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CANCELLED Virtual Swedish Literature in Translation, from 1880-1940

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 3:15pm
This class meets for 5 Tuesdays starting June 8 from 3:15-4:45 p.m.

Immense social, economic and political change occurred in Sweden as the country evolved from an impoverished agrarian backwater to a social democratic industrial powerhouse. Who were the leading writers of this significant era of Swedish authorship, and how did they reflect Swedish society? In this class, students will read excerpts from the writings of a dozen Swedish authors, each representing one of the major movements in Swedish literature in these six important and creative decades. On the final night, the class will compare the values of The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald) vs. those in the Swedish excerpts read throughout the course. All readings are in English. Swedish course materials will be emailed prior to class, but students should find Gatsby on their own.


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