Maj-Britt Frenze

Maj-Britt Frenze


Year Matriculated into Ph.D. Program


Areas of Interest

Literatures of Medieval England and Scandinavia / Literary Landscapes / Romance / Fantastical Narratives


B.A. University of Virginia; M.T.S. University of Notre Dame; M.M.S. University of Notre Dame


My dissertation, tentatively titled “Landscapes of Romance: The Transmission of Symbolic Spaces in Medieval England and Scandinavia,” examines the ways in which significant landscapes of French romances (such as the garden, the forest, and the wasteland) were translated and transmitted into new literary and cultural contexts in Middle English and Old Norse literature.

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • "Holy Heights in the Anglo-Saxon Imagination: Guthlac's beorg and Sacred Death" (forthcoming in the Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 9,700 words)
  • “'Wher rydestow, under this grene-wode shawe?' Traces of the Greenwood in The Canterbury Tales.” Paper presented at the Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting (April 2017)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award, awarded by the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at Notre Dame (April 2017)
  • Summer Language Abroad Grant, awarded by the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures at Notre Dame, to attend the Modern Icelandic Course organized by the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies (Summer 2017)
  • Instructor of Record: Travels to Medieval Holy Lands, Otherworlds, and New Worlds (Spring 2017)