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assignment Level : Introductive
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Explore with us the fascinating ways of thinking about space in Viking Age and Old Norse culture. Together we will discuss how space is conceptualised and depicted in diverse Old Norse genres and traditions.

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Syllabus

Week 1  

Introduction and course overview: space as a key element of narration and representation

Week 2                                        

Constructing mythological space: Eddic cosmography

Sources: Prose-Edda, Poetic Edda

Week 3                      

Discovering new spaces: geographical and social aspects; memory and space

Sources: Sagas (Grænlendinga saga, Eiríks saga rauða)

Week 4                              

Cosmography: descriptions of the world in texts

Sources: Leiðarvísir (Itinerary of Nikulas)

Week 5                          

Mapping the World: Cartography

Sources: Carta Marina

Week 6 

Spatiality in visual media

Sources: picture-stones, runic inscriptions, paintings, woodcarvings, manuscripts

Week 7 

Archaeology:

Sources:

Week 8 Language and space: spatial thinking in language; place names

Sources:

Conclusion and outlook

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Instructors

  • Sandra Schneeberger - Deutsches Seminar, Abteilung für Nordische Philologie
  • Jürg Glauser - Deutsches Seminar, Abteilung für Nordische Philologie, University of Zurich
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