Academic Staff

      Jonathan York Heng Hui


      PhD, University of Cambridge
      Presidential Post-doctoral Fellow, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences


      Jonathan obtained his BA in English Literature at the University of Durham, and his MPhil and PhD in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge. His research interests lie in the broad genre of chivalric romance, particularly with regard to the construction and memorialisation of the past, as well as the development and transmission of motifs, ideas and themes within and beyond the genre. His publications have delved into issues of mythology, historical folklore, textual criticism and genre, among other dimensions, and some of his recent work can be found in Folklore and Scandinavian Studies. He also has an interest in developing digital resources, regarding which more details will be added below in due course as individual projects progress.

      His current research project seeks to explore the poetics of the historical romance, employing comparative approaches to examine the fiction of Jin Yong (金庸) alongside the British tradition, which includes authors such as Walter Scott, William Morris and J. R. R. Tolkien. He is currently in the process of producing, in his spare time, an English-language translation of Jin Yong’s The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (天龍八部).


      Room 214, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
      Tel: (852) 3917-4814
      Fax: (852) 2559-6143



      Ed. and trans., Vilmundar saga viðutan: The Saga of Vilmundur the Outsider (London: Viking Society for Northern Research, forthcoming​)

      Book Chapters

      With T. Grant, ‘Between Myths and Legends: The Guises of Goðmundr of Glæsisvellir’, in Margins, Monsters, Deviants: Alterities in Old Norse Literature and Culture, ed. R. Merkelbach and G. Knight (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming 2020), pp. 69–98

      Journal Articles

      ‘New Analogical Evidence for Cymbeline’s Folkloric Composition in the Medieval Icelandic Ála flekks saga’, Shakespeare Survey 74 (forthcoming 2021)

      With Brynja Þorgeirsdóttir, F. Colombo, K. A. Haley-Halinski and J. McIntosh, ‘Jóns saga leiksveins: A Text and Translation’, New Norse Studies 1 (forthcoming 2020)

      With C. Ellis, J. McIntosh and K. M. Olley, ‘Ála flekks saga: A Snow White Variant from Late Medieval Iceland’, Leeds Studies in English 49 (2018), 45–64

      With C. Ellis, J. McIntosh, K. M. Olley, W. Norman and K. Anderson, ‘Ála flekks saga: An Introduction, Text and Translation’, Leeds Studies in English 49 (2018), 1–43

      Bad Beef and Mad Cow Disease in Bósa saga ok Herrauðs’, Scandinavian Studies 90:4 (2018), 461–84

      Cinderella in Old Norse Literature’, Folklore 129:4 (2018), 353–74

      The Fornaldarsaga in a Dream: Weaving Fantastical Textures in Stjörnu-Odda draumr’, Quaestio Insularis 17 (2017), 48–73


      Co-developed with Ben Allport, The Viking Age, c. 790-1066,