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

Spring 2006

E 326K • Literature of the Middle Ages in Translation

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33495 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 308

Course Description

A survey of outstanding literary texts from medieval Scandinavia and Viking Britain, read in the (shifting) context of their various audiences from composition to the present day. Attention will be given to multiple critical perspectives, as well as to the insights provided by anthropology; social and political history; the visual arts and material culture; manuscript culture; oral and documentary traditions; and to some extent 19th- and 20th-century medievalism (i.e. how the medieval past has been constructed and used, and to what ends). No prior experience with the Middle Ages or literary study expected; however, student engagement and enthusiasm highly desirable.

Grading Policy

Old English Paper (5+ pp.) 25%
Saga Paper (6-8+ pp.) 30%
Medievalism Paper & Presentation (5+ pp.) 25%
In-Class Performance (writing, discussion, engagement, preparation, process work) 20%

Attendance Required
On-time Completion of Reading & Writing Assignments Required

All assignments must be completed to receive any passing grade for the course.


Hamer, A Choice of Anglo-Saxon Verse (Faber)
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Norton; tr. Heaney)
Hrafnkel's Saga & Other Stories (Penguin, tr. Palsson)
Laxdaela Saga (Penguin; tr. Magnusson & Palsson)
Three Icelandic Outlaw Sagas (Everyman; tr. Faulkes & Johnston)
Njal's Saga (Penguin; tr. Magnusson & Palsson)
The Vinland Sagas (Penguin; tr. Magnusson & Palsson)
Snorri Sturluson, Edda (Everyman; tr. Faulkes; a.k.a. Prose Edda or Younger Edda)
The Poetic Edda (U Texas Press; tr. Hollander; a.k.a. Elder Edda)
Supplemental Course Packet


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