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Nordvig, Mathias Instructor

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Research

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  • I work with pre-Christian Scandinavian mythology and religion (Old Norse or Viking Age mythology and religion). I take an interest in the oral background to the medieval Icelandic literature, its ecological context, and contemporary applications such as Neo-paganism and the use of the Scandinavian past in politics. I also research Scandinavian witchcraft and occultism.

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  • Norse, Old Norse, Vikings, Viking Age, Norse Mythology, Old Norse Mythology, Scandinavian mythology, Nordic mythology, medieval Scandinavia, medieval Norway, medieval Iceland, pre-Christian Scandinavian religion

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Teaching

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  • DANE 1010 - Beginning Danish 1-DILS
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provides practical, communicative language skills for use in a variety of situations. Examines basic language structure and grammatical forms. Introduces students to Danish history and contemporary culture and society.
  • DANE 1020 - Beginning Danish II-DILS
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Provides practical, communicative language skills for use in a variety of situations. Examines basic language structure and grammatical forms. Introduces students to Danish history and contemporary culture and society. Department enforce prerequisite: DANE 1010 (min grade C-).
  • DANE 2010 - Intermediate Danish I - DILS
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Building on the skills that the students have acquired in Beginners Danish I-II, this course offers additional reading, writing, speaking and verbal comprehension. Students will learn to conduct business at a government office, talk about holidays and festivals and discuss conservation and environmental protection. They will read and write small texts, becoming exposed to differences between written and spoken Danish.
  • DANE 2020 - Intermediate Danish II - DILS
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    Offers extensive reading, writing, speaking and verbal comprehension skills in Danish. The students will discuss Danish history, cultural differences and stereotypes, politics, social groups, learn how to write letters and email in Danish, read short texts and write short essays on the above topics.
  • IAFS 3631 - Arctic Society and Culture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Investigates representations of the Arctic in literature, art, cinema, media and scientific, and geographical writing over the past century and a half, spanning material from North America, Britain, continental Europe and the Nordic region. Interpretive approaches include ecocriticism; post-colonialism; literary studies; indigenous studies; visual, film and media theory; Cold War studies. Same as SCAN 3631.
  • SCAN 2202 - The Vikings
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021
    Examines the social, cultural, technological, and artistic backgrounds of the Viking experience, charting the history of the period both within the Nordic region and Europe as well as North America. Additionally, looks at some of the lasting influences of the Vikings on Western civilization. Taught in English.
  • SCAN 3202 - Old Norse Mythology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021
    Surveys the mythology and heathen cult practices of the Old Norse world. Students learn to read mythological texts and study the major gods (Odin, Thor, Frey and Freyja, among others), along with other mythological beings. Examines and evaluates evidence for beliefs and cult practices in texts, art, archeological finds and other sources. Taught in English.
  • SCAN 3203 - 19th & 20th Century Nordic Literature
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Examines the Nordic region's influence on social realism, expressionism, and postwar literature, including such themes as women in society, nature and industrialization, and identity and angst. May include works by Ibsen, Strindberg, Dinesen, and Nobel Prize winners Lagerlof, Hamsun, Undset, and Lagerkvist. Taught in English.
  • SCAN 3204 - Medieval Icelandic Sagas
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Summer 2020
    Advanced introduction to medieval Icelandic saga with readings in the family, outlaw, skald, and legendary sagas as well as the main scholarly approaches to this unique literature. Topics include honor, blood feud, fate, sexuality/gender, oral composition, and legend. Taught in English.
  • SCAN 3302 - Witchcraft and Magic in Scandinavia
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    Investigates witchcraft and magic in Scandinavian cultures from the Viking Age to the Burning Age. The class examines witchcraft and magic in the broad perspective of Scandinavian cultural history, tracing traditions of magic from the earliest sources in runes to film and literature in the modern era. We will investigate the styles of magic and cultural attitudes to it in Iceland, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden.
  • SCAN 3631 - Arctic Society and Culture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Investigates representations of the Arctic in literature, art, cinema, media and scientific, and geographical writing over the past century and a half, spanning material from North America, Britain, continental Europe and the Nordic region. Interpretive approaches include ecocriticism; post-colonialism; literary studies; indigenous studies; visual, film and media theory; Cold War studies. Same as IAFS 3631.

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