Spring 2016 Courses

The following is a list of courses relating to the Concurrent Degree in Medieval Studies.  Please see the online schedule of classes for updated information.


Department of Celtic Studies

Middle Welsh Texts & Manuscripts

Course/Section: Celtic Studies 146B

Time: TTh 11A-12:30

Location: 151 Barrows

Instructor: Annalee Rejhon

Description: A selection of medieval Welsh prose and poetry will be read with a focus on King Arthur and on Middle Welsh translations of Anglo-Norman French works.  These works will be examined in the context of the medieval Welsh manuscripts that preserve them.  The course will provide an introduction to the nature and history of the corpus of extant medieval Welsh manuscripts and to methods for editing them as well as an examination of the cultural interface between Welsh and French traditions in medieval Britain. 

 In this regard selections will be read from Ystoria Bown de Hamtwn [The Tale of Boun de Hamtone] and from Cân Rolant, the Welsh version of the Song of Roland.  The Arthurian texts will include selections from Culhwch and Olwen, the earliest Arthurian tale in the vernacular, Brut y Brenhinedd [History of the Kings], the Welsh version of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain, the native Arthurian tale, Breudwyt Ronabwy [the Dream of Rhonabwy], the Welsh grail text Peredur, the counterpart of Chrétien de Troyes’ Old French Perceval, and the early Arthurian poems, “Pa gur” [What Man (the Gatekeeper)], and “Preiddeu Annwn” [Spoils of the Otherworld]. The latest critical treatments of these works in their cultural context will be covered in lectures.  Texts will be read in Middle Welsh, both in edited and manuscript versions, the latter made available in a Reader from microfilm or online copies.  In-class translations will normally form part of each class.

Course requirements include a midterm and final exam plus the preparation of a short transcription and edition of part of a manuscript of one of the texts read in class.

Prerequisites:  CS146A or permission of the instructor.


Celtic Christianity

Course/Section: Celtic Studies 173

Time: TTh 2-3:30

Location: 215 Dwinelle

Instructor: Annalee Rejhon

Description:  The course will examine the early reception and development of Christianity in Ireland and Britain. Particular attention will be paid to the role that insular pre-Christian Celtic religious systems played in this reception and the conversion to Christian belief.  Lectures and primary works that will be read (complete or in extract) to elucidate this issue will be drawn from wisdom texts, secular and canon law texts, ecclesiastical legislation, penitentials and monastic rules, apocrypha, and lyric poetry.  A selection of saints' lives, both Irish and Welsh, with a French connection via St. Martin of Tours, will round out the course.

All texts will be available in English translation and the majority of them available in a Course Reader.  These will include:  the Irish wisdom text, Audacht Morainn [The Testimony of Moran]; Cáin Adamnáin [the law of Adomnan], Cáin Domnaig [the law of Sunday] and Cáin Darí [the law of Dari]; The Irish Penitentials, the "Monastery of Tallaght"; the "Martyrology of Oengus" and the Old Irish poems of Blathmac; The Voyage of St. Brendan; and extracts from the following saints' lives:  Adomnan's Life of Columba, Muirchú's Life of St. Patrick, Cogitosus's Life of St. Brigid, Rhigyfarch's Life of St. David, Lifris's Life of St. Cadog, and Sulpicius's Life of St. Martin.

Course requirements include a midterm and final examination.

No prerequisites, although a basic knowledge of Christianity is required.


Department of Classics

Medieval Latin Literature

Course/Instructor: Latin 140

Location: TTh 11A-12:30

Location: 121 Wheeler

Instructor: Frank Bezner

Description: This course is meant as an introduction into the Latin literature of the Middle Ages. After a brief introductory discussion of the problem of medieval Latin as a (literary and non-literary) language, we will translate and discuss readings from the 5th to the 13th century - readings that were selected to illustrate important and interesting authors, genres, contexts, and features of medieval Latin Latin literature and literary culture. Texts to be studied include the Peregrinatio Egeriae, a late Ancient travel account to the holy land; Carolingian political poetry written at Charlemagne’s court; religious poetry by Notker of St. Gall; allegorical poetry of the 12th century; hagiographic and monastic literature; satirical and love poems (Carmina Burana). As the course hopes to be responsive to students’ interests, this list may be adapted to suggestions from students. Overall, we will focus on translation and analysis, but never without discussing institutional contexts and problems of interpretation. Two classes will be held at the Bancroft library where we will be able to work with original medieval manuscripts. Sound knowledge of the basics of Latin grammar and at least some experience with reading (classical or medieval) texts in the original (ideally through courses such as Latin 100, 101 etc.) are prerequisites. Please email instructor when in doubt. — All texts will be handed out (via a reader or bcourses).


Journeys to the Heavens in Latin Literature and the Reception of Classical Antiquity

Course/Section: Classics 239

Time: W 2-5

Location: TBA

Instructor: Philip Hardie

Description: The fantasy or dream of ascending to the heavens is found in a wide variety of contexts in ancient society and literature: mythological catasterism (metamorphosis into a star or constellation), the apotheosis of the ruler, the philosopher's flight of the mind, the posthumous ascent of the soul released from the prison of the body, the skywards elevation of fame, the soaring flight of the poet. Some journeys to the heavens succeed, some do not, whether as just punishment or as noble failures (Giants, Icarus, Phaethon). This course will explore the religious, intellectual, aesthetic, and ideological meanings of these ancient precursors of space travel in a range of ancient authors, including Plato, Cicero, Virgil, Ovid, and Boethius. We will then follow the story into the post-classical world, in which the ancient models compete and interact with the ascensions of the Bible and of Christian eschatology: authors to be examined include Dante, Chaucer, Ariosto, and Milton. The later stages of the story converge with a growing obsession with the sublime. We will also look at the visual arts: a look upwards to the ceilings of Renaissance, baroque and rococo churches and palaces reveals a host of ascents and apotheoses, both religious and secular.


Department of Comparative Literature

Medieval Literature

Course/Section: Comparative Literature 152

Time: MWF 4-5:30

Location: 175 Dwinelle

Instructor: Annalee Rejhon

Description: The course will present a survey of major works of medieval literature from some of the principal literary traditions of the Middle Ages, with an emphasis on epic and on Arthurian romance.  The epics that will be examined are the assonanced Oxford version of the Song of Roland (with an extract from the rhymed Châteauroux/Venice 7 version) and Beowulf, as well as the Old Irish saga of the Táin; the romances are those of Chrétien de Troyes, along with Gottfied von Strassburg’s Tristan, Ulrich von Zatzikhoven’s Lanzelet, and the Middle English Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Included in the survey will be the Arthurian section of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain, and several of the native tales and romances of the Middle Welsh Mabinogion.  A selection of troubadour lyrics will round out the survey.

All texts will be available in English translation.  Course requirements will include a midterm and a final examination.


The Cultural Dynamics of Medieval Manuscripts

Course/Section: Comparative Literature 212 / Art History 192 D1

Time: Th 2-5

Location: 308B Doe Library

Instructor: Frank Bezner / Beate Fricke

In this course we will study medieval and early-modern manuscripts as complex intersections of materiality, aesthetics, politics, and institutionality. In a first part, students will be introduced into the fundamentals of codicology, paleography, and manuscript illumination: a hands-on phase for which we will use real manuscripts from Berkeley’s Bancroft Library. In addition, we will discuss some seminal critical work on the cultural dynamics of manuscripts. After this introductory part, our class will explore selected cases and genres such as medieval bibles, books of hours, poetic anthologies, and manuscripts with scientific texts. In the third part of the course, students will pursue their own research in collaboration with the instructors.


Department of English

Literature in English through Milton

Course/Section: English 45

Time: MWF 1-2

Location: 213 Wheeler

Instructor: David Marno

Description: This course explores a story of discovering, then forgetting, then discovering again the fact that a particular language can be used not only for communication but also for creation. At the beginning of our story Caedmon, a shepherd, is called upon in his dream to praise God in poetry. A thousand years later, John Milton calls upon the “Heav’nly Muse” to sing “Of Man’s First Disobedience.” In between them, English turns from its humble beginnings into a medium of literature. In this course, we trace this transformation by reading works of Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton.


Epic: Legends of Troy

Course/Section: English 180E

Time:TTh 2-3:30

Location:159 Mulford

Instructor: Maura Nolan

Description: Homer’s Iliad was composed in the eighth century BCE. Both the story that it narrated (the conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans) and the particular form that the story took (the genre of the epic) would become foundational building blocks of the Western literary tradition. This course will follow these two threads from antiquity to the Renaissance. We will read the story of Troy and the Trojans as it was told and retold by the Greeks (Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey), the Romans (Virgil’s Aeneid), in the Middle Ages (Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde), and in Elizabethan England (Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida). At the same time, we will see what happens to the genre of epic over time, as historical circumstances change and cultural priorities shift. We will define what we mean by “epic,” as well as what Homer, Virgil, Chaucer, and Shakespeare meant when they invoked the genre. Each of these texts imagines a world of possibilities and limitations; we will compare those freedoms and unfreedoms, what is speakable and unspeakable in Homer’s world versus Virgil’s world versus Chaucer’s world versus Shakespeare’s world. And will ask ourselves how the epic as a genre contributes to shaping the limitations and possibilities imagined by these texts.

Book List: Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde; Homer: Iliad; Homer: Odyssey; Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida; Virgil: Aeneid


Late Old English

Course/Section: English 205B

Time: TTh 2-3:30

Location: 115 Barrows

Instructor: Emily Thornbury

Description: In this course, we will explore the curious phenomenon of Old English after the Norman Conquest. Although English’s status as a language of power was overturned in 1066, the vernacular lived on in many guises—most remarkably as recognizably Old English works copied by speakers of early Middle English. We will focus on texts in several important post-Conquest manuscripts, including saints’ lives from Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 303, and works of religious philosophy (including the Old English Soliloquies) from London, British Library, Cotton Vitellius A.xv(2). We will examine networks of transmission through the lens of a homily by Ælfric, and we will also consider the changes to the English language and the poetic metre through texts including Durham, The Grave, and the metrical prayer in Cotton Julius A.ii. At the end of the course, students will present their research in a conference-length paper.

Most material will be available via the bCourses site; however, we will also be reading Elaine Treharne’s recent Living Through Conquest; Clayton and Magennis' Old English Lives of St. Margaret; and the whole of the essay collection Rewriting Old English in the Twelfth Century.

Prerequisites: a strong reading knowledge of Old English (A- in English 104 or the equivalent).


Department of French

Late Medieval Literature: Love, Humor and Satire in an Age of War and Plague

Course/Section: French 114A

Time: MW 4-5:30

Location: 106 Dwinelle

Instructor: David Hult

Description: The Black Plague, the Hundred Years’ War, serve as the gruesome backdrop for one of the richest periods of creation in the aristocratic tradition of courtly poetry and romance, extending from the mid-fourteenth to the late fifteenth century.  Were the light and frivolous fictions of love and seduction merely an escapist fantasy, a way of thinking of things other than death and disease, or is there a darker side to these fictions?  In the course of the semester, we will study lyric and narrative works by some of the best-known court authors of the period: Guillaume de Machaut, Christine de Pizan, Charles d’Orléans, Alain Chartier, and François Villon, as well as some anonymous works reflecting the growing importance of a bourgeois economic and literary sensibility: the satiric Quinze Joyes du mariage and the brilliant late medieval comic play, the Farce de Maître Pierre Pathelin.  Class discussion and readings in French.  No previous knowledge of Medieval French is required or expected, though we will read some works in the original.


The Romance of the Rose and the Tradition of Medieval Allegory

Course/Section: French 210

Time: M 1-4P

Location: 4226 Dwinelle

Instructor: David Hult

Description: This course will combine a detailed reading of the Roman de la Rose and its critical heritage with a study of the medieval tradition of allegorical writing.  Annex texts will include those written by some of the great predecessors of Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, including selections from Saint Augustine, Macrobius, Boethius and Alain de Lille.  The latter few weeks of the course will concentrate on extended passages from the fourteenth-century Ovide moralisé, which not only illustrates the move to translation in the later Middle Ages, but also exemplifies a type of exegetical reading, issuing from the theological tradition, applied to a manifestly secular (and frankly immoral) text, Ovid’s Metamorphoses.  Additional topics will include the rhetorical mode of personification, verbal and visual modes of allegorical representation, Biblical exegesis, and symbol vs. allegory.  Work for the course will include a class presentation and a substantial research paper or alternate written assignment.  Class will be conducted in English and no knowledge of medieval French is presupposed, though reading knowledge of modern French will be helpful, as the Rose will be read in a dual-language edition, with facing page Old French and modern French translation.  Since the class will center on close readings, a certain amount of class time will be reserved for discussion of linguistic and translation issues.  


Department of German

Women’s Mysticism in the Middle Ages

Course/Section: German 110

Time: MWF 10-11A

Location: 215 Dwinelle

Instructor: Frank Willaert (Rubens Visiting Professor)

Description: In the 13th century, Lotharingia, i.e. the region between the rivers Scheldt and Rhine, was the heartland of a major shift in the history of Western mysticism: from men to women, from Latin to the vernacular, from the countryside to the city. This course offers an overview of some of the most important literary works that testify to this evolution.

After having become acquainted with the political and cultural situation in Lotharingia and with some key texts of the most important 12th century inspirators of the religious women’s movement of the 13th century, we will analyse how sympathizing hagiographers framed the lives of some of these women into new models of feminine mystical holiness. We will subsequently read and discuss texts authored by two female mystics: the Cistercian nun Beatrijs van Nazareth (1200-1268) and the beguine Hadewijch of Brabant (middle 13th C.). We will also analyse how the Visions of the latter were influenced by the visual arts of her time. We will, for a while, leave Lotharingia for neighbouring Flanders in order to see how some themes central to 13th century women’s spirituality are captured in the miniatures of the Rothschild Canticles (end 13th century).  We will try to understand why the beguine Marguerite Porete remained silent before her judges and how John of Ruusbroec strove to save the spiritual heritage of the women mystics. And finally, we will discover how Hadewijch and her sisters still inspire the visual arts of our modern times.


Department of History

Medieval Europe

Course/Section: History 4B

Time: TTh 11:00-12:30 (plus a 2-hour discussion section)

Location: 0150 GSPP (Goldman School of Public Policy)

Instructor: Geoffrey Koziol

Description: As a period, the Middle Ages is puzzling, contradictory, difficult, and endlessly fascinating. It is also profoundly important, because its 1000 years saw the development of principles and institutions fundamental to later European, American, Latin American, and even East Asian societies. The first half of the course begins with the fall of the Roman Empire and the church's role in stabilizing the chaos of the period. We will then turn the conversion to Christianity of northern pagan society, the evolution of kingship in Anglo-Saxon society, and the creation of a Frankish empire on the continent that gave Europe a lasting belief in its historical destiny. In the second half of the course we will discuss the First Crusade, changing expressions of religious belief and practice (including heresy and the church's responses to it), the rise of states, the appearance of popular rebellion, and the literary culture of the aristocracy. A good deal of attention is also given to the position of women in society and the distinctive social values and religious piety that grew out of women's piety. Apart from a short, straightforward textbook, readings are entirely translated primary sources — generally whole works rather than excerpted snippets. 


The Viking World

Course/Section: History 100BP

Time: MWF 9-10A

Location: 0310 Hearst Min

Instructor: Daniel F. Melleno

**Fulfills the Pre-modern Requirement for the History major

Description: In the late eighth century Europe was rocked by the first of the Viking attacks. Over the next two centuries they left a legacy that has been immortalized in books, TV shows, movies and sports teams. But what drove these renowned seafarers to set sail from Scandinavia to shores as far as North America and the Black Sea? In this course we will examine the world of the Vikings, looking at the social, cultural, and political changes that the Viking Age ushered in not just in Scandinavia but across Europe. We will discuss how raiding and trade went hand in hand, how new ideas of kingship and worship crossed cultural boundaries, and the ways in which history and legend overlap, coloring our ideas of the medieval past.


The History of Christianity through 1250

Course/Section: History 185A

Time: TTH 9:30-11A

Location: 3106 Etcheverry

Instructor: Susanna Elm

Description: The course deals with the origins of Christianity and the first eleven centuries of its expansion into a major institutional, social, and intellectual force shaping Western Europe. The central themes are the mechanisms and conditions shaping this expansion rather than a chronological account to present this process as a model of "institutionalization" (or not!) of religious movements. The emphasis will be on patterns of crisis and reform, i.e., on conflicts arising within the church itself and as a result of its dealings with the "outside" world, and how these crises were resolved. The course is based on the study of primary sources and will include problems of historical method. Requirements, beyond a basic familiarity with Roman and early Medieval history, are one midterm, one final, and a book review. The syllabus refers to books ordered, but also mentions recommended readings in brackets (on reserve only); please note also resources on bspace. You may use any BIBLE, and please bring yours with you for the first weeks.


The Medieval Episcopate in Italy and Beyond: Sources and Studies

Course/Section: History 280B/285B

Times: W 2-4P

Location: 2303 Dwinelle

Instructor: Maureen C. Miller 

Description: This seminar is designed as an introduction to the wide variety of historical sources produced by bishops from roughly the fifth to the fifteenth centuries as well as to the ways historians have used them to explore the medieval past.  Among the sources we may consider are letters, wills and tombs, liturgical ordines and vestments, charters and registers, visitation records, hagiographical (vitae, miracle collections) and other biographical sources: the Roman Liber pontificalis and its echoes in episcopal gesta, sagas, etc.  General histories and theological tracts will not be treated, but the particularly sophisticated records of the Roman see will be in order to explore papal influence and episcopal independence over the Middle Ages. While Italian examples will feature prominently, the geographical interests of students registered in the seminar will determine the final syllabus (those intending to register are encouraged to email the instructor).  Doctoral candidates in history have the option of developing a research (285) paper through the seminar.  A reading knowledge of Latin and either French or German is required.  


Department of Political Science

History of Political Thought: Ancient and Medieval

Course/Section: Political Science 112A

Time: TTh 12:30-2P

Location: 166 Barrows

Instructor: Daniel Lee

Description:  This course provides a survey of major texts in ancient and medieval political thought.  The course aims to investigate the classical origins and later development of concepts central to political thought such as the state, citizenship, democracy, and equality.  Readings will include works by Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas, and Marsilius.


Tyranny and Tyrannicide

Course/Section: Political Science 191

Time: W 10A-12

Location: 791 Barrows

Instructor: Daniel Lee

Description:  This junior seminar in political theory seeks to investigate the concept of tyranny in the history of political thought.  Major topics for study in this seminar will include the proper scope of political obligation, the permissibility of resistance and disobedience, and principles of constitutional design.  We will begin with a study of the classical origins of the concept of tyranny in Greek and Roman antiquity, in such writers as Plato, Aristotle, Polybius, and Tacitus.  With this background, we shall then proceed to investigate the usage of the classical analysis of tyranny in medieval and early modern thought, such as Aquinas, Bartolus, Machiavelli, and Calvin.  The seminar will pay special attention to radical theories of resistance and tyrannicide, which emerged in close connection with the French Wars of Religion and the English Civil War, such as the French Monarchomachs and English republicans.  The course concludes by exploring the place of tyranny in modern constitutional thought, such as Montesquieu, Madison, and Tocqueville.

The Junior Seminars are intense writing seminars which focus on the research area of the faculty member teaching the course. The seminars provide an opportunity for students to have direct intellectual interactions with faculty members while also giving the students an understanding for faculty research.


Department of Scandinavian 

Heroic Legends of the North 

Course/Section: Scandinavian 60                

Time: TuTh 9:30-11 

Location: TBA 

Instructor: Kate Heslop

What is a hero? What use were stories about heroes to the societies that produced them? What is the relationship between heroes and gods (pagan and Christian)? Does heroic narrative preserve memories of historical events? Can monsters or women be heroes? How do heroes die, and why do their stories enjoy such a long – if not altogether blameless – afterlife?

Such questions guide our engagement in this course with the heroic narratives of the Northern Middle Ages. The course has a double focus: on the hero and heroic ethos in a period of radical cultural, social and religious change; and on a particular body of literature, the Scandinavian versions of Germanic heroic narrative. It centers on the Poetic Edda, a unique medieval collection of mythological and heroic poetry whose roots reach back into the Viking Age, and perhaps still further back. But we will also explore other manifestations of the northern fascination with heroes, covering topics such as the oral transmission of heroic narrative; heroes in visual culture (runestones, sculptures, jewellery); Latin-speaking Norse heroes in Saxo grammaticus’ Gesta danorum (History of the Danes); how the heroic ethos plays out in more realistic saga genres, such as the lives of the Norwegian kings; and the late medieval flowering of heroic narrative in the Old Norse romances. A look at the post-medieval reception of heroic legend in Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle and in contemporary media (e.g. Game of Thrones, the History Channel series Vikings, video games, popular music) rounds off the course.

Scandinavian 60 is a requirement for the five major concentrations in Scandinavian. 


The Poetic Edda, trans. by Carolyne Larrington, revised edition (OUP: 2014).

Seven Viking Romances, trans. by Hermann Pálsson and Paul Edwards (Penguin: 1985).

The Saga of the Völsungs, trans. by Jesse Byock (Penguin: 2000).

The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. by Ben Waggoner (Troth: 2009). 

Additional texts will be made available in a Course Reader.

Prerequisites: none.  The course and readings are in English.


Magic, Miracles, & Monsters in Medieval Scandinavia

Course/Section: Scandinavian 150

Time: MWF 1-2

Location: 247 Dwinelle

Instructor: Molly Jacobs Bauer

Description: The literature of medieval Scandinavia is filled with elements of what we would call the “supernatural”: the walking dead, giants and trolls, sorcery, and even Christian miracles. In this class we will explore the function of the supernatural in Icelandic literature and society. Using primary source materials in English, as well as modern scholarly writings on the fantastic, we will investigate the following questions: were supernatural phenomena believed to be true? Is it possible for us to tell? What role(s) might these elements have played in Scandinavian literature and society, and what do they tell us about how the “human” and the “normal” were understood?  In this class we will learn about the culture of medieval Scandinavia as well as various scholarly approaches to the question of the “supernatural.” Students will develop critical and analytical skills through readings, class discussion, and independent research.

Fulfills L&S Breadth: Arts & Literature


Scandinavian Myth and Religion

Course/Section: Scandinavian C160; cross-listed with Religious Studies C108

Time: MWF 10-11A

Location: 219 Dwinelle

**Fulfills L&S Breadth Requirement: Historical Studies OR Philosophy & Values

Description:  Who were the Norse gods? Why did they have to die? And how do we know? This course presents a survey of Scandinavian myth and religion from prehistory through the conversion to Christianity (eleventh century), as illustrated in narrative and, to a lesser extent, archaeological materials. The approach will be primarily source-critical, with some use of comparative materials from other mythologies. By the end of the course, students should know the sources well, have an understanding of the major problems involved in this study, and be aware of the more important scholarly trends in the field. Three hours of lecture and discussion per week.

Workload: A midterm exam (20% of the course grade); a draft of term paper (10% of course grade); term paper (40% of the course grade); and a final examination (30% of the course grade). 

Prerequisites:  None, although some background in folklore and mythology, religious studies, medieval literature and history, or Scandinavian culture are likely to prove helpful. 

Book List:

Edda, trans. Anthony Faulkes, ISBN-13: 978-0460876162 

The Poetic Edda (second edition), trans. Carolyne Larrington, ISBN-13: 978-0199675340 

Norse Mythology, by John Lindow, ISBN-13: 978-0195153828 

All other readings are to be found in the course reader which will be made available through bCourses. 

Magic, Miracles, & Monsters in Medieval Scandinavia

Course/Section: Scandinavian 150

Time: MWF 1-2

Location: 247 Dwinelle

Instructor: Molly Jacobs Bauer

Description: The literature of medieval Scandinavia is filled with elements of what we would call the “supernatural”: the walking dead, giants and trolls, sorcery, and even Christian miracles. In this class we will explore the function of the supernatural in Icelandic literature and society. Using primary source materials in English, as well as modern scholarly writings on the fantastic, we will investigate the following questions: were supernatural phenomena believed to be true? Is it possible for us to tell? What role(s) might these elements have played in Scandinavian literature and society, and what do they tell us about how the “human” and the “normal” were understood?  In this class we will learn about the culture of medieval Scandinavia as well as various scholarly approaches to the question of the “supernatural.” Students will develop critical and analytical skills through readings, class discussion, and independent research.

Fulfills L&S Breadth: Arts & Literature


Early Scandinavian Literature: The beginnings of Old Norse literature

Course/Section: Scandinavian 220

Time: M 1-4P

Location: 6415 Dwinelle

Instructor: Jonas Wellendorf

Description: This seminar will focus on the earliest phase of Old Norse (written) literature and the core philological skills of medieval Scandinavian studies; including reading, transcribing, dating, and normalizing original Old Norse texts from facsimiles. We will also consider editorial practices and the history of Old Norse studies.

Texts: We will read the First Grammatical Treatise, Íslendingabók, Hungrvaka and other pre-classical Icelandic and Norwegian texts. Secondary readings will be in English and the modern Scandinavian languages.

Prerequisite: At least one semester of Old Norse-Icelandic.