Natalie Van Deusen, PhD

Associate Chair(Undergraduate), Faculty of Arts - Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Dept
Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Dept
Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - History, Classics, & Religion Dept

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Contact

Associate Chair(Undergraduate), Faculty of Arts - Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Dept
Email
vandeuse@ualberta.ca

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Dept
Email
vandeuse@ualberta.ca

Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - History, Classics, & Religion Dept
Email
vandeuse@ualberta.ca

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Old Norse-Icelandic; Medieval Studies; Hagiography; Disability Studies


About

I received my PhD in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. My doctoral research focused on Old Norse paleography and philology, and my dissertation was a new study on and edition of the Old Norse legend of Martha and Mary Magdalen. I hold the inaugural Henry Cabot and Linnea Lodge Scandinavian Professorship in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta, where I serve as Associate Chair (Undergraduate) and Program Advisor for Scandinavian, Norwegian, and Swedish. I am also Adjunct Associate Professor in Religious Studies in the Department of History & Classics.

I am Past President of the Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada. I also serve as Editor for Scandinavian-Canadian Studies / Études scandinaves au Canada

I live in Edmonton with my spouse and our two children. When I'm not on campus, you can find me with them, or teaching group exercise and spinning classes at the gym.


Research

My research interests include Old Norse-Icelandic paleography and philology, manuscript culture, hagiography and religious literature (poetry and prose), and women's and gender studies. I have published articles and book reviews in such venues as Scandinavian Studies, Journal for English and Germanic Philology, Speculum, Scandinavian-Canadian Studies, Arthuriana, Arkiv för nordisk filologi, and Maal og minne. In 2014, I was awarded a Killam Research Fund award from the University of Alberta to conduct archival research for a book I have since co-written and published with Professor Kirsten Wolf (UW-Madison), entitled The Saints in Old Norse and Early Modern Icelandic Poetry. I have also published a detailed study, edition, and translation of the history, cults, and legends of Martha and Mary Magdalen in medieval Iceland with the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. I recently completed a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant in which I examined early modern poetry on famous (and infamous) women from the Bible, history, saga literature, as well as saints and their function; this work resulted in a number of articles and article-length editions of previously unedited (and in some cases, undiscovered) poems, a co-edited volume, and a near-complete monograph on the post-Reformation poetic tradition surrounding St. Agnes of Rome. I also hold a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for a new research project, entitled "'Completely Healed': Miracles, Cures, and Constructions of Disability in the Old Norse-Icelandic Sagas of Bishops." At present, I am excerpting and analyzing instances in which individuals in these sagas seek healing and are “healed” of various visible and invisible ailments in order to determine how medieval Christian Icelanders perceived and constructed the disability in relation to the body and mind.


Teaching

I teach a variety of courses on Nordic history, literature, and culture from the Middle Ages to the present. I also supervise graduate students in MLCS and History, Classics, and Religion.

Announcements

Currently accepting graduate students in MLCS and History, Classics, and Religion.

Courses

MLCS 799 - Candidacy Colloquium

Preparation for the candidacy exam. This is a pass/ fail course. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

Winter Term 2022

NORSE 111 - Beginners' Old Norse I

Elements of Old Norse grammar and reading of simple texts.

Fall Term 2022

NORSE 112 - Beginners' Old Norse II

A continuation of NORSE 111. Prerequisite: NORSE 111 or consent of Department.

Winter Term 2023

RELIG 580 - Directed Reading Course I

Prerequisite: consent of Department.

Winter Term 2022

SCAND 342 - The Vikings

Survey of the cultural and literary history of the Viking and Medieval periods in Scandinavia with selections in English from primary sources. Note: Taught in English.

Winter Term 2022

SCAND 343 - Scandinavia Through Folklore

An exploration of Scandinavian folk literature as an expression of the human experience from pre-industrial to contemporary Scandinavia. Taught in English.

Fall Term 2022

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Publications

"Mapping Hagiographical Literature in Medieval and Early Modern Iceland"

Author(s): Van Deusen, Natalie M. and Wolf, Kirsten
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Turnhout: Brepols
Volume: Faith and Knowledge in Late Medieval and Early Modern Scandinavia, ed. Mikael Males and Karoline Kjesrud
Page Numbers: 97-122
External Link: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503579009-1

The Saga of the Sister Saints: The Legend of Martha and Mary Magdalen in Old Norse-Icelandic Translation

Author(s): Van Deusen, Natalie M.
Publication Date: 2/1/2019
Publication: Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
External Link: https://pims.ca/publication/isbn-978-0-88844-214-7/

“A Miracle of St. Sunniva in AM 764 4to”

Author(s): Natalie M. Van Deusen
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Journal of English and Germanic Philology
Volume: 117
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 235-43
External Link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/jenglgermphil.117.2.0235

“In Praise of Women: An Edition of ‘Sprundahrós.’

Author(s): Natalie M. Van Deusen
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Gripla
Volume: XXVIII
Page Numbers: 197-225

The Saints in Old Norse and Early Modern Icelandic Poetry

Author(s): Kirsten Wolf and Natalie M. Van Deusen
Publication Date: 2017
External Link: https://utorontopress.com/ca/the-saints-in-old-norse-and-early-modern-icelandic-poetry-1

“‘Doubleday affaren’: On the Rejection of Sigrid Undset’s Caterina av Siena”

Author(s): Natalie M. Van Deusen
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Scandinavian Studies
Volume: 87
Issue: 3
External Link: http://www.academia.edu/22755927/_Doubleday_affaren_On_the_Rejection_of_Sigrid_Undset_s_Caterina_av_Siena._

“Sworn Sisterhood? On the (Near-) Absence of Female Friendship in the Íslendingasǫgur”

Author(s): Natalie M. Van Deusen
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Scandinavian Studies
Volume: 86
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 52-71
External Link: http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/scandinavian_studies/v086/86.1.van-deusen.html

“The Dominican Connection: Some Comments on the Sources, Provenance, and Authorship of Mǫrtu saga ok Maríu Magðalenu.”

Author(s): Natalie M. Van Deusen
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Journal of English and Germanic Philology
Volume: 113
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 206-221
External Link: http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/journal_of_english_and_germanic_philology/v113/113.2.van-deusen.html

"The Matter of blár in Tristrams kvæði."

Author(s): Natalie M. Van Deusen
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Arthuriana
Volume: 22
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 109-117
External Link: https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/arthuriana/v022/22.1.van-deusen.pdf

“‘Inn besti hlutr’? Martha of Bethany and Women’s Roles in Medieval Iceland.”

Author(s): Natalie M. Van Deusen
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Arkiv för nordisk filologi
Volume: 126
Page Numbers: 73-91
External Link: http://www.academia.edu/1328989/_Inn_besti_hlutr_Martha_of_Bethany_and_Women_s_Roles_in_Medieval_Iceland_

“Stitches in the Margins: The Embroidery Pattern in AM 235 fol.”

Author(s): Natalie M. Van Deusen
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Maal og minne
Volume: 103
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 26-42
External Link: http://ojs.novus.no/index.php/MOM/article/view/517

The Saga of the Sister Saints: The Legend of Martha and Mary Magdalen in Old Norse-Icelandic Translation

Author(s): Natalie M. Van Deusen
External Link: https://pims.ca/publication/isbn-978-0-88844-214-7/