SCANDINAVIAN 220: Early Scandinavian Literature: The Beginnings of Old Norse Literature

M 1-4 , 6415 Dwinelle. Instructor: Jonas Wellendorf

Units: 4

This seminar will focus on the earliest phase of Old Norse (written) literature and the core philological skills of medieval Scandinavian studies; including reading, transcribing, dating, and normalizing original Old Norse texts from facsimiles. We will also consider editorial practices and the history of Old Norse studies.

Texts: We will read the First Grammatical Treatise, Íslendingabók, Hungrvaka and other pre-classical Icelandic and Norwegian texts. Secondary readings will be in English and the modern Scandinavian languages.

Prerequisite: At least one semester of Old Norse-Icelandic.