Department of Scandinavian
Summer 2012 Course Descriptions (5/10/12)

 

 

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 SESSION A COURSES: MAY 21-JUNE 29

Scandinavian R5B, Section 1 (4 units)
Instructor: TBA

Monday-Thursday 9-11
Course Control Number: 82005
221 Wheeler

Reading & Composition Course
A View from the North:
Contemporary Norwegian Literature and Film

All Reading & Composition courses must be taken for a letter grade in order to fulfill this requirement for the Bachelor’s Degree. This course satisfies the second half or the “B” portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.

For many of you, Norway will be the name of a country you know nothing about. Fear not! In this course we will be surveying contemporary Norwegian literature and film to uncover the gems of this small country. . No prior knowledge of Norway is needed. By the end of the semester, you will have a broad overview of contemporary literature and film in Sweden's less-sexy neighbor.

Through reading/viewing, discussing, and writing about these texts/films, students will learn how to plan, write, and edit college-level essays. Over the course of the semester, students will read a variety of texts, write three formal essays--as well as several informal written assignments--and familiarize themselves with the MLA format.

Readings

A bSpace reader to include the following:
Loe, Erlend. Naive. Super. 1996.
Petterson, Per. Out Stealing Horses. 2003.
The Craft of Research. 2003.
Wassmo, Herbjørg. The House with the Blind Glass Windows. 1995.
Fløgstad, Kjartan. Dollar Road. 1989.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the "A" portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.

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Scandinavian R5B, Section 2 (4 units)
Instructor: TBA

Monday-Thursday 10-12
Course Control Number: 82010
109 Wheeler

Reading & Composition Course
Murderers and Thieves:
Outlaws of Scandinavia and England

All Reading & Composition courses must be taken for a letter grade in order to fulfill this requirement for the Bachelor’s Degree. This course satisfies the second half or the “B” portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.

Tales of outlaws are some of the most well-known and best loved stories from medieval literature. Stories of Robin Hood's generosity, or Gísli Sursson's daring, have captivated generations of audiences. In this course, we will examine the concepts of society and social boundaries, as well as the reasons that compel people to remove themselves or others from it. We will discuss individual principles versus social convention, as well as the riveting stories of Gisli, Grettir, Robin Hood and others as a framework for learning the basics of writing college-level research papers.

This class is designed to fulfill the university’s Reading and Composition (R&C) requirement. Emphasis will be placed on argumentation, source evaluation, and research strategies. Students will sharpen their critical reading and writing skills through a series of short writing assignments, article analysis, and a final research project.

Required Texts:
Three Icelandic Outlaw Sagas ISBN 0-903521-66-0
Course reader (information to follow)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the "A" portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.

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Scandinavian R5B, Section 3 (4 units)
Instructor: TBA

Monday-Thursday 11-1
Course Control Number: 82015
221 Wheeler

Reading & Composition Course
The North Atlantic Experience

All Reading & Composition courses must be taken for a letter grade in order to fulfill this requirement for the Bachelor’s Degree. This course satisfies the second half or the “B” portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.

Between the fjords of Norway and the rocky coast of New England lies a body of water called The North Atlantic Ocean. Its waters touch the shores of Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Iceland, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Canada, and the United States. For at least 1000 years, and probably much longer, the people living in these diverse lands and cultures were connected through their common use of the North Atlantic Ocean. During specific historic epochs, the idea of these lands comprising a “region” has come to the fore: the Viking Age, the fishing empires of the 15th century, the 19th century period of migration to North America, and in modern times. This course looks not only at the history of usage of the North Atlantic, but also the role of literature in helping people in this far flung region come to understand their contribution to a complex system.

Students will write two eight-page research papers during the semester, as well as various article summaries, response papers, and drafts submitted for peer review. Students will present their research findings in class.

In addition to reading plays in class (esp. Ibsen’s “Lady from the Sea,” available online), and watching documentaries, there are also:

Required Texts:
The Vinland Saga, tr. Keneva Kunz, with an Introduction by Gisli Sigurdsson. Penguin Classics (July 29, 2008), ISBN-10: 9780140447767 or ISBN-13: 978-0140447767 or ASIN: 0140447768

Cod: A biography of a fish that changed the world, Mark Kurlansky. Penguin (Non-Classics) (July 1, 1998), ISBN-10: 9780140275018 or ISBN-13: 978-0140275018 or ASIN: 0140275010

Pincher Martin, William Golding. Harcourt, ISBN-10: 0-15-602781-X or ISBN-13: 978-0-15-602781-6

Recommended Text:
Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga, William Fitzhugh and Elisabeth Ward. Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000, ISBN 1-56098-995-5

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the "A" portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.

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Scandinavian R5B, Section 4 (4 units)
Instructor: TBA

Monday-Thursday 12-2
Course Control Number: 82020
235 Dwinelle

Reading & Composition Course
"Interpreting Old Norse Literature and Culture: Myths, Heroes and Sagas"

All Reading & Composition courses must be taken for a letter grade in order to fulfill this requirement for the Bachelor’s Degree. This course satisfies the second half or the “B” portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.

In this course we will read, discuss and write about various Old Norse texts in light of their socio-cultural context. Special attention will be given to understanding the relationships between genres, for example, understanding the sagas in light of the myths, and vice versa. Students will choose a topic to focus on throughout the semester, and will write, in addition to several minor assignments, a Critical paper, a Research paper and a final paper on that topic.

Texts:
Edda, trans. Anthony Faulkes, • ISBN: 0460876163
Elder Edda, trans. Anthony Orchard • ISBN: 0140435859
The saga of the people of Laxardal, trans. Keneva Kunz, • ISBN: 9780140447750
Egil’s Saga, trans. Bernard Scudder, • ISBN: 9780140447705
The Saga of Grettir the Strong, trans. Bernard Scudder, • ISBN: 0140447733
Course Reader

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the "A" portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.

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SESSION D COURSES: JULY 2-AUGUST 10

Scandinavian R5B, Section 101 (4 units)
Instructor: TBA

Monday-Thursday 9-11
Course Control Number: 82025
221 Wheeler

Reading & Composition Course
Topic TBA

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All Reading & Composition courses must be taken for a letter grade in order to fulfill this requirement for the Bachelor’s Degree. This course satisfies the second half or the “B” portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.

Texts: TBA

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the "A" portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.

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Scandinavian R5B, Section 102 (4 units)
Instructor: TBA

Monday-Thursday 12-2
Course Control Number: 82030
263 Dwinelle

Reading & Composition Course
"Coming of Age in an Ageless World: Looking at Children
and Youth in Nordic Literature and Film"

All Reading & Composition courses must be taken for a letter grade in order to fulfill this requirement for the Bachelor’s Degree. This course satisfies the second half or the “B” portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.

The world of the child is a story or a place revisited by the adult. Through literature and film we observe the ways of the child and the world it inhabits, however, adults create these stories. In this class we will follow the adventures of children and youth and ask ourselves these questions: how can we as adults reconnect to the child within; how much are we seduced by the notion of childhood; and how can memory and imagination deliver a true copy? By way of fairy tales, stories and narratives on film we will ponder what it means to be a child; to have the mind of a child; and to leave childhood behind. On our quest Scandinavian writers and filmmakers, who lead us through the realms of childhood, from pure fantasy in fairytales and in humorous narrative to social realism in film to contemporary stories in autobiographical work, guide us. Our guides will among others be Hans Christian Andersen, Isak Dinesen, Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, Peter Høeg, Ingmar Bergman and August Bille.

This class satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition requirement. As you read the course material you will experience thought processes and emotional reactions prompting ample stuff for discussions. Then as we discuss the course material critical analysis and insight develop supplying you with ideas for writing. Now you are ready to compose your essay, a skill that will be further developed through drafts and peer editing. It is therefore imperative that you are actively engaged in the material, the discussions as well as the writing and composition. Our goal is concise and clear writing, and through multiple class exercises as well as homework assignments you have ample opportunity to practice.

Course Reader:
Hans Christian Andersen: The Traveling Companion and The Snow Queen
Isak Dinesen: The Ring and Peter & Rosa
Peter Høeg: Pity for the Children of Vaden Town
Henrik Ibsen: The Wild Duck
August Strindberg: The Father

Films:
Ingmar Bergman: Fanny & Alexander
Lukas Moodysson: Show Me Love
Bille August: Pelle the Conqueror
Lasse Hallström: My Life as a Dog

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the "A" portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.

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Scandinavian R5B, Section 103 (4 units)
Instructor: TBA

Monday-Thursday 1-3
Course Control Number: 82035
235 Dwinelle

Reading & Composition Course
"Misanthropy, Misogyny, and Murder: Scandinavian Crime Fiction"

All Reading & Composition courses must be taken for a letter grade in order to fulfill this requirement for the Bachelor’s Degree. This course satisfies the second half or the “B” portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.

This course will explore the significance and effects of crime in Scandinavian fiction. We will challenge our understanding of crime and justice as we study complex literary and cinematic representations of offenses against morality, society, and humanity. This course will also explore the strange gender dynamic between criminals and their victims. Analysis of the narrative structure and stylistic presentation of textual suspense will assist our readings, and we will learn how to read and view films critically. Our texts will allow us to examine how the element of crime in Scandinavian literature has evolved from the nineteenth century to the present.

Texts: TBA

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the "A" portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.

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