Jay Paul Gates graduated from Oberlin College in 1999. He took his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 and taught at Purdue University before coming to John Jay. His areas of specialization are Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse-Icelandic literature and language and the effects of Anglo-Scandinavian cultural contact (when Vikings meet clerics), especially as represented in legal rhetoric. Outside of his immediate research, he has an abiding affection for dead languages–including Old French and Old Saxon–allegory, and manuscript studies. He is currently working on a manuscript and several side projects concerning Cnut’s kingship and Anglo-Scandinavian court.
I work at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Humanities. I focus on research of cultural concepts in Old Norse texts and Nordic folklore. I have published monographs on the Sturlung Age from the perspective of cultural memory studies, on the Old Norse conceptualization of magic, and on the crossing of boundaries in the post-classical sagas of Icelanders and Icelandic folktales, as well as articles on the transformations of attitudes to fate and morality in the medieval North and on the motif of magic in Faroese ballads. I translate Old Norse, Icelandic, and Faroese texts into the Czech language.