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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2005

E 322 • The Vikings and their Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32095 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
GEO 2.202

Course Description

Are you interested in one of the most exciting periods of history? From the eighth to eleventh centuries, the Vikings moved beyond their Scandinavian borders, expanded into new areas of the world, and had a profound influence on the future course of European history. They discovered America long before Columbus; they gave Russia her name. They produced beautiful works of art and literature. Their pagan gods and myths still stir the imagination. This course will explore the fascinating world of the Vikings.

Grading Policy

This course will be a substantial writing component course with two essays required, a minimum of five pages each. One of the essays will be extensively revised. Classroom sessions will consist of lectures, discussion, and viewing of the highly successful Viking videotape series produced for public broadcasting by Magnus Magnusson.

2 Papers (plus one revision) 50%
2 Quizzes 30%
Classroom participation 20%


Gwyn Jones, A History of the Vikings, Oxford, 1984
Gwyn Jones, Poems of the Vikings, tr. Pat Terry, 1972
Palsson Magnusson, Njal's Saga, Penguin, 1977


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