Adam J. Carl

    Adam J. Carl

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Adam J. Carl has had a lifelong fascination for Norse mythology, and was frequently unsatisfied with the subject’s treatment by coffee-table books. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in the Scandinavian Department after studying at The Ohio State University and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. During his coursework, Adam discovered an interest in philology (Indo-European and Finno-Ugric), variations and performances of texts in oral tradition, and gendered performances in Norse literature. His previous research at Ohio State has attempted to locate feminine agency in Old Norse myths and legends, in response to Carol Clover’s work on the Icelandic Sagas. This interest led to his study of some archaeological material from Norse Greenland, Birka, and various Danish digs in order to understand the daily life of the culture producing folkloric texts. Interart theory has also played a role in his past research at the University of Copenhagen, as Norse textile production plays a significant role in the mythology and legends. Though he has spun, woven, and carded, he tries (sometimes successfully) to look to modern, not medieval, Scandinavian fashion.