Ian Thompson

    Ian Thompson

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Ian began studying Scandinavian at the University of Washington, where he completed degrees in Danish language and History. Ian joined the Berkeley Scandinavian department in the fall of 2009 and has pursued study in modern Danish, medieval and early-modern Scandinavia, and the intersections of history and literature. In addition to coursework in the Scandinavian department, Ian is also pursuing a Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early-Modern Studies. Ian has also studied at Aarhus University and Copenhagen University in Denmark, as well as interning at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg castle in Hillerød, Denmark. At present, Ian is writing a dissertation on the reception history of the 13th-century, Latin-language Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus, moving from the first medieval manuscript to print, translation, and finally commentary in the 17th century. In this reception study, Ian highlights questions about the Renaissance (or renaissances), book history, and authorship.