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German & Scandinavian Studies, Deparment of Languages and Literatures

Sherrill Harbison

Sherrill Harbison

Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Studies

Contact Information

Location: Herter Hall 521
Phone: (413) 545-6685
Email: harbison[at]


Research Interests

Art and intellectual life in 19th- and 20th-century Scandinavia, Norwegian literature, Icelandic Eddas and sagas, Sigrid Undset, Knut Hamsun, the Arctic, Native American literature, American Realism, Willa Cather

Relevant Links

Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study


Ph.D. 1996, University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A. 1965, Oberlin College

Current and Recent Courses

Scandin 276: Viking Stories, Icelandic Sagas
Scandin 365: Scandinavian Mythology
Scandin 391E: Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem in Scandinavian Fiction and Film
Scandin 391P: Ultima Thule: Polar Explorations
Scandin 387H: Viking Revival: National Romanticism and the Nordic Ideal
Love and Nature in Scandinavian Writing
Writers in the American West
Seminar in Literary Studies