Well Now There’s At Least One Reason to Enroll at Rice University

Rice University Offering Upper-Division Skyrim Class

It’s true; the real name of the course is Scandinavian Fantasy Worlds: Old Norse Sagas and Skyrim and as far as I can tell it’s a thinly veiled way to get college credit for stomping around Tamriel.  Or, as the syllabus puts it: Rice University Offering Upper-Division Skyrim Class

This course has two goals. First, it introduces students to fantasy as both psychological concept and driving force in gamer culture; and second, using these paradigms, it considers how and why medieval Scandinavia serves as a locus of modern Anglo-American fantasy. To these ends, students will read selections from Old Norse and Old Icelandic sagas (in translation) as they play different quests within Skyrim. While the course begins by identifying moments of intersection between the worlds of the sagas and of Skyrim (inclement environments, supernatural figures, mythologies), the course is not in any means meant to map the former onto the latter. The purpose of establishing these connections is to then consider how elements of medieval Scandinavian culture have been taken out of historical milieu and literary context, morphed into unfamiliar shape, and appropriated towards other fantastic pursuits. We’ll consider the political saga of Skyrim, with its emphasis on Empire and rebellion, as pursuits made possible by way of Scandinavia in order to think through what Scandinavian fantasy worlds are really about and why they resonate with contemporary Anglo-American culture.

 TL;DR BRO. JUST GIVE ME AN A+ I ‘CAUSE I TOTALLY BLUDGEONED 1,000 VILLAGERS TO DEATH WITH MY ENCHANTED MACE OF MOLAG BOR.  KEEP ALL THAT SCRANDOVANIA LIT WHATEVER TO YOURSELF. (via)

Study tool

Advertisements

Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s