Merrill Kaplan

Merrill Kaplan

Merrill Kaplan

Assistant Professor of English

614 247-8061

464 Denney Hall
164 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Old Norse-Icelandic literature
  • History of folklore studies
  • Myth and mythography
  • British fascination with the medieval North
  • Legend and folk belief
  • Scandinavian National Romanticism
  • Medieval Iceland and Scandinavia


  • PhD, 2006, University of California, Berkeley

Specializations: Old Norse-Icelandic literature, folklore on and off the Internet, and nineteenth-century Norwegian literature and culture.

Articles on: Irruptions of the past and the supernatural in Icelandic sagas; Out-Thoring Thor in the Great Saga of Olaf Tryggvason; Ibsen's Dramatic Realism and the publication of folklore collections; The Icelandic reception of Ibsen's The Vikings at Helgeland.

Major courses taught: Nordic Mythology; The Medieval Icelandic Saga; Legend; Myth; Old Norse-Icelandic Language