Icelandic Literature – Contemporary Studies I

 

Prerequisite

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

CAD 450 + HST (13% tax) for 12 classes, once a week for 12 weeks

Special promo:  Register on or before September 15th and get $50 off

Schedule

FALL 2020

VIRTUAL CLASS on Tuesdays, 6 to 8 pm EST Toronto/NYC (18.00-20.00)
September 22 to December 8, 2020  Register for this class.

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Location

THIS IS A VIRTUAL CLASS AND TAKES PLACE USING GOOGLE CHAT in Eastern Time (Toronto/NYC). Instructions on how to join will be sent prior to the first class date.

You can join a WAIT LIST if the class is full. Additional classes may be added as they fill up, and we’ll contact you if a space opens up.

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