E 322 • The Vikings and their Literature
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
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.
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