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