Mr Jonathan Hui, Corpus Christi

Degree: PhD
Course: ASNC
Supervisor: Dr J Quinn

Biographical Information

I did my undergraduate degree in English Literature at Durham University, before completing an MPhil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. I am now in the third year of my PhD, which examines the portrayal of Gautland (modern-day Götaland in southern Sweden) in the Old Norse fornaldarsögur (mythic-heroic sagas), particularly the three medieval Gautasögur.

My completed side projects are: an edition and English translation of Vilmundar saga viðutan; and tracking the development of the Cinderella tale in Old Norse literature (cf. my entry on Vilmundar saga in the online Cinderella bibliography, edited by Russell Peck; a fuller discussion on this will appear in the introduction to my edition of Vilmundar saga). Current side projects include: an English translation of Samsons saga fagra; cataloguing a 'fornaldarsaga bestiary'; analysis of artificial genealogical connections in fornaldarsögur (medieval and postmedieval); network analysis of the corpora of fornaldarsögur and riddarasögur; and narratological mapping of character-based generic markers.

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the development of literary patterns in relation to cultures and societies. Some of my specific interests include:
  • Dream theory
  • Fairy tales (at the moment AT 410, 'The Sleeping Beauty', in particular)
  • Founding myths
  • Medieval romance
  • Network theory
  • Old Norse literature (especially the Icelandic legendary and romance sagas, both medieval and postmedieval)
  • Systems theory
  • Theories of genre

Areas of Supervision

  • Old English language and literature
  • Old Norse language and literature

Selected Publications

Vilmundar saga viðutan: The Saga of Vilmundur the Outsider, ed. and trans. J. Y. H. Hui (London: Viking Society for Northern Research, forthcoming)

'Bad Beef and Mad Cow Disease in Bósa saga ok Herrauðs', Scandinavian Studies (forthcoming)

'Cinderella in Old Norse Literature', Folklore (forthcoming)