Matthew James Driscoll

Matthew James Driscoll


Fields of interest

Icelandic language and literature in general, textual scholarship, book history, manuscript studies.

Current research

My research interests include manuscript and textual studies, particularly in the area of Old and Early-Modern Icelandic. I am currently working on a book-length study of the scribes Magnús Jónsson í Tjaldanesi (1835-1922) and Guðbrandur Sturlaugsson á Hvítadal (1820-1897), both from the Breiðafjörður region of western Iceland.

Another major project, now recently completed, has been Stories for all time: The Icelandic Fornaldarsagas, a four-year research project funded by the Velux Foundation the aim of which is to survey the entire transmission history of the Fornaldarsögur Norðurlanda. The project's chief deliverable is an electronic catalogue of all the manuscripts in which Fornaldarsaga texts are found, containing information on their format and layout, the other texts they contain and, where known, when, where and for and/or by whom they were written.

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