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E 397: BARBARIANS

Schedule

We meet M 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm in SC W211

WEEK 13 Middle High German

M 18 Apr.

  • No class.

 

T 18 April

Topic: Display and Exteriority

Q. How does one display one's success? What external markers tell others that you are successful? How does ritual and display shape our understanding of personal worth? Consider the many court scenes in the poem, the descriptions of dress and pageantry. What is the political purpose of display in the poem's many courts? How do people achieve their goals through dress, refined speech, correct action? Compare that to a modern narrative style that pretends that we can see into people's minds.

 

W 19 April

Topic: Violence, Ambition, and Statecraft

Q. Consider the character of Hagen and of Kreimhild. How are they shaped by circumstances? What does each want? Are they after an ideal—an ideal state, an ideal life, an ideal love? Can their ambitions be realized? How? What purpose does it serve the narrative to have these issues played out in the court of Attila the Hun?

 

DUE FRIDAY: 1000-word paper on the sources of the Nibelungenlied.

You might compare a section to the Volsung Saga or any of the following (from Carol Larrington's Poetic Edda): "The Death of Sinflioti," "Gripir's Prophecy," "The Lay of Regin," "Lay of Fafnir," "The Lay of Sigrdrifa," "The First Lay of Gudrun," "Short Poem about Sigurd," "Brynhild's Ride to Hell," "Second Lay of Gudrun," "Third Lay of Gudrun," Oddrun's Lament," "Lay of Attli"

• Here is Theodore Andersson on some sources for Adventure 26 of the poem.

• Here is Albrecht Classen on the meaning of food in the poem.

Key:

class N   holiday N
final project N   thing N

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Academic Schedule

LINKS.

UMass Library
Google Books
Search Anglo-Saxon Poetry
Old English Newsletter Bib
Anglo-Saxon Bibliography

Germanic Lexicon Project
Bosworth-Toller (partial)
The Labyrinth
Medieval Sourcebook
Norse Saga Net
Anglo-Saxon Charters
Siever's Heliand
Bible (Douay-Rheims)
Dum├ęzil, Norse Gods
Klaeber, Beowulf

Manuscripts of St. Gall

ISAS
Old English at UVa
Viking Ship Museum

 

Warning! Jingoistic anti-Roman revisionism, but nevertheless informative:

VIDEO: The Ancient Celts
VIDEO: The Goths
VIDEO: The Barbarian Tribes