"Burning ice, biting flame; that is how life began."
--Kevin Crossley-Holland, Norse Myths
"God is the Lord, of angels, and of men--and of elves."
--J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy Stories
Discover the original stories of Odin, Thor, and Loki; learn about the Nine Worlds and the Tree of Life. Explore the world of ice and fire that ignited the imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, William Morris, Richard Wagner, the Brothers Grimm, Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman, Marvel Comics, and more. We will explore the themes of heroism, the search for wisdom, the magic of words, and the clash of gods and giants. We will also learn about the role of Norse mythology in the Western tradition, the effect of the North on storytellers like Tolkien and Lewis, and the mythopoeic pull of the North. Students will study the dazzling stories and rollicking poetry of the Norse legends from Kevin Crossley-Holland’s The Norse Myths and primary sources such as Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda and the Elder Edda (the latter selections will be provided by the teacher). This course will challenge and stretch students’ imaginations through the practice of careful, close reading, memorization, and short writing assignments. For their final assignment students will write their own retelling of a myth.
THIS COURSE IN OFFERED IN THE FALL SEMESTER ONLY.
PLEASE NOTE: We are gauging student interest in this course before opening it for Registration. If you would like to take this class, please click on the "I'M INTERESTED" button below. If we receive sufficient responses, we will endeavor to make the course available for the Fall 2018 term.
Spring '22 Only
(This is a single-semester course.)
Instructor: Tessa Carman, M.F.A
Grade Level: 7th - 12th
Minimum Enrollment: 5
Maximum Class Size: 16
Tuition per Semester: $300
Early Registration Discount (before June 1): 10% off!
Class Meets: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 AM Pacific
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Fall '21 - Spring '22 Registration is Open!
Tessa Carman, M.F.A.
Tessa Carman studied Politics, Philosophy, & Economics (B.A., magna cum laude) at The King’s College in New York City, where she wrote her thesis on George MacDonald’s fairy tales. She also completed her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Seattle Pacific University in 2020.
Her family roots are in northern Minnesota, where her father’s crowded bookshelves, her grandfather’s 400-acre farm, and long cold winters were some of her first tutors.
She continues to pursue her love for literature, languages, theology, and theater with her husband, daughter, and son. Some of her favorite things include going for walks with her family, writing at coffee shops with her husband, hiking in the mountains, studying Old English with friends, baking biscuits and scones, exploring used bookstores, and advocating for the Oxford comma.