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SCAN4202 - Modern Icelandic Literature: Special Topics

Value: 0.5 course units
Tutor:
Dr Helga Luthersdottir
Teaching structure: 2 hour weekly seminar (joint with SCANG014), consisting of lectures, class discussions and student presentations. Moodle to be used as a repository for reading materials as well as for preparatory assignments and forum discussions.
Assessment: One coursework essay of 4000 words (100%).


Module Description:

The module provides a focused approach to selected topics of Icelandic literature from the modern and/or contemporary period. It provides a unique opportunity to delve deeply into the work of a specific author, genre, theme or a movement in the context of the appropriate theoretical framework while simultaneously anchoring the topic in Icelandic literary history. The topic for academic year 2013-14 is Crime in Small Numbers. All assigned readings are in English, although students are welcome to read the texts in the source language. No prior knowledge of Icelandic language or Icelandic literature is required.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

Because SCAN4204- Modern Icelandic Literature: Special Topics is a special topics module, primary readings, as well as topic-specific secondary readings reflect the specific topic to be offered and will be selected by tutor each time the module is offered. The lists below are specifically designed for the Special Topic: Crime in Small Numbers, to be taught in academic year 2013-14. All readings are in English although students are welcome to read the texts in the source language.

Primary Readings:

  • Vilhjálmsson, Thor. Justice Undone. London: Mare's Nest Publishing. 1995
  • Sigurdardottir, Yrsa. I Remember You. London: Hodder & Stoughton. 2012
  • Thorarinsson, Arni. Season of the Witch. Las Vegas: AmazonCrossing. 2012
  • Ingolfsson, Viktor Arnar. House of Evidence. Las Vegas: AmazonCrossing. 2012
  • Indridason, Arnaldur. Silence of the Grave. London: Vintage. 2010
  • Please note that additional texts may be introduced or texts on this list replaced as new texts become available in translation

Films:

  • Reykjavik-Rotterdam. Dir. Óskar Jónasson. Iceland, 2008.
  • Contraband. Dir. Baltasar Kormákur. USA, 2012.

Secondary Readings:

  • Nestingen, Andrew. Crime and Fantasy in Scandinavia: Fiction, Film and Social Change. Seattle and London: U of Washington P. 2008
  • Scaggs, John. Crime Fiction. London and New York: Routledge. 2005
  • Pokalo, K. E. "Early Crime Novels: Icelandic Sagas as Precursors to Scandinavian Crime Fiction" (Conference paper given at the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies)
  • Neijmann, Daisy (ed). A History of Icelandic Literature. Lincoln and London: U of Nebraska P, 2006
  • Óskarsson, Þórir. “From Romanticism to Realism.” In A History of Icelandic Literature. Daisy Neijmann (ed). 251-307.
  • Elísson, Guðni. “From Realism to Neoromanicism.” In A History of Icelandic Literature. Daisy Neijmann (ed). 308-356.
  • Jóhannsson, Jón Yngvi. “Realism and Revolt: Between the World Wars.” In A
    History of Icelandic Literature
    . Daisy Neijmann (ed). 357-403.
  • Eysteinsson, Ástráður and Úlfhildur Dagsdóttir. “Icelandic Prose Literature, 1940-2000.” In A History of Icelandic Literature. Daisy Neijmann (ed). 404-470.
  • Kress, Helga. “Searching for Herself: Female Experience and Female Tradition inIcelandic Literature.” In A History of Icelandic Literature. Daisy Neijmann (ed). 503-551.
  • Additional recommended readings (available in Icelandic only)
  • Gísli Sigurðsson, Matthías V. Sæmundsson, Páll Valsson, Silja Aðalsteinsdóttir, Viðar Hreinsson, Halldór Guðmundsson. Íslensk Bókmenntasaga III. Reykjavík: Mál og menning, 1996.
  • Sæmundsson, Matthías V. “Sagnagerð frá upplýsingu til raunsæis.” In ÍslenskBókmenntasaga III. Árni Ibsen et al. Reykjavík: Mál og menning, 1996. 497-588.