REGISTER NOW FOR NORSE MYTHOLOGY CLASSES IN CHICAGO!
|An 18th-century Edda manuscript|
February 27 - April 24
(no class on March 27)
Wednesdays, 5:45pm - 7:45pm
Instructor: Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried
60 W Walton St
Chicago IL 60610
$190 General Public
$171 Associate Members
$171 Seniors / Students
Take a tour through the Eddas, two medieval texts that are primary sources of information about Norse mythology. We will explore tales of gods and goddesses such as mighty Thor, mystical Odin, and mysterious Freya as we examine the stories that inspired Richard Wagner, J.R.R. Tolkien, Led Zeppelin, and Marvel Comics.
|Snorri Sturluson on an|
Icelandic postage stamp
Dr. Seigfried will help students gain a deep understanding of both Eddas, which reference a plethora of other sources – many of which have been lost. Multimedia class presentations will incorporate elements of anthropology, archaeology, comparative religion, cultural studies, history, literary criticism and linguistics. Class sessions will include:
• Discussion of primary documents, scholarly analysis (historical and current) and artistic interpretations
• Placement of the Eddas in a wider context of historical events – such as northern Europe’s conversion to Christianity
• Relation of seemingly fantastic mythic elements to religious ritual – including Saami-derived shamanism (as described in saga literature) and pre-Christian Germanic practices (recorded in Roman sources)
• Examination of the role of sexuality in the mythology and evidence for changing roles of women in Norse society
• Consideration of the ways in which the Eddas represent an intermediate stage in the descent from religion to myth to legend to fairy tale to superstition.
|We'll meet the giantess|
Skaði in class, too!
|Chicago's beautiful and historic Newberry Library|
Questions? Contact Dr. Seigfried via this page.
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