SCANGM06 - Advanced Old Icelandic Literature

Value: 30 credits
Tutor: Dr Erin Goeres
Teaching structure:
one unseen three-hour written examination (50%); one 3,000-word essay (50%).

Module Description:

This module is designed to introduce students to a wide range of Old Norse-Icelandic literature, including less commonly read genres, and encompassing both prose and poetry. There are no set texts: texts and topics to be studied will be agreed by negotiation among the class at the start of the year. Accordingly, the programme will vary from one year to the next and can be adapted to meet the particular interests of the group.

This module requires reading knowledge of Old Icelandic (at least one year of prior study). Candidates’ linguistic ability will be tested in the examination alongside their knowledge and understanding of Old Norse-Icelandic literature.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

  • Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Old Icelandic Literature and Society (Cambridge, 2000).
  • Jónas Kristjánsson, Eddas and Sagas: Iceland’s Medieval Literature (Reykjavík, 1988)
  • Rory McTurk (ed.), A Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture (Oxford, 2007).