SCANDINAVIAN 101A: Introduction to Old Norse I

MWF 12-1 , 6415 Dwinelle. Instructor: Jonas Wellendorf

Units: 4

L&S Breadth:  Arts & Literature

(Fall only. Old Norse 101B is offered in the Spring.)

This class will introduce students to the written vernacular language of Iceland and Norway in the Middle Ages. Class time will focus on the grammatical structure of Old Norse, translating into English, and close-reading exercises of Old Norse texts. By the end of the semester students should be able to read saga-style Old Norse prose texts in normalized orthography with the help of a dictionary. Assignments will include translations, grammatical exercises, quizzes, a midterm, and a final exam. Regular and active participation is required.

Texts: Zöega’s Old Icelandic Dictionary (any edition) and additional texts to be announced by the instructor.

Prerequisites: none