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Gantt Gurley

Department of German and Scandinavian
1250 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1250

office: (541) 346-4055
facsimile: (541) 346-4126
email: gantt@uoregon.edu



University of Oregon, Department of German and Scandinavian, Assistant Professor, 2011–Present

University of Oregon, Department of German and Scandinavian, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2009–2011

Harvard University, Center for Jewish Studies, Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica, 2008–09

University of California, Berkeley Lecturer in Scandinavian, 2007–08



Ph.D, Danish, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Scandinavian, 2007

Guest Scholar, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Georg Brandes Skolen, Fall 2004

M.A., Medieval Icelandic, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Scandinavian, 2002

B.A., Economics, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 1994



Meïr Aaron Goldschmidt and the Poetics of Prose
Karin Sanders (chair), Joseph Duggan, and Linda Rugg



The Jewish Novel and Novel Theory
Folklore and Identity
Biblical Narrative
Storytelling and Song Culture
Codicology and Paleography
Northern European Jewry
Old Norse Literature and Mythology
Religiosity and Long Romanticism
Poetry and Poetics
Comparative Epic, Lyric, and Romance



Ancient: Greek, Avestan, Sanskrit, Hittite, Latin, Hebrew
Medieval: Old Norse, Old English, Old French, Occitan, Middle Irish
Modern: Danish, Norwegian, German, French, Portuguese



University of Oregon

  • SCAN 259: The Twilight of the Icelandic Family Saga
  • SCAN 325: Scandinavia Beyond: Literary Identity and Storytelling
  • SCAN 340: The Hero and the Monster in Medieval Germanic Literature
  • SCAN 340: Medieval Germanic Romance
  • SCAN 340: Norse Mythology
  • SCAN 341: Modernity and the Janus of Subjectivity
  • SCAN 352: The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
  • SCAN 354: The Scandinavian Novel: The Decadent and the Disillusioned
  • SCAN 399: Advanced Scandinavian Language and Linguistics
  • SCAN 399: Old Norse
  • SCAN 407/507: From Adam (Trask) to Noah (Glazer): Literary Imagination and Primeval History
  • SCAN 407/507: The Legend of the Wandering Jew
  • SCAN 407/507: The Early Jewish Novel



Meïr Aaron Goldschmidt and the Poetics of Prose (book manuscript under review, Northwestern University Press)
Untitled joint book project on Rabbinic Tales in the 18th and 19th centuries
Untitled book project on the Legend of the Wandering Jew
“How the Golem Came to Prague,” (submitted, 2011)
“Hans Christian Andersen and Oral Tradition, submitted, 2011)
“Who Really Was the First Jewish Novelist?” (submitted, 2011)



“Rabbi Loew’s Golem Before Leopold Weisel,” University of Oregon, May 2010
“Goldschmidt and the Golem,” SASS, 2010
“Meïr Aaron Goldschmidt and the Birth of Jewish Realism,” Center for Judaic Studies, Harvard University, April, 2009
“H.C. Andersen’s Ahusveras: In the Skin of a Jew,” AJS, 2008
“Meïr Aaron Goldschmidt: The First Jewish Novelist?” Center for Jewish Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz, May 2008
Bildung, Prophecy, and Disruption in Meïr Goldschmidt’s Novel A Jew,” Scandinavian Studies Department, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2006
“Meïr Goldschmidt and the Poetics of Talmudic Allusion,” (SASS), UCLA, 2003
“Heretical Midrash in Meïr Goldschmidt’s novel A Jew,” Georg Brandes Skolen, University of Copenhagen, 2004



Fernström Fellowship for project “Meïr Goldschmidt and the Poetics of Prose,” 2003–04
Fernström Summer Fellowship for project entitled “Den Thottske Samling, Codicology, and Questions of Bibliophilia in 18th century Denmark,” 2003
Medieval Studies Grant-in-Aid Award for project “The Copenhagen Chansonnier,” 2001
Graduate Student Instructor Course Improvement Grant, 1998
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Persian, 1997–98
Chris Callahan Award for Excellence in Classical Greek and Sanskrit, 1993
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar Award for project “Fantasy and Progress: An Organic Portrayal of the Phoenician Empire,” 1993
Maria Rosa Award for High Ideals in Economics, 1993