute. Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 21 October.

2013. Skin deep? — Six arnamagnæan beauties. The World of Manuscripts, Nordic House, Reykjavík, 12 October. [With Matthew Driscoll.]

2013. Breytileiki Njáls sögu. Hugvísindaþing, University of Iceland, 15 March.

2012. Wringing hands: Some thoughts on scribes and scribal agency in Northwest Iceland in the fourteenth century. Strengleikar — Medieval studies seminar, University of Iceland, 25 October.

2012. Breta sögur: The transmission of Historia regum Britanniae in Iceland. L’Historia regum Britanniae de Geoffroy de Monmouth et les Bruts en Europe: Traductions, adaptions et réappropriations (XIIe–XVIe siècle). Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, 26 September.

2012. The scholar in the age of Wikipedia: Some thoughts on hierarchies. Keynote paper. Forntiden i framtiden. A conference organised by RJ’s områdesgrupp för forskning om förmodernitet. Sigtuna, Sweden, 24 August.

2012. The Variance of Njáls saga. Fifteenth International Saga Conference, Århus, 7 August.

2012. Literary horizons in fourteenth-century Iceland: Reynistaðarbók, its makers and readers. Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe. University of Kansas City–Missouri. 5 June.

2012. On the δ–fragment of Njáls saga. Medieval Scandinavian Seminar, University College London, 8 May.

2012. Við upptök Njálu: AM 162 B δ fol. Góssið hans Árna: Erindaröð um valin handrit úr safni Árna Magnússonar. Culture House, Reykjavík, 21 March. [With Ludger Zeevaert.]

2012. Keeping the flame alive: Promoting the Arnamagnæan Collection in Iceland. Autour de la Collection Arnamagnéenne: 
Expériences dans les domaines de la conservation, de la valorisation et de l’exploitation du patrimoine écrit. Journée d’étude CRAHAM-ERLIS. Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, 3 February.

2011. Touching the past: The challenge of mediating cultural heritage. Keynote paper. IVA 2011 — 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents. Reykjavík University, 15 September.

2011. Helgar meyjar. Þriðja þing Rikinis, félags um fornan tónlistararf. Hólar in Hjaltadalur, 26 August. [With Rósa Þorsteinsdóttir.]

2011. Egill’s afterlife: The seventeenth-century reworkings of Egils saga. The Hyperborean Muse. Scandinavian literatures of the Middle Ages and European culture from the 16th to the 20th century. Contacts, cross-fertilization, plagiarism. Università degli Studi di Verona, 15 April.

2011. Martyrs and manuscripts: Textual relations between Rome and Iceland. Università Pontificia San Tommaso, Rome, 5 March.

2011. Silly? Egils saga in the seventeenth century. Centre for Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Bergen, 18 February.

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