SCANDINAVIAN R5B, Section 6: Reading and Composition: Other Worlds in Scandinavian Literature

TuTh 8-9:30 , 106 Wheeler. Instructor: Carl Olsen

Units: 4

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/view, discuss, and write about various Scandinavian texts and films that deal in some way with the theme of Other Worlds or Otherworldliness. Special attention will be given to understanding these texts in their national, regional, and global contexts, along with investigating the utility of various theoretical approaches to understanding these texts. Students will have the opportunity to focus on particular topics or themes that interest them throughout the semester and will write, in addition to several minor assignments, a Critical paper, a Research paper, and a Final paper.

Nils Klim’s Journey Underground, Holberg
Peer Gynt, Henrik Ibsen
Brother’s Lionheart, Astrid Lindgren
Comet in Moominland, Tove Jansson
Kallocain, Karin Boye
Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Peter Høeg
Handling the Undead, John Ajvide Lindqvist

Course Reader

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the first half or “A” portion of the Reading and Composition requirement. Students may not enroll nor attend R1B/R5B courses without completing this prerequisite.