Description: Seminar, three hours. Exploration of how character interactions can be used as basis for developing social network view of stage on which saga action plays out. Examination of how best to model sagas as dynamic social networks and learn about metrics and analytical approaches from social network analysis (SNA) that deepen understanding of saga actions. SNA provides additional opportunity to explore hypothetical situations and recognize alternative social pathways that may have led to other types of community formations. Study of Icelandic saga toward increasing complexity, developing understanding of characters and character roles, and using this as basis of preliminary investigations. P/NP or letter grading.
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