Updated 12/2/10

SCAND 340

Kalevala

Autumn 2010

Prof. Andrew Nestingen

Raitt Hall 305P
Office Hours: Th.1:30-3:30
Tel. 694-9100
Email: akn@uw.edu

 

Purpose of Webpage

 

The webpage outlines the course schedule, furnishes links for lecture notes and discussion questions, and provides announcements, changes, and links related to the course. You’ll be able to determine that the notes and questions are in place by the color of the link: blue indicates they're in place, black they're not.

 

This page is not the course syllabus. If you want to see a PDF file of the syllabus, click here.

 

Course Announcements

 

 
 

Course Schedule 

 

Week 1               Introduction to Finnish Folk Poetry and Kalevala

Th.     9/30

Syllabus Review and Course Introduction

 

Week 2               Kalevala as Oral Poetry and Literature

Tue.     10/5

Lecture: How to Read Oral Poetry -- Evan Wright

How to Read an Oral Poem; "The Cosmos: Introduction"

Keywords: Cosmology, orality, repetition, alliteration

Discussion Questions

Th.       10/7

Lecture: What is Kalevala?

"The Storyteller"

Keywords: Elias Lönnrot, Finnish autonomous grand duchy (1809-1917), epic

Discussion Questions

 

Week 3              Väinämöinen and the Sampo

Tue.     10/12

Lecture: Väinämöinen and Aino

Keywords: Gender, Väinämöinen

Discussion Questions

Th.       10/14

Lecture: Väinämöinen and the Sampo

Keywords: Totem, Symbol

Discussion Questions

 

Response Paper #1 Questions

 

Week 4               Shamanism and Weddings

Tue.     10/19

Lecture: Väinämöinen the Shaman -- Evan Wright

Keywords: Shamanism, Animism, Singing

Discussion Questions

Th.       10/21

Lecture: Weddings

Keywords: Rite of passage, Marriage

Discussion Questions

 

Response Paper #1 Drop Box

 

Week 5             Kullervo and Lemminkäinen

Tue.     10/26

Lecture: Kullervo -- Evan Wright

Keywords: Sacrifice, tragedy

Discussion Questions

Th.       10/28

Lecture: Lemminkäinen

Keywords: Seducer, love

Discussion Questions

                       

Week 6             Kalevala's Trouble with Sex and Gender

Tue.     11/2

Video: Troublemaker's Mother--Nick DiMartino

 

Mid-Term Review Sheet

Th.       11/4

Lecture: Kalevala, Virgin Birth, and Väinämöinen's Departure

Keywords: Allegory, History

 

Week 7              Mid-Term Exam

Tue.     11/9

Mid-Term Exam

Th.       11/11

NO CLASS -- Veterans' Day

 

Week 8               Folklore Traditions to Identity Construction

Tue.     11/16

Lecture: Kalevala's Legacy in the Arts

Reading: What are Kalevala Images Built From?

Keywords: Neo-romanticism, nationalism

Th.       11/18

Viewing: Pathfinder

 

Week 9              Pathfinder  

Tue.     11/23

 View and Discuss Pathfinder and Intro to the Sami

Sami, Cultural Revitalization

"Folklore, Boundaries, and Audience in The Pathfinder"

Th.       11/25

NO CLASS -- Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Week 10             Troll: Choose Your Own Epic

Tue.     11/30

Lecture: Eco-literature and Finnish Folklore -- Evan Wright

Keywords: Postmodernism, nature, eco-literature

Th.       12/2

Lecture: Johanna Sinisalo and Troll -- Special Guest, Sanna Karkulehto, University of Oulu/Rice University

 

Writing #2

  

Week 11           From Epic to Singing Revolution

Tue.     12/7

Lecture: The Baltic Singing Revolutions

 

Final Writing

Th.       12/9

Course Evaluations