Michael Lawson

    Michael Lawson

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  • Office hours: Fall 2021: TBA

Michael Lawson is a first-year PhD student in both the Department of Scandinavian and Medieval Studies. He received his B.A. in Education and M.A. in History from East Tennessee State University in 2017 and 2019. His thesis was entitled “Children of a One-Eyed God: Impairment in the Myth and Memory of Medieval Scandinavia” and focused on the body as a conceptual space in the literature of medieval Iceland. He completed his second M.A. in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures at Berkeley in the Spring of 2021. He has taught R&C classes on topics such as legendary heroes in Icelandic literature and their modern-day comic book analogues, dreams and the night in Nordic film and literature, and—most recently—the romance-laden adventures of the warrior-poets in the Íslendingasögur. His research interests span several medieval literary genres, focusing specifically on Arthurian legends in Middle Welsh and Old French, the works of Chrétien de Troyes and Marie de France, and their translations, adaptations, and imitations by medieval Norwegian and Icelandic scribes. It is in this final branch, the indigenous romances of medieval Iceland, that he wishes to focus his future academic pursuits.