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Sandra B Straubhaar

Associate Faculty Ph.D., German Studies and Humanities, Stanford University

Senior Lecturer
Sandra B Straubhaar

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Medieval Scandinavia, Postmodern Medievalism, Historical Linguistics

WGS 340 • Birgitta, Hildegard, Margery

46945 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm SAC 5.102
(also listed as EUS 347, GRC 327E, R S 357, SCA 373 )
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DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

The life and writings of Saint Birgitta of Sweden, fourteenth-century visionary, religious reformer and pilgrim, will be examined and compared with her predecessor Hildegard of Bingen (Germany) and her successor Margery Kempe (England).  Social and historical contexts for all three visionary women will be explored in depth, particularly the factors behind Birgitta’s emerging as such an authoritative voice, both political and religious, within the milieu of fourteenth-century Europe.  Other related figures, predominantly Julian of Norwich, but also Christina of Markyate, Christina Mirabilis, Angela de Foligno, Jeanne d’Arc and Catherine of Siena may be visited.  We will also explore varieties of spirituality and spiritual thinking including: anchorism and asceticism; Marian piety and Goddess-imagery; virginity and female creativity; and  bridal imagery.  Any theoretical framework – religious; scientific; theological; medical; archetypal; or any other – will be allowed.  No single orthodoxy or heterodoxy should become primary in our investigations: all may have a voice (and it need not be a consistent one).  We will try to allow the past to speak for itself, always realizing that we, the readers/listeners/watchers, will necessarily apply some kind of “spin” based on our own backgrounds. 

Two things to remember when you investigate the lives and thought of people of the past: 1. They were vastly different from us; and 2) They were uncannily like us.  Both 1) and 2) are entirely true.

 

BOOKS and PACKET:

Birgitta of Sweden: Life and Selected Revelations, ed. Marguerite Tjader Harris.  Paulist Press, 1990.

ISBN 0809131390

St. Bride and Her Book, ed. & tr. Julia Bolton Holloway.  Boydell & Brewer, 2000.

             ISBN 08599 15891

The Book of Margery Kempe, ed. & tr. B. A. Windeatt.  Penguin, 1994.

             ISBN 01404 32515

Sister of Wisdom: St. Hildegard’s Theology of the Feminine, by Barbara

             Newman.  University of California Press, 1987.              ISBN 05202 11626

Revelations of Divine Love, by Julian of Norwich, ed. & tr. by Elizabeth Spearing

             and A. C. Spearing.  Penguin, 1998.                        ISBN 01404 46737 

 

COURSE PACKET from IT Copy on MLK Blvd. 

 

GRADING:

This course is a Writing Flag course, and most of your grade will come from the evaluation of writing-related activities.

The breakdown is like this:

Quizzes on Reading (on most days when readings are due):    10 %

Two six-page reaction papers or position papers, 15% each =   30 %

In-class peer review activities on these papers:    10 %

Reading Journals (turned in every other Wednesday)    15 %

One three- to five-page group project (groups of 3-4):    15 %

One six-page research paper:      20 %

 

NO FINAL

Publications

Straubhaar, S.B. (2007) Review of Thor Ewing, Viking Clothing (Stroud, Gloucestershire: Tempus, 2006). Medieval Clothing and Textiles Medieval Clothing and Textiles
Straubhaar, S.B. (2007) Review of Mark T. Hooker, A Tolkien Mathomium (Durham, North Carolina: Llyfrawr, 2006). Tolkien Studies Tolkien Studies
Straubhaar, S.B. (2007) From Atli to Aguirre: Remarks on Fashion and Weapon Size. In M. Nagy (Ed.), Old Norse Death and Dying. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications.
Straubhaar, S.B. (2006) “’Mord och Hor’: Skewing the Canon?”. B.A.S.I.S.: Ballads and Songs – International Studies 2 Trier: B.A.S.I.S.: Ballads and Songs – International Studies 2.
Straubhaar, S.B. (2006, September) Eight entries (Easterlings; Gondor; Goths; Huns; Jordanes; Middle-earth: Men; Roman History; Saracens and Moors). Routledge.
Straubhaar, S.B. (2006) Review of David Salo, A Gateway to Sindarin (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2004). Tolkien Studies Tolkien Studies
Straubhaar, S.B. (2005) Review of Brian Murdoch and Malcolm Read, eds. Early Germanic Literature and Culture. Camden House History of German Literature, Vol. 1 (Rochester: Camden House, 2004). Colloquia Germanica Colloquia Germanica
Straubhaar, S.B. (2005) An Extraordinary Sense of Powerful Restlessness: Nora Kershaw Chadwick, 1891-1972. In J. Chance (Ed.), Women Medievalists in the Academy (pp.366-379). Madison: Women Medievalists in the Academy, ed. Jane Chance. University of Wisconsin Press.
Straubhaar, S.B. (2005, September) Wrapped in a Blue Mantle: Fashions for Icelandic Slayers?. Medieval Clothing and Textiles; The Boydell Press, 1(1), 53-65.
Straubhaar, S.B. (2005, September) “Gilraen’s Linnod: Function, Genre, Prototypes.”. Tolkien Studies; West Virginia University Press, 2, 235-244.
Straubhaar, S.B. (2005) Review of Alan Keele, In Search of the Supernal: Pre-Existence, Eternal Marriage, and Apotheosis in German Literary, Operatic, and Cinematic Texts. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought
Straubhaar, S.B. (2004) Myth, Late Roman History, and Multiculturalism in Tolkien. In J. Chance (Ed.), Tolkien and the Invention of Myth (pp.101-117). Lexington: Tolkien and the Invention of Myth, ed. Jane Chance. University of Kentucky Press.
Straubhaar, S.B. (2004, September) Three entries (Jóreithr, Jórunn, Steinunn). Women in the Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Katharina Wilson and Nadia Margolis. I, 493-495.
Straubhaar, S.B. (2003, September) “A Birth Certificate for Sweden, Packaged for Postmoderns: Jan Guillou’s Templar Trilogy.”. The Year’s Work in Medievalism 17., 17, 64-75.
Straubhaar, S.B. (2002) “Ambiguously Gendered, Not Only Grammatically: The Skalds Jórunn, Authr and Steinunn.”. In K. Swenson & S.M. Anderson (Eds.), Cold Counsel: Women of Old Norse Literature and Myth (pp.261-271). New York: Cold Counsel: Women of Old Norse Literature and Myth. Ed. Karen Swenson and Sarah M. Anderson..
Straubhaar, S.B. (2002, September) Six biographical entries (Brunhilde, Eyvindr Finnsson skáldaspillir, Egill Skallagrímsson, Harald (Bluetooth) Gormsson, Einarr Skúlason and Sturla Thórtharson). Medieval Europe and the Rise of Christendom, 500-1300. Ed. Jana K. Schulman. Greenwood Press.
Straubhaar, S.B. (2002) Birgitta Birgersdotter (St. Birgitta of Sweden). In L. Churchill & J. Jeffrey (Eds.), Women Writing Latin (pp.309-318). New York: Women Writing Latin. Ed. Laurie Churchill and Jane Jeffrey. Routledge..
Straubhaar, S.B. (2001, September) Nasty, Brutish and Large: Cultural Difference and Otherness in the Figuration of the Trollwomen of the Fornaldar Sögur. Scandinavian Studies; Brigham Young University Press, 73(2), 105-124.
Straubhaar, S.B. (1999, September) “Gustav Storm’s Heimskringla as a Norwegian Nationalist Genesis Narrative.”. Tijdschrift voor Skandinavistiek, 20(2), 101-126.
Straubhaar, S.B. (1999) Review of Hilda R. E. Davidson, Roles of the Northern Goddess (London: Routledge, 1998). Scandinavian Studies Scandinavian Studies
Straubhaar, S.B. (1998) Review of Jenny Jochens, Old Norse Images of Women (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996). German Quarterly German Quarterly
Straubhaar, S.B. (1997, September) “Holberg’s Apology for Zenobia of Palmyra and Catherine I.”. Scandinavica; Page Bros., 36(2), 169-188.
Straubhaar, S.B. (1993) Review of Ingi Sigurthsson, ed. Upplysingin á Íslandi. Scandinavian Studies Scandinavian Studies
Straubhaar, S.B. (1993) Review of Lena Rangström, ed. Riddarlek och tornerspel: Sverige-Europa (Tournaments and the Dream of Chivalry). Scandinavian Studies Scandinavian Studies
Straubhaar, S.B. (1993, September) “Skáldkonur.”. Medieval Scandinavia: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Philip Pulsiano, et al. Garland, 594-596.
Straubhaar, S.B. (1991, September) Jóreithr í Mithjumdal. An Encyclopedia of Continental Women Writers. Ed. Katharina Wilson. Garland, 1158-1159.
Straubhaar, S.B. (1991, September) Steinunn Refsdóttir. An Encyclopedia of Continental Women Writers. Ed. Katharina Wilson. Garland, 1190-1191.
Straubhaar, S.B. (1991, September) Jórunn skáldmær. An Encyclopedia of Continental Women Writers. Ed. Katharina Wilson. Garland, 837-838.
Straubhaar, S.B. (1987) “The Forgotten Skáldkonur and Their Place in Early Scandinavian Culture.”. In J.R. Rothschild (Ed.), Creativity, Influence, Imagination: The Worlds of Medieval Women (pp.14-23). Morgantown: Creativity, Influence, Imagination: The Worlds of Medieval Women. Ed. Judith Rice Rothschild. University of West Virginia Press.
Straubhaar, S.B. (1978) An Arthurian Remnant in an Appalachian Nonsense Ballad. Ballads and Ballad Research: Selected Papers of the International Conference on Nordic and Anglo- American Ballad Research, University of Washington, Seattle, May 2-6, 1977. Ed. Patricia L. Conroy. University of Washington Press Seattle: Ballads and Ballad Research: Selected Papers of the International Conference on Nordic and Anglo- American Ballad Research, University of Washington, Seattle, May 2-6, 1977. Ed. Patricia L. Conroy. University of Washington Press.
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