Myth, media and the joy of narration. Receptions of Old Norse Mythology since the Middle Ages. Online Seminar (Thomas Mohnika, University of Strasbourg & Anja Ute Blode, University of Cologne)
Given the increased media presence of elements of Norse mythology and the Norse Middle Ages, the courses will provide an introduction to current issues in Old Norse mythology. The course topic is developed over two courses. Participation in only one course is possible.
Thematically, this first course will focus on an examination of the most important sources, texts, and myths from the reception of the Norse Middle Ages.
Building on this, the second course (in summer 2022) deals with the reception of Norse mythology from the 18th century onwards. A wide variety of sources from classical literature and art history, from the political history of the 1930s/40s, and more recent popular culture will be explored.
In order to encompass the concept of myth in the diverse sources on the Norse Middle Ages, interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological concepts will be drawn upon, such as aspects of memory studies, literary studies, visual culture, media theory, and reception studies.
1) Students will have become familiar with the major sources on Norse mythology (Course 1) and aspects of modern reception (Course 2).
2) Students have become familiar with the most important interdisciplinary theories on the concept of myth and the reception of Norse mythology and can evaluate and apply them.
3) Students will be able to apply the knowledge they have acquired to current adaptations of aspects of Norse mythology, e.g. in TV series or computer games, and critically examine them.
Both course combines weekly instructions via videoconference, online learning and a group presentation.
This first course is rounded off by a two-day seminar in Strasbourg in December.
The seminar is taught via Moodle at the University of Strasbourg.
Students are expected to prepare for the seminars by watching instructional videos, reading relevant assigned literature and participating in a group forum discussion.
Thursday 10-12h Course Language: English
October 14, 2021 - December 18, 2021
Final Symposium 1: 16 - 18 December 2021 in Strasbourg
Until 14/09/2021 via firstname.lastname@example.org
(Kölner Studierende melden sich bitte zusätzlich via Klips 2.0 an)