Icelandic Literature – Contemporary Studies I


No prior knowledge of Icelandic is required. This is not a dedicated Icelandic language course, but a study of Icelandic literature in translation. Students will learn various Icelandic phrases, cultural references, and historical attitudes by reading select contemporary Icelandic fiction and poetry.

Course Description

By reading a selection of recently released Icelandic-English texts in translation, participants will gain an understanding of the stylistic range and self-aware perspective to be found in contemporary Icelandic literature. Online class discussions will explore themes of wilderness, mythology, history, national media, and Iceland’s place in the global/economic environment. Supplemented with short in-class materials, the reading list includes: Miss Iceland by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, translated by Brian FitzGibbon, Bloodhoof by Gerður Kristný, translated by Rory McTurk, Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was by Sjón, translated by Victoria Cribb, Stormwarning by Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir, translated by course instructor K.B. Thors, and Öræfi: The Wasteland, by Ófeigur Sigurðsson, translated by Lytton Smith and finalist for the 2019 Best Translated Book Award. Classes will include video conferences with at least one author/translator pair, and very likely more!

Note:  All books available in Kindle editions from Amazon or our affiliate booksellers in the U.S. or Canada, all except “The Blue Blood”—a short online read—available in paperback. An e-mail will be sent that provides links with a special discount.

Cost Per Course

We are not offering this course at this time. 


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