Medieval Studies

John M Weinstock


Professor EmeritusPhD, Indo-European Linguistics, Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin (Madison)

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John M Weinstock

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Interests


Norse and Scandinavian Literature

Biography


Sami Culture & Civilization, Scandinavian Studies, Norwegian Language & Literature, Scandinavian Music, Scandinavian Linguistics, Old Norse Language & Literature, Wagner's Operas

Courses


MDV 392M • Old Norse

40990 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM BUR 232
(also listed as GER 393K)

An introduction to the language and literature of Iceland mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries. The literature includes the Icelandic family sagas, Snorri’s Prose Edda, the Poetic Edda and the important but little loved skaldic poetry. The readings include excerpts from Hrólfs saga kraka (where B?ðvarr saves H?ttr from having bones thrown at him); from Kormaks saga (Kormak’s odd wooing of Steingerðr); and from Bjarnar saga hítdœlakappa (a bit of the feud between Bj?rn and Þórðr over the love of Oddný). By the end of the semester students will be able to tackle any variety of Icelandic prose with the aid of an Icelandic-English dictionary.

Texts
A New Introduction to Old Norse, Part I – Grammar by Michael Barnes; Part II – Glossary and Index of Names (Second Edition) by Anthony Faulkes; Part III – Reader (Second Edition) by Anthony Faulkes

Grading
Primarily take-home translations

ANT F324L • Midnight Sun People: Sami-W

81405 • Summer 2010
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM GEA 127
(also listed as EUS F346, GRC F327E, R S F357, SCA F327)

Description:
What can a small minority group teach us about peaceful coexistence, sensible use of the environment and a meaningful rapport with the spiritual world?  In this interdisciplinary course we will learn about the Sami, an indigenous people living today mainly in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.  Not too long ago commonly referred to as Lapps or Laplanders and often the victims of discrimination by the majority cultures in the area they inhabit, the Sami have, in recent years, received a greater degree of autonomy and their culture is being studied both by non-Sami scholars and by the Sami themselves.  Sami writers, musicians and graphic artists are being recognized worldwide.

We will first place the Sami in a historical-cultural context by examining factual materials, both historical and contemporary, on the Sami’s social and economic systems, religion, customs and values.  Many of the readings will have an outsider’s point of view, but there will be materials written by Sami scholars as well. In the major portion of the course we will view the Sami primarily from within; the Sami will present themselves through their literature, film, music and art.

This is a course with a Substantial Writing Component.

Required Reading:
Valkeapää, Nils-Aslak. The Sun, My Father.
Lehtola, Veli-Pekka. The Sámi People.
Gaski, Harald. In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun – Contemporary Sami Prose and Poetry.
Gaski, Harald. Sami Culture in a New Era: The Norwegian Sami Experience.
Gaup, Ailo. In Search of the Drum.
Gaup, Ailo. Night Between the Days or Jenssen, Frank A. The Salt Bin or Helander, Elina and Kaarina Kailo. No beginning, no end.
Stien, Laila. Antiphony.
Other texts at: https://webspace.utexas.edu/jmwein/sami (abbrev. WS: SámiSyllabus, SamiLoan, SamiExpressions)

Grading:
Informal writing: abstracts, summaries, etc. (20%)
Formal writing: research essay(s) totaling 3000 words: (40%)
Film review of Pathfinder, a film retelling an old Sami legend.  At least 4 pages (10%).
Exams (20%)
Class Participation (10%)

EUS 346 • Midnight Sun People: Sami-W

36115 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.216

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EUS 347 • Vikings And Their Literature-W

36255 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM RLM 6.112

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EUS 347 • Wagner's Ring Of Nibelung-W

36550 • Fall 2009
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM JES A305A

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EUS 346 • Midnight Sun People: Sami-W

35595 • Spring 2009
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM JES A305A

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EUS 347 • Vikings And Their Literature-W

35660 • Spring 2009
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM JES A307A

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EUS 346 • Midnight Sun People-W

36650 • Fall 2008
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 2.124

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EUS 347 • Wagner's Ring Of Nibelung-W

36725 • Fall 2008
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM JES A305A

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GER 393K • Synchronic Ling: Translation

37015 • Spring 2006
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM JES A203A

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SCA F327 • Midnight Sun People-W

85365 • Summer 2005
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM GEO 2.202

WRITING FLAG COURSE

Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) was arguably the greatest filmmaker of the twentieth century.  His career spanned over sixty years and includes such works as the sophisticated comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), the allegorical Seventh Seal (1957), the avant-garde Persona (1966), the masterful television adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (1975), and the television miniseries Fanny and Alexander (1982).  He also wrote novels, plays, and scripts for many other filmmakers, including Bille August and Liv Ullmann.  In 2003, he directed the television film Saraband (2003), and in recent years, many of his films have been adapted for the stage.

This course is an introduction both to the films of Ingmar Bergman and to the viewing of films in general.  We will look at representative films by this prolific and gifted filmmaker, considering them in the contexts of the director's life, Scandinavian culture, and issues of film theory and aesthetics. 

ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING:  One two-page paper (5%); one five-page paper which may be rewritten (25%); one storyboard (10%) accompanied by a five-page essay (25%), and five quizzes (25%; you may drop the lowest grade).   Class participation will count 10%.

REQUIRED TEXTS (for purchase and available on reserve at PCL):

Bordwell and Thompson:  Film Art:  An Introduction.  9th ed.; 6th ed. on reserve: PN 1995 B617 2001

 Peter Cowie:  Ingmar Bergman, PN 1998 A3 B46147 1982

Braudy and Cohen:  Film Theory and Criticism (FTC on syllabus), 6th ed. on reserve:  PN1995 B617 2001

RECOMMENDED:

Birgitta Steene:  Ingmar Bergman:  A Reference Guide.  (U of Amsterdam Press):  PN1998 A3 B46829 2005

French and French:  Wild Strawberries (BFI Film Classics):  PN 1997 S63 F74 1995

FILMS:

Port of Call, Prison, Monika, Sawdust and Tinsel, Smiles of a Summer Night, Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, Through a Glass Darkly,  Persona, Hour of the Wolf, The Passion of Anna, Cries and Whispers, Scenes from a Marriage,  The Magic Flute, Fanny and Alexander, Document:  Fanny and Alexander, Saraband

SCA F327 • Midnight Sun People: Sami-W

85260 • Summer 2004
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM GEO 2.202

WRITING FLAG COURSE

Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) was arguably the greatest filmmaker of the twentieth century.  His career spanned over sixty years and includes such works as the sophisticated comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), the allegorical Seventh Seal (1957), the avant-garde Persona (1966), the masterful television adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (1975), and the television miniseries Fanny and Alexander (1982).  He also wrote novels, plays, and scripts for many other filmmakers, including Bille August and Liv Ullmann.  In 2003, he directed the television film Saraband (2003), and in recent years, many of his films have been adapted for the stage.

This course is an introduction both to the films of Ingmar Bergman and to the viewing of films in general.  We will look at representative films by this prolific and gifted filmmaker, considering them in the contexts of the director's life, Scandinavian culture, and issues of film theory and aesthetics. 

ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING:  One two-page paper (5%); one five-page paper which may be rewritten (25%); one storyboard (10%) accompanied by a five-page essay (25%), and five quizzes (25%; you may drop the lowest grade).   Class participation will count 10%.

REQUIRED TEXTS (for purchase and available on reserve at PCL):

Bordwell and Thompson:  Film Art:  An Introduction.  9th ed.; 6th ed. on reserve: PN 1995 B617 2001

 Peter Cowie:  Ingmar Bergman, PN 1998 A3 B46147 1982

Braudy and Cohen:  Film Theory and Criticism (FTC on syllabus), 6th ed. on reserve:  PN1995 B617 2001

RECOMMENDED:

Birgitta Steene:  Ingmar Bergman:  A Reference Guide.  (U of Amsterdam Press):  PN1998 A3 B46829 2005

French and French:  Wild Strawberries (BFI Film Classics):  PN 1997 S63 F74 1995

FILMS:

Port of Call, Prison, Monika, Sawdust and Tinsel, Smiles of a Summer Night, Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, Through a Glass Darkly,  Persona, Hour of the Wolf, The Passion of Anna, Cries and Whispers, Scenes from a Marriage,  The Magic Flute, Fanny and Alexander, Document:  Fanny and Alexander, Saraband

SCA F327 • Midnight Sun People: Sami-W

85340 • Summer 2003
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM GAR 215

WRITING FLAG COURSE

Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) was arguably the greatest filmmaker of the twentieth century.  His career spanned over sixty years and includes such works as the sophisticated comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), the allegorical Seventh Seal (1957), the avant-garde Persona (1966), the masterful television adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (1975), and the television miniseries Fanny and Alexander (1982).  He also wrote novels, plays, and scripts for many other filmmakers, including Bille August and Liv Ullmann.  In 2003, he directed the television film Saraband (2003), and in recent years, many of his films have been adapted for the stage.

This course is an introduction both to the films of Ingmar Bergman and to the viewing of films in general.  We will look at representative films by this prolific and gifted filmmaker, considering them in the contexts of the director's life, Scandinavian culture, and issues of film theory and aesthetics. 

ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING:  One two-page paper (5%); one five-page paper which may be rewritten (25%); one storyboard (10%) accompanied by a five-page essay (25%), and five quizzes (25%; you may drop the lowest grade).   Class participation will count 10%.

REQUIRED TEXTS (for purchase and available on reserve at PCL):

Bordwell and Thompson:  Film Art:  An Introduction.  9th ed.; 6th ed. on reserve: PN 1995 B617 2001

 Peter Cowie:  Ingmar Bergman, PN 1998 A3 B46147 1982

Braudy and Cohen:  Film Theory and Criticism (FTC on syllabus), 6th ed. on reserve:  PN1995 B617 2001

RECOMMENDED:

Birgitta Steene:  Ingmar Bergman:  A Reference Guide.  (U of Amsterdam Press):  PN1998 A3 B46829 2005

French and French:  Wild Strawberries (BFI Film Classics):  PN 1997 S63 F74 1995

FILMS:

Port of Call, Prison, Monika, Sawdust and Tinsel, Smiles of a Summer Night, Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, Through a Glass Darkly,  Persona, Hour of the Wolf, The Passion of Anna, Cries and Whispers, Scenes from a Marriage,  The Magic Flute, Fanny and Alexander, Document:  Fanny and Alexander, Saraband

NOR 612 • Accelerated Second-Year Nor

34075 • Spring 2003
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM EPS 4.108

Course Description:

Third and fourth semester Norwegian in which the students read copiously from a variety of texts, solidify their knowledge of Norwegian grammar and discuss the readings in Norwegian. The reading materials present a broad cross-section of Norwegian culture both past and present. Writing in Norwegian is also stressed.

Texts:

Lie and Aarsvold,  Sett i gang 2 (textbook). Lie and Aarsvold,  Sett i gang 2 (workbook).

NOR 604 • Accelerated First-Year Nor

34665 • Fall 2002
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM EPS 4.102A

Description:

Norwegian 604 is the first of two semesters of the accelerated Norwegian sequence and emphasizes three main areas: 1) learning Norwegian vocabulary, structures and functions; 2) using the four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening; and 3) exploring Norwegian and American cultures as well as culture in general.

 

Texts/Readings

Sett i gang, Aarsvold & Lie

 

Grading/Requirements

Skills Development (40%)

25%: Written Assignments
15%: Oral Assignments

Skills Assessment (47.5%)

20%: Oral Assessments (5% each)
15%: Test Chapters (5% each)
7.5%: Book I exam 5
5% Quizzes

Misc. (12.5%)

7.5%: Participation (active participation in and preparation for class)
5%:  Cultural Activities

SCA F327 • Midnight Sun People: Sami-W

85510 • Summer 2002
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM GAR 215

WRITING FLAG COURSE

Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) was arguably the greatest filmmaker of the twentieth century.  His career spanned over sixty years and includes such works as the sophisticated comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), the allegorical Seventh Seal (1957), the avant-garde Persona (1966), the masterful television adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (1975), and the television miniseries Fanny and Alexander (1982).  He also wrote novels, plays, and scripts for many other filmmakers, including Bille August and Liv Ullmann.  In 2003, he directed the television film Saraband (2003), and in recent years, many of his films have been adapted for the stage.

This course is an introduction both to the films of Ingmar Bergman and to the viewing of films in general.  We will look at representative films by this prolific and gifted filmmaker, considering them in the contexts of the director's life, Scandinavian culture, and issues of film theory and aesthetics. 

ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING:  One two-page paper (5%); one five-page paper which may be rewritten (25%); one storyboard (10%) accompanied by a five-page essay (25%), and five quizzes (25%; you may drop the lowest grade).   Class participation will count 10%.

REQUIRED TEXTS (for purchase and available on reserve at PCL):

Bordwell and Thompson:  Film Art:  An Introduction.  9th ed.; 6th ed. on reserve: PN 1995 B617 2001

 Peter Cowie:  Ingmar Bergman, PN 1998 A3 B46147 1982

Braudy and Cohen:  Film Theory and Criticism (FTC on syllabus), 6th ed. on reserve:  PN1995 B617 2001

RECOMMENDED:

Birgitta Steene:  Ingmar Bergman:  A Reference Guide.  (U of Amsterdam Press):  PN1998 A3 B46829 2005

French and French:  Wild Strawberries (BFI Film Classics):  PN 1997 S63 F74 1995

FILMS:

Port of Call, Prison, Monika, Sawdust and Tinsel, Smiles of a Summer Night, Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, Through a Glass Darkly,  Persona, Hour of the Wolf, The Passion of Anna, Cries and Whispers, Scenes from a Marriage,  The Magic Flute, Fanny and Alexander, Document:  Fanny and Alexander, Saraband

SCA F327 • Midnight Sun People: Sami-W

84985 • Summer 2000
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM EPS 4.104

WRITING FLAG COURSE

Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) was arguably the greatest filmmaker of the twentieth century.  His career spanned over sixty years and includes such works as the sophisticated comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), the allegorical Seventh Seal (1957), the avant-garde Persona (1966), the masterful television adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (1975), and the television miniseries Fanny and Alexander (1982).  He also wrote novels, plays, and scripts for many other filmmakers, including Bille August and Liv Ullmann.  In 2003, he directed the television film Saraband (2003), and in recent years, many of his films have been adapted for the stage.

This course is an introduction both to the films of Ingmar Bergman and to the viewing of films in general.  We will look at representative films by this prolific and gifted filmmaker, considering them in the contexts of the director's life, Scandinavian culture, and issues of film theory and aesthetics. 

ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING:  One two-page paper (5%); one five-page paper which may be rewritten (25%); one storyboard (10%) accompanied by a five-page essay (25%), and five quizzes (25%; you may drop the lowest grade).   Class participation will count 10%.

REQUIRED TEXTS (for purchase and available on reserve at PCL):

Bordwell and Thompson:  Film Art:  An Introduction.  9th ed.; 6th ed. on reserve: PN 1995 B617 2001

 Peter Cowie:  Ingmar Bergman, PN 1998 A3 B46147 1982

Braudy and Cohen:  Film Theory and Criticism (FTC on syllabus), 6th ed. on reserve:  PN1995 B617 2001

RECOMMENDED:

Birgitta Steene:  Ingmar Bergman:  A Reference Guide.  (U of Amsterdam Press):  PN1998 A3 B46829 2005

French and French:  Wild Strawberries (BFI Film Classics):  PN 1997 S63 F74 1995

FILMS:

Port of Call, Prison, Monika, Sawdust and Tinsel, Smiles of a Summer Night, Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, Through a Glass Darkly,  Persona, Hour of the Wolf, The Passion of Anna, Cries and Whispers, Scenes from a Marriage,  The Magic Flute, Fanny and Alexander, Document:  Fanny and Alexander, Saraband

NOR 612 • Accelerated Second-Year Nor

33810 • Spring 2000
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM GAR 203

Course Description:

Third and fourth semester Norwegian in which the students read copiously from a variety of texts, solidify their knowledge of Norwegian grammar and discuss the readings in Norwegian. The reading materials present a broad cross-section of Norwegian culture both past and present. Writing in Norwegian is also stressed.

Texts:

Lie and Aarsvold,  Sett i gang 2 (textbook). Lie and Aarsvold,  Sett i gang 2 (workbook).

Publications


Two Champions of Sami Literature and Culture. L’image du Sápmi III. Études comparées. Textes réunis par Kajsa Andersson. Humanistisca Oerebroensia. Artes et linguae. (Summary in Norwegian)

At the frontier: Saami linguistics aided by other disciplines. Advances in Nordic Linguistics. Ed. Martin Hilpert, Janet Duke, Christine Mertzlufft, Jan-Ola Östman, and Michael Rießler. FRIAS 'Linguae et Litterae' series, De Gruyter Mouton

Assimilation of the Sami: Its Unforeseen Effects on the Majority Populations of Scandinavia. Scandinavian Studies, forthcoming.

“Genetic heterogeneity in Scandinavia: Not only the Sami.” L’image du Sápmi II. Études comparées. Textes réunis par Kajsa Andersson. Humanistisca Oerebroensia. Artes et linguae.

Weinstock, J.M. (2009, December) Thoughts About Saami Prehistory. Samar som “den andre”, samar om “den andre”: Identitet og etnisitet i nordiske kulturmøte. Else Mundal & Håkan Rydving (red.). Saami dutkan – Samiska studier – Saami Studies 6. Umeå universitet.

Weinstock, J.M. (2009, December) What Goes Around Comes Around: Sámi Time and the Question of Indigeneity. ELA.

Weinstock, J.M., Laila Stien.. & Tr. John Weinstock.. (2007) Antiphony. Nordic Studies Press, Chicago..

Weinstock, J.M. (2005, July) The Role of Skis and Skiing in the Settlement of Early Scandinavia. The Northern Review #25/26.

Weinstock, J.M. (2003) Skis and Skiing: From the Stone Age to the Birth of the Sport. Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press.

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