Scott A. Mellor, Ph.D.

mellor, s..pngScott A. Mellor, Ph.D. (Lecturer, Scandinavian Studies, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison)



5.11 – The Viking Gods (4.12.13)



Languages: High Proficiency: Swedish Reading and Communication Skills: Danish, French, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish Reading Languages: Gothic, Latin, Middle English, Old English, Old High German, Old Norse

Research/Language Interests: Scandinavian Studies, Folklore Studies, Medieval Studies, Medival through 19th century literature

Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992-99 Ph.D. in Advanced Folklore Studies Dissertation: “Function and Formula: An Analysis of Ten Poems from the Codex Regius.” University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989-1992 Department of Scandinavian Studies Master of Arts Degree in Scandinavian Linguistics University of Minnesota, 1987-88 Department of Applied Linguistics English as a Second Language Teaching University of Minnesota, 1983-84, 1986-87 Department of Linguistics Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics Goethe Institute; Staufen, BRD, 1984-85 German Language and Literature

Affiliated Departments: Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies; Religions Studies; Medieval Studies

Undergraduate Courses: Lit Trans 235 “World of the Sagas” Scand 261 Third Year Swedish Lit Trans 275/Scand 475 “Hans Christian Andersen” Lit Trans 271/Scand 373 “Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature: 800-1890” Scand 401 “Contemporary Scandinavian Languages” Scand 411/INTLST 310 “Areas in Scandinavian Literature” Scand 424/Lit Trans 337 “19th Century Scandinavian Literature” Scand 429/Folk/Relig-Mediev-LitTrans 342 “Mythology of Scandinavia” Scand 430/Medieval 430 “The Vikings” Scand 433/Lit Trans-Folk-Mediev 345 “Scandinavian Tale and Ballad” Scand 435 “The Icelandic Saga” Folklore 460 “Folk Epics” ILS 157 Bradley Roundtable (various topics)

Graduate Courses: Scand 415 “History of Scandinavian Languages II” Scand 433 “Scandinavian Tale and Ballad” Scand 429 “Mythology of Scandinavia” 720 Topic in Depth “Language Teaching Methods” Scand 901 “Oral Theory”

About Me: I have been at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since September 1989. I started with an interest in Historical Scandinavian Linguistics, which has grown to a general interest in medieval Scandinavia. My dissertation was written on the transition from orality to literacy in Scandinavia, dealing mostly with Codex Regius. The Dissertation title is Function and Formula: An Analysis of Ten Poems from the Codex Regius. My research interests currently consist of Oral Theory and The Volsunga Saga, I have just completed an article and translation on Saint Ansgar and his mission to Sweden and finally HC Andersen’s use of Romantic era flower language in his texts and “The Little Mermaid”. I am currently working on a project on the folk life on the Åland islands. I am currently the Norden House Faculty Director, the Scandinavian language floor with the International Learning Community, and a faculty fellow for the Bradley Learning community. I have created several distance education course; one for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The Vikings; I worked with Niels Ingwersen on a DVD set for the distance course The Tale of Hans Christian Andersen; and Susan Brantly on a distance course on 19th Century Scandinavian Literature. I am also currently a member of the Humanities Council of Wisconsin’s Speakers Bureau. [1]




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