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John M Weinstock

Professor Emeritus PhD, Indo-European Linguistics, Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin (Madison)

John M Weinstock

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Biography

Other websites: http://www.utexas.edu/courses/sami and http://www.utexas.edu/courses/tristan

Interests

Sami Culture & Civilization, Scandinavian Studies, Norwegian Language & Literature, Scandinavian Music, Scandinavian Linguistics, Old Norse Language & Literature, Wagner's Operas

GER 393K • Old Norse

37885 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm BUR 232
(also listed as MDV 392M )
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An introduction to the language and literature of Iceland mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries. The literature includes the Icelandic family sagas, Snorri’s Prose Edda, the Poetic Edda and the important but little loved skaldic poetry. The readings include excerpts from Hrólfs saga kraka (where Bǫðvarr saves Hǫttr from having bones thrown at him); from Kormaks saga (Kormak’s odd wooing of Steingerðr); and from Bjarnar saga hítdœlakappa (a bit of the feud between Bjǫrn and Þórðr over the love of Oddný). By the end of the semester students will be able to tackle any variety of Icelandic prose with the aid of an Icelandic-English dictionary.

Texts
A New Introduction to Old Norse, Part I – Grammar by Michael Barnes; Part II – Glossary and Index of Names (Second Edition) by Anthony Faulkes; Part III – Reader (Second Edition) by Anthony Faulkes

Grading
Primarily take-home translations

GRC 327E • Midnight Sun People: Sami-W

84610 • Summer 2010
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm GEA 127
(also listed as ANT 324L, EUS 346, R S 357, SCA 327 )
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Description:
What can a small minority group teach us about peaceful coexistence, sensible use of the environment and a meaningful rapport with the spiritual world?  In this interdisciplinary course we will learn about the Sami, an indigenous people living today mainly in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.  Not too long ago commonly referred to as Lapps or Laplanders and often the victims of discrimination by the majority cultures in the area they inhabit, the Sami have, in recent years, received a greater degree of autonomy and their culture is being studied both by non-Sami scholars and by the Sami themselves.  Sami writers, musicians and graphic artists are being recognized worldwide.

We will first place the Sami in a historical-cultural context by examining factual materials, both historical and contemporary, on the Sami’s social and economic systems, religion, customs and values.  Many of the readings will have an outsider’s point of view, but there will be materials written by Sami scholars as well. In the major portion of the course we will view the Sami primarily from within; the Sami will present themselves through their literature, film, music and art.

This is a course with a Substantial Writing Component.

Required Reading:
Valkeapää, Nils-Aslak. The Sun, My Father.
Lehtola, Veli-Pekka. The Sámi People.
Gaski, Harald. In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun – Contemporary Sami Prose and Poetry.
Gaski, Harald. Sami Culture in a New Era: The Norwegian Sami Experience.
Gaup, Ailo. In Search of the Drum.
Gaup, Ailo. Night Between the Days or Jenssen, Frank A. The Salt Bin or Helander, Elina and Kaarina Kailo. No beginning, no end.
Stien, Laila. Antiphony.
Other texts at: https://webspace.utexas.edu/jmwein/sami (abbrev. WS: SámiSyllabus, SamiLoan, SamiExpressions)

Grading:
Informal writing: abstracts, summaries, etc. (20%)
Formal writing: research essay(s) totaling 3000 words: (40%)
Film review of Pathfinder, a film retelling an old Sami legend.  At least 4 pages (10%).
Exams (20%)
Class Participation (10%)

SCA 327 • Midnight Sun People: Sami-W

84680 • Summer 2010
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm GEA 127
(also listed as ANT 324L, EUS 346, GRC 327E, R S 357 )
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Description:
What can a small minority group teach us about peaceful coexistence, sensible use of the environment and a meaningful rapport with the spiritual world?  In this interdisciplinary course we will learn about the Sami, an indigenous people living today mainly in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.  Not too long ago commonly referred to as Lapps or Laplanders and often the victims of discrimination by the majority cultures in the area they inhabit, the Sami have, in recent years, received a greater degree of autonomy and their culture is being studied both by non-Sami scholars and by the Sami themselves.  Sami writers, musicians and graphic artists are being recognized worldwide.

We will first place the Sami in a historical-cultural context by examining factual materials, both historical and contemporary, on the Sami’s social and economic systems, religion, customs and values.  Many of the readings will have an outsider’s point of view, but there will be materials written by Sami scholars as well. In the major portion of the course we will view the Sami primarily from within; the Sami will present themselves through their literature, film, music and art.

This is a course with a Substantial Writing Component.

Required Reading:
Valkeapää, Nils-Aslak. The Sun, My Father.
Lehtola, Veli-Pekka. The Sámi People.
Gaski, Harald. In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun – Contemporary Sami Prose and Poetry.
Gaski, Harald. Sami Culture in a New Era: The Norwegian Sami Experience.
Gaup, Ailo. In Search of the Drum.
Gaup, Ailo. Night Between the Days or Jenssen, Frank A. The Salt Bin or Helander, Elina and Kaarina Kailo. No beginning, no end.
Stien, Laila. Antiphony.
Other texts at: https://webspace.utexas.edu/jmwein/sami (abbrev. WS: SámiSyllabus, SamiLoan, SamiExpressions)

Grading:
Informal writing: abstracts, summaries, etc. (20%)
Formal writing: research essay(s) totaling 3000 words: (40%)
Film review of Pathfinder, a film retelling an old Sami legend.  At least 4 pages (10%).
Exams (20%)
Class Participation (10%)

Publications

Two Champions of Sami Literature and Culture. L’image du Sápmi III. Études comparées. Textes réunis par Kajsa Andersson. Humanistisca Oerebroensia. Artes et linguae. (Summary in Norwegian)

At the frontier: Saami linguistics aided by other disciplines. Advances in Nordic Linguistics. Ed. Martin Hilpert, Janet Duke, Christine Mertzlufft, Jan-Ola Östman, and Michael Rießler. FRIAS 'Linguae et Litterae' series, De Gruyter Mouton

Assimilation of the Sami: Its Unforeseen Effects on the Majority Populations of Scandinavia. Scandinavian Studies, forthcoming.

“Genetic heterogeneity in Scandinavia: Not only the Sami.” L’image du Sápmi II. Études comparées. Textes réunis par Kajsa Andersson. Humanistisca Oerebroensia. Artes et linguae.

Weinstock, J.M. (2009, December) Thoughts About Saami Prehistory. Samar som “den andre”, samar om “den andre”: Identitet og etnisitet i nordiske kulturmøte. Else Mundal & Håkan Rydving (red.). Saami dutkan – Samiska studier – Saami Studies 6. Umeå universitet.

Weinstock, J.M. (2009, December) What Goes Around Comes Around: Sámi Time and the Question of Indigeneity. ELA.

Weinstock, J.M., Laila Stien.. & Tr. John Weinstock.. (2007) Antiphony. Nordic Studies Press, Chicago..

Weinstock, J.M. (2005, July) The Role of Skis and Skiing in the Settlement of Early Scandinavia. The Northern Review #25/26.

Weinstock, J.M. (2003) Skis and Skiing: From the Stone Age to the Birth of the Sport. Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press.

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