E 322 • Introduction to Germanic Religion and Myth
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
A survey of the sources and main features of Germanic religion and of the transition from paganism to Christianity in northern Europe and the Germanic territories of western Europe: Anglo-Saxon Great Britain, the Low Countries, Germany, Switzerland and Austria--diachronically, from the statements of Caesar and Tacitus about Germanic religion to the last pre-Christian documents in the continental area (Merseburg charms, runic inscriptions, etc.) and in England (Beowulf) as well as the Scandinavian texts of the Eddas and the later information in poetry and saga.
Three five-page out-of-class papers. First two can be revised and re-submitted. Revised grade expunges the old grade (in other words, they aren't averaged together).
Two in-class writing sessions -- 5-6 pages each
Each of the five writing assignment grades is weighted equally at 18% for a total of 90%. The remaining 10% comes from class participation: regular attendance, quizzes on readings, and participation in class discussion.
The Poetic Edda, tr. Carolyne Larrington
The Prose Edda of Snorri Sturluson, tr. Jean I. Young
The Saga of the Volsungs, tr. Jesse L. Byock
Gods and Myths of Northern Europe, by H. R. Ellis Davidson
Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe, by H. R. Ellis Davidson
Roles of the Northern Goddess, by H. R. Ellis Davidson