Germanic Languages | Introduction to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature
G636 | 2637 | Professor Kari Gade
G636 Introduction to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature (3 cr.)
MW, BH 148
Medieval Icelandic poetic and prose literary texts: history of the
literature. During the semester, we will focus on sagas and smaller
stories which will be read/translated in class (including the
accompanying skaldic and eddic stanzas). Special attention will be
paid to linguistic peculiarities. The course will also contain an
overview of the history of Old Norse literary scholarship in
general. There will be no exams, but a final paper is required
(topics to be discussed). Students will expect to give oral
presentations of the secondary sources on the reading list.
Prerequisite: G635 or the equivalent.
Book: Zoega, Geir T. A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic. Oxford:
Clarendon, 1910. Rpt. 1975.