Maj-Britt Frenze

Maj-Britt Frenze


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

Year of Matriculation



Areas of Interest

Literatures and Languages of Medieval England, France, and Scandinavia / Literary Landscapes / Romance


My research examines cultural exchange and textual transmission between France, England, and Scandinavia during the later medieval period, roughly 1100-1500. I focus particularly on original romances and legendary narratives produced in England and Scandinavia in the thirteenth through fifteenth centuries, works which reflect the influence of French romance, but which also reveal their own idiomatic inflections of the substance, ethics, and generic conventions of the romance. My dissertation, “Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Romance: Translation and Transmission in England and Scandinavia,” examines the transmission of motifs involving nature and the supernatural into new cultural contexts.

Recent Scholarly Activity

Recipient of the 2019-20 Schallek Fellowship, a dissertation completion fellowship awarded to one dissertation on late medieval Britain by the Medieval Academy of America in collaboration with Richard III Society-American Branch.

Peer Reviewed Article: “Holy Heights in the Anglo-Saxon Imagination: Guthlac’s beorg and Sacred Death,” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 117.3 (2018): 315-342.

Instructor of Record: Tolkien's Mythologies and Monsters: The Medieval English Roots of Middle Earth (Spring 2018); Medieval Travels to Holy Lands, Otherworlds, and New Worlds (Spring 2017)

Center for the Study of Language and Culture Award to support language study at the Modern Icelandic Summer School at the Háskóli Íslands in Reykjavík, Iceland (Summer 2017)

Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award, awarded by the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning (Spring 2017)