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ENG 199SEM - Ub Seminar-Norse Sagas
Ub Seminar-Norse Sagas FRA Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   19183   Enrollment Capacity:   27
Section:   FRA   Enrollment Total:   27
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   0
Dates:   08/31/2020 - 12/11/2020   Status:   CLOSED
Days, Time:   T R , 9:35 AM - 10:50 AM
Room:   Remote view map
Location:   Remote      
In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the tiny nation of Iceland (population at the time of approx. 50,000) created one of the great genres of world literature: the Icelandic saga, the quintessential collection of authentic tales about Vikings. There are at least eight sub-genres of sagas, but it is the Islendingasogur `sagas of Icelanders,? which include more than forty narratives, some as long as three hundred pages, that are most famous and most important in terms of cultural history. In essence it constitutes a heroic literature, but unlike most other heroic literatures of the world, it is a written not an oral tradition, and it is composed in prose not verse; likewise it is a literature by, for, and about not kings and demi-gods but farmers and sheep-herders living in a forbidding climate on a thin-soiled volcanic island in the mid-Atlantic, fifteen hundred kilometers from the Scandinavian mainland. This literary corpus provides an exemplary means to introduce beginning university students to the study of literature not just as the expression of an alien culture (and Viking culture is altogether alien!) but also as an alien aesthetic. But despite its alien nature, this bizarre and initially exasperating literary aesthetic creates some of the most engaging characters in world literature, some of the most dramatically human moral dilemmas, and in the end expresses the essence of Icelandic cultural identity
Enrollment Requirements
Prerequisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  Course Description
The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.
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