Merrill Kaplan

Merrill Kaplan

Merrill Kaplan

Associate Professor of Folklore and Scandinavian Studies

614 247-8061

464 Denney Hall
164 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Old Norse-Icelandic literature
  • Folklore
  • Nineteenth-century Norwegian literature and culture


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (2006)

Merrill Kaplan specializes in Old Norse-Icelandic myth and literature, supernatural legend and folk belief, and the places these categories intersect.

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
  • Folklore Genres