European Storytelling: From Homer to Harry Potter
Fall & Spring | 3 credits | Elective
Related Disciplines: Literature.
Discover the influence of European storytelling in modern forms of literature, from old myths to medieval legends to Grimm fairytales. The course examines stories in their historical context but also explores various theoretical approaches and how traditional stories live on in fantasy, movies, role-playing, and other modern uses.
- Film Viewings
- The class will choose a film to watch together in order to analyze the storytelling structures on which the film relies, offering opportunities for critique and review.
- Open Air Museum
- The class will visit the Open Air Museum in Lyngby where the life of an average Dane from the 18th century is reconstructed. Here, students will not only explore old cottages, watch reenactments, and eat traditional Danish food, but also they will experience storytelling as a device for entertainment, cultural construction, and historical preservation.
Bettina Sejbjerg Sommer
Mag.art. (History of Religion, University of Copenhagen, 2006), specializing in Nordic Religions and Scandinavian Folklore. She teaches Nordic Mythology and the University of Copenhagen in addition to courses about storytelling at DIS. With DIS since 2006.