Matthew Roby is a specialist in medieval literature. He received his B.A. and B.Ed. from Queen’s University, Canada and his M.St. and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, UK. His doctoral thesis was entitled ‘Troll Sex: Youth, Old Age, and the Erotic in Old Norse-Icelandic Narratives of the Supernatural’, and studied how depictions of witches, ghosts, and other trolls can shine a light on the sexual ideology of medieval Iceland.
He recently completed one year of a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Iceland, and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto in Canada, where his project examines representations of sexual consent and rape in the medieval Icelandic romance sagas.
He has published on Old English and Old Norse-Icelandic literatures, on topics including emotion, sexuality, and monstrosity.