Taught in English. One course offered each semester. Students with knowledge of Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish are encouraged to read the texts in the original.
   
Swedish-Comp. Lit W3260 - Scandinavian Drama and Film
3 points
A review and analysis of outstanding Scandinavian contributions to drama and film, from the beginnings of the Danish theatre in the 1700s, through Ibsen and Strindberg in the 19th century, up to recent cinematic works.
 
Swedish-Comp. Lit W3400 - Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and Children's Literature in Scandinavia
3 points
The common narrative strategies of folk tales, fairy tales, and children's literature are examined by sampling the abundance of tales and stories produced in Scandinavia, from centuries past through the present.
 
Swedish-Comp. Lit W3500 - Introduction to Scandinavian Culture
3 points
Discussion of the cultures of the Nordic countries since Viking times, illustrated through oral traditions, literature, and film. Texts include Viking writing as well as medieval ballads, folk tales, fairy tales, and a national epic, dramas by Ibsen and Strindberg, and fiction by women writers. Films from the silents through Bergman and others.
   
Swedish-Comp. Lit W3270 - Ingmar Bergman and the Development of Scandinavian Film
3 points
All films with English subtitles. Scandinavian film starting with the silent Janus profiles of Victor Sjöstram and Mauritz Stiller through the contributions of Danish master filmmaker Carl Dreyer, to the dominance of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman in the last half of the century. After assigned readings and viewing, the class analyzes works. New filmmakers since the 1960s include Widerberg, Sjöman, Hallström, and August.
 
Swedish-Comp. Lit W3610 - Scandinavian Writing Since The Sixties
3 points
This course will examine the literature of the five Nordic nations (through English translations) from the 1960s to the present-a period marked by a flourishing experimentation (e.g., new political poetry, documentarism, satires of bureaucracy, and political-historical fiction) as well as a reaffirmation of traditional forms (epics of generations of welfare-state citizens, psychological dramas, and poems of elegant imagery, word play, and symbolism). Writers read will include Peter Høeg and Inger Christiansen from Denmark; Gerd. Brantenberg, Torbjørg Wassmo, and Knut Faldbakken from Norway; Kerstin Ekman, P. O. Enquist, Göran Palm, P. C. Jersild, Tomas Tranströmer, Kristina Lugn, Lars Norén, Sara Lidman, and Anna-Karin Palm from Sweden; Märta Tikkanen from Finland; and Hrafnhildur Hagalin from Iceland.
 
Swedish-Comp. Lit W4300 - Ibsen and Strindberg
3 points
Introduction to the works of Scandinavia's two key 19th-century writers, tracing their progression through realism and naturalism to expressionism in terms of the sociohistorical setting.
   
  Swedish-Comp. Lit W4240 - Social Change in Scandinavian Literature
3 points
A discussion of Scandinavia's transformation since the turn of the century, reflected in writing. Readings (in English) include Hamsun, Sšdergran, Nex┐, Boye, Ditlevsen, Ekelšf, Lagerkvist, Jersild, Enquist, Tikkanen, and Brantenberg.
   
  Swedish-Comp Lit W4740 - Sex and Gender in 19th Century Scandinavian Literature
3 points
Textual investigation of Scandinavia's literary golden age in terms of the sexual and gender controversies of the day. Emphasis on key texts of the Modern Breakthrough, with its Double Standard Debate, a fascinating chapter of literary and social history little known beyond Scandinavia.
   
  Swedish W3998 - Independent Study in Swedish for undergraduates
1 - 3 points
   
  Swedish W4997 - Independent Study in Swedish for graduates
1 - 3 points
   
   
  Instructor: Verne Moberg, Lecturer in Scandinavian Languages
   
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