SCAND 442 - The Icelandic Saga (in English Translation)
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Scandinavian Studies (SCAND)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing or permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The Icelandic Sagas are unique literary documents from medieval Iceland. They inform us about the cultural, political, and religious currents of a land in tumult and transition. Unlike many contemporary texts, these are not inherently moralistic or celebratory — instead they are dark, matter-of-fact inquiries into the way individuals respond to often unresolvable situations. In this course, we will encounter vindictive women, treacherous kings, heroes and anti-heroes, lawyers, berserkers and poets.

Texts include Njál's Saga, Egil’s Saga, The Saga of Gísli the Outlaw, The Saga of king Hrolf Kraki, selections from Snorri Sturluson’s Heimskringla, and several shorter sagas such as Hrafnkel’s Saga and Thorstein Staff-Struck. Key themes engaged in the class include vengeance and feuds, magic and religion, conversion, and gender roles.

Course Requirements:

Discussion of the readings, short papers, presentations, and a term paper

Intended Audience:

There are no prerequisites.

Class Format:

The class is structured as a seminar. All texts are in English.

SCAND 442 - The Icelandic Saga (in English Translation)
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001 (REC)
MWF 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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ISBN: 0486263665
Heimskringla, or The lives of the Norse kings, Author: by Snorre Sturlason ; edited with notes by Erling Monsen and translated into English with the assistance of A.H. Smith., Publisher: Dover 1990
ISBN: 9780140441031
Njal's saga, Publisher: Penguin Books 1975
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 014043593X
The saga of King Hrolf Kraki, Author: translated with an introduction by Jesse L. Byock., Publisher: Penguin Books 1998
ISBN: 0670889903
The sagas of Icelanders : a selection, Author: preface by Jane Smiley ; introduction by Robert Kellogg., Publisher: Viking 2000
ISBN: 9780140291155
Viking age Iceland, Author: Byock, Jesse L., Publisher: Penguin 2001
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