NEW! The Magnificent Medieval Norse Sagas
3 sessions, 7.5 hours
Widely recognized as a gem of world literature, the Icelandic sagas created between the 10th and 14th centuries provide a unique view into the times and culture of the Norse and Celtic people who settled in Iceland as well as their unique commonwealth, and their relationship with Norway. Although predominantly written in Old Icelandic and Old Norse prose, this literature also includes some of the finest poetry of the period, and the power of both its poetry and prose is not lost in the modern English translations. Dr. Karen Gray provides an overview of origin, content, and literary characteristics of this literature and illustrates her lectures with image-rich PowerPoint slides and excerpts from some of the most important and masterful saga passages.
Instructor: Karen Gray, Ph.D., received her S.T.B. degree from Harvard Divinity School and her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh where her thesis was on “Religious Atheism in Contemporary Western Thought: A Christian Problem and a Buddhist Perspective.” She recently retired after 20 years with the Smithsonian Associates designing adult study tours. She has had a lifelong fascination with the world’s religions which she approaches with openness and from a scholarly perspective.
ILR407 The Magnificent Medieval Norse Sagas
4-Digit Number: 5383
Fri, 10am-12:30pm, July 14– July 28
Location: Conference Center (E Building) /E106
Tuition: $30 Fee: $69 Total: $99
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only