Cours de civilisation – niveau Master

Modules de master transversal proposée conjointement par le Département d’études néerlandaise et le département d’études scandinaves. Pendant les cours, qui se veut éminemment interactif et interdisciplinaire, les étudiants travaillent et discutent en autonomie de sujets de recherche sélectionnés en accord avec les enseignants. La thématique générale évolue chaque année.

Chemins du Nord. Approches littéraires, culturelles et linguistiques
LG61EM30 (1er semestre)
LG61FM30 (2 e semestre)

2021/22 : En ligne et à présence. En anglais en collaboration avec l’Université de Cologne dans le cadre du réseau Jolnes en études scandinaves.

Myth, Media and the Joy of Narration. Receptions of Old Norse Mythology since the Middle Ages

(Thomas Mohnike, University of Strasbourg; Anja Ute Blode, University of Cologne)

Given the increasing media presence of elements of Norse mythology and the Norse Middle Ages, the courses will provide an introduction to current issues in Old Norse mythology. Thematically, the first course will focus on an examination of the most important sources, texts, and myths from the reception of the Norse Middle Ages. Building on this, the second course deals with the reception of Norse mythology from the 18th century onwards. A wide variety of sources from classical literature and art history, from the political history of the 1930s/40s, and more recent popular culture will be explored.

In order to encompass the concept of myth in the diverse sources on the Norse Middle Ages, interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological concepts will be drawn upon, such as aspects of memory studies, literary studies, visual culture, media theory, and reception studies.

Learning Objectives:

1) Students will have become familiar with the major sources on Norse mythology (Course 1) and aspects of modern reception (Course 2).

2) Students have become familiar with the most important interdisciplinary theories on the concept of myth and the reception of Norse mythology and can evaluate and apply them.

3) Students will be able to apply the knowledge they have acquired to current adaptations of aspects of Norse mythology, e.g. in TV series or computer games, and critically examine them.


The course combines weekly instructions via videoconference, online learning and a group presentation. The course is rounded off by two-day seminars in Strasbourg in December and in Cologne in May. Students are expected to prepare for the seminars by watching instructional videos, reading relevant assigned literature and participating in a group forum discussion.

Course Dates:

October 14, 2021 – December 18, 2021

Final Symposium 1: 16 – 18 December 2021 in Strasbourg

Sessions: Thursday 10-12h

Course Language: English

Registration: Until 14/09/2021 via

Participants with special needs are welcome to contact us before the course starts.

The second part of the course will take place in:

Spring/Summer term 2022

Making Myth Visible. Aesthetics of Norse Mythology between National Romanticism and Contemporary Receptions

Course Dates:

March 21, 2022 – May 06, 2022

Final Symposium 2: 04 – 06 May 2022 in Cologne