Yuletide Monsters


Binghamton University

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    Winter 2022-23
  • Instructor
    Kenny Roggenkamp
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The long nights and seasonal celebrations around the winter solstice have been the setting for vividly realized folklore and legends for centuries. In the modern West, those legends tend to center on a benevolent gift-giver who doles out rewards for good behavior throughout the year to the innocent and the good. Earlier legends of this season, however, are much less cheerful, conjuring images of monsters, witches, and the undead. In this course, we will examine several instances of yuletide monsters and hauntings from fifth and sixth-century Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Icelandic sagas including Grettir’s Saga and The Sagas of King Half and King Hrolf. We will then engage with one of the most famous instances of a yuletide haunting from Arthurian literature, reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to examine the role of games and play in Arthur’s court and to question the role of the yuletide season as a marker of time and as a nexus between the ordinary and the supernatural in these wo
Course Area: Humanities
Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
Dates: 12-19-2022 - 01-13-2023
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Instructor: Kenny Roggenkamp
Local Course ID: 22WI_BIN_MDVL280A_01
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