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LITS 0120 Viking Literature and Culture

This course explores the legacy of Viking literature, ranging from mythology to heroic legend, and includes an analysis of wider history and culture through readings of Old Norse and Icelandic texts in translation. Topics include the Poetic Edda, skaldic poetry, the world of Snorri Sturlson, the legendary sagas and the Icelandic family sagas.

 Introductory Reading:

  • Acker, P. and C. Larrington, eds, The ‘Poetic Edda’: Essays on Old Norse Mythology. London: Routledge, 2013
  • O’Donoghue, H., Old Norse-Icelandic Literature. A Short Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003
  • Ross, Margaret C., ed., The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse-Icelandic Saga. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010
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My semester at CMRS was a life-changing experience. With the backdrop of the beautiful and historically-relevant Oxford, I read, wrote, and learned mo...
Jason Martin, Spring Semester 2011, Albion College