This course will introduce students to the Prose Edda, one of the main texts that has preserved Norse mythology from the Middle Ages. Each session will focus on a different story or set of stories from the Edda and other sources of the mythology, giving the students an overview of the various exploits of the Norse pantheon. We will also discuss the variety of difficulties of reconstructing a medieval belief system in the present day, the provenance and origins of the Prose Edda itself, and how this mythology has influenced popular culture.
Instructor: GREGORY GAINES
Greg Gaines is a doctoral student in history at the University of Maine. He holds an M.A. in history from Clark University, and an M.A. in Medieval Icelandic Studies from the University of Iceland. His academic interests are currently focused on ideas of medievalism and immigration, particularly for Scandinavians, around the turn of the twentieth century.