Icelandic Sagas

Arguably the first European novels, the Icelandic Sagas are a collection of purportedly historical accounts of medieval Viking families, interweaving magic and murder, adventure and poetry throughout. They are a foundation of Icelandic culture amongst one of the most literature-loving countries in the world, and to this day you can start a good conversation there with questions like “What is your favourite Saga?” By investigating the historic origins of these stories, and the plots, characters, and themes of some of the most popular sagas, you will have an answer.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Anonymous & Bernard Scudder (Translator) The Saga of Grettir the Strong (Penguin Classics: 2005)
  • Robert Cook. Njal's saga (Penguin: 2001).
  • George Johnston. The Saga of Gisli the Outlaw (University of Toronto Press: 1999)
  • Gwyn Jones. Egil's saga: Translated from the Old Icelandic, with intro. and notes. (Syracuse University Press for the American-Scandinavian Foundation: 1960)
  • Keneva Kunz & Bergljót Kristjánsdóttir. The saga of the people of Laxardal ; and, Bolli Bollason's tale. (Penguin: 2008).
  • Magnus Magnusson & Hermann Pálsson. The Vinland sagas the Norse discovery of America. (New York University Press: 1966)
  • William Morris. Volsunga Saga (Electric Book Company: 2000)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • When were the Sagas written?
  • Where were they written?
  • Why were they written?
  • Who were they written by?
  • Why are they significant?
  • Exploring the best known sagas: Egil’s Saga, Saga of the Laxardals, Njall’s Saga, Volsunga Saga, The Saga of Gisli the Outlaw, The Saga of Grettir the Strong, Vinland Sagas
  • Other Saga literature
  • The Sagas in Icelandic culture today

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the historical and cultural context of Iceland.
  2. Outline the plots and themes of seven famous sagas.
  3. Appreciate the significance and influence of these stories within their culture, and through the world.
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