From Norse Sagas to Arthurian Legends
Come jump into the world of Norse mythology and the tales of King Arthur! This five-week class explores many themes and motifs from: 1) Norse Myths such as the Volsung Saga (the Nibelungenlied in German) which follows the exploits of Sigurd, the lives destroyed by Andvari's cursed ring, Otter's Wergild, Fafnir's treasure, Brynhild, the fallen Valkyrie/Shieldmaiden) as well as The Death of Baldur and Ragnarok; 2) Arthurian legends, including the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin, the Sword in the Stone, the Quest for the Holy Grail and the love triangle between Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot – noting the many parallels in Norse mythology. Each class combines brief lectures with live reading, as well as visual presentations and handouts.
Sterling Warner, a poet, author, essayist and educator, specializes in teaching all levels of creative writing, world mythology and global literature. Warner’s works include: Thresholds (©1997), Projections: Brief Readings on American Culture (2nd edition, ©2003), Anthology of World Literature [Since the 17th Century] (6th edition, ©2017) and Visions Across the Americas (8th edition, ©2013). Warner’s poetry, fiction and nonfiction appears in various literary magazines, anthologies and journals. Additionally, he wrote five collections of poetry: Without Wheels (2005), ShadowCat: Poems (2008), Edges: Poems (2012), Memento Mori: A Chapbook Redux (2015) and Rags and Feathers (2016). Currently, Warner is assembling a collection of flash fiction. Warner presently lives in Union, Washington and teaches extension courses for Western Washington University on the Peninsulas.
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Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019
Kingston (Village Green)
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