Research Interests: Old Norse-Icelandic literature and culture; the Íslendingasögur (Sagas of Icelanders); emotion theory; sexuality and gender studies; Old Norse mythic tradition.
Doctoral Research: My thesis analyses the literary construction of anger as an ‘emotional practice’ in the saga-society of the Old Norse-Icelandic Íslendingasögur (Sagas of Icelanders) and their accompanying þættir (tales). Drawing and expanding on Monique Scheer’s Bourdieuian framework, I argue that saga-society consists of various emotional ideals which structure and are structured by unique ‘emotional practices’. Interrogating instances of mobilising, naming, communicating, and regulating emotion, my chapters address anger’s relationship with masculinity, femininity, sovereignty, and the monstrous, in turn. The thesis also considers other intersections, elucidating anger’s relationship with age, social rank, and ethnicity, and how it functions as a narrative stimulus and catalyst.