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Scandinavian (SCAN)
202 Friendly, 541-346-4051
Department of German and Scandinavian
College of Arts & Sciences
K - Lectures and readings in English
Course Data
  SCAN 259   Vikings/Iceland Sagas >1 >IC 4.00 cr.
Introduction to the social, political, and cultural expressions of Viking society through the Sagas, the unique prose narratives of medieval Iceland. Conducted in English.
Grading Options: Optional for all students
Instructor: Gurley GE-mail Office:   319 Friendly Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-4055
Additional Web Resources AvailableWeb-related Resources: Course Description
 
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Lecture

26569 64 100 0830-0950 mw 129 MCK Gurley G Additional Web Resources AvailableK

Final Exam:

1015-1215 r 3/20 129 MCK
 
Associated Sections

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26570 13 25 1000-1050 r 117 FEN Nadalizadeh A K

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26571 15 25 1100-1150 r 117 FEN Nadalizadeh A K

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26572 17 25 1200-1250 r 117 FEN Smirnova D K

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26573 19 25 1300-1350 r 117 FEN Smirnova D K
Academic Deadlines
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Expanded Course Description
The Sagas and Hybrid Culture: This class serves as an introduction to the social, political, and cultural expressions of Viking Age Icelandic society through a survey of the medieval Sagas. The course attempts to illustrate how medieval Iceland forged its own identity while being profoundly engaged with other cultures. We know that the written documents depicting pre-Christian Scandinavia derive from Roman, Islamic, and Continental European sources, and that the Icelandic saga writers were attempting to create documentation attesting to both the uniqueness of Icelandic culture and its connection to the Christian world at large. With this in mind, we shall begin by establishing a premise: the hybridity of the cultural environment in which the Norse sagas were written is discernable when we understand that these narratives depict a time that rests on the cusp of the Icelandic conversion to Christianity. It is just as important that we keep in mind that the sagas that we will read were written retrospectively, two to three hundred years after the ?fact,? and during a time when Icelandic independence was under threat. Therefore, it is only fitting that we begin our survey with an exploration of the 13th century Icelandic reconstruction of Old Norse belief systems. We will then turn to a heroic saga, which has its roots in a larger European tradition, and look at the specific Icelandic cast of this story. After that, we shall read a series of Icelandic ?family? sagas, set in Iceland, and attempt to understand both their cultural context and how they themselves contextualize cultural tensions. In this way, we can explore how the development of culture and national identity reveals the dynamic interaction between local and imported beliefs. This course is conducted in English.
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