The seeds for this colleciton of articles on teaching sagas and Scandinavian literature were planted at several panels and roundtables, primarily at the numerous gatherings of the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where it became clear that many scholars were dealing with the same issues in advocating Old Norse literature and culture.  These essays represent a cross section of conversations that arose durng that time and continue to draw out meaningful  dialogue among academics and argument for the value of the material itself as part of existing course structures and curricular demand.  Hopefully the collection will inspire others to engage with Old Norse literature  and culture in various types of courses and approaches, in turn building student interest in medieval study and analysis, and increasing retention and scholarly engagement.

Separate from the collection are a few independent articles and book reviews—delayed as the result of a sizeable backlog of submissions and analysis of literary work.

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Spring 2018 (Volume 25, Issue 1)

TEACHING SAGAS AND SCANDINAVIAN LITERATURE (special collection guest edited by Andrew M. Pfrenger and John P. Sexton)

  • JOHN P. SEXTON  Teaching Old Norse Literature: An Introduction
  • TOM BIRKETT  The Clontarf Effect: Teaching Old Norse in the Year of the Vikings
  • ANDREW M. PFRENGER  From godi to storgodi: Teaching the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries through Eyrbygja Saga
  • ERIC SHANE BRYAN  Back the Way We Came! The Place of Old Norse in the History of the English Language
  • ERIC R. CARLSON  Njal's Saga as the Keystone Text in the Interdisciplinary Classroom
  • DAVID STEVENS  Big Man on Campus: Egil's Saga in a Secondary School Classroom
  • JOHN P. SEXTON and HEATHER J. NABBEFELD  The Broad Bridge: Approach Papers as an Introduction to Old Norse Studies
  • KISHA TRACEY  Afterword: Teaching and Learning Response: Saga Studies as High-Impact Practice

MICHAEL J. BERNTSEN  Paradise Reflected: Using Web Adaptations to Help Teach Milton's Paradise Lost

ERIC DUNNUM  The Ambiguity of Consent: Teaching Rape Culture alongside Marlowe's Hero and Leander and the Renaissance Sonnet

MARCUS K. HARMES  Bringing Languages to Life: Classical Educations and Their Afterlives

JULIA COZZARELLI  Teaching Ugolino's Choice in the Undergraduate Classroom: A Multidisciplinary Approach

ELIZABETH ROBERTSON  Book Review: Working Women in English Society 1300-1600, by Marjorie Keniston McIntosh

STEPHANIE VOLF  Book Review: Women, Crusading and the Holy Land in Historical Narrative, by Natasha R. Hodgson

WINTHROP WETHERBEE  Book Review: Authorship and First-Person Allegory in Late Medieval France and England, by Stephanie A. Viereck Gibbs Kamath

ROBERT GRAYBILL  Book Review: The Musical Sounds of Medieval French Cities: Players, Patrons, and Politics, by Gretchen Peters

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