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Marianne T Stecher
JSIS A 442
Seattle Campus

War and Occupation in Northern Europe: History, Fiction, and Memoir

The study of literary representations (fiction, memoirs, and personal narratives) dealing with World War II and the occupation of the Nordic and Baltic countries. Offered: jointly with SCAND 445.

Class description

During World War II the Nordic region was clenched between two mighty belligerent powers: the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. As Finland resisted Soviet aggression from the East, Denmark and Norway suffered military occupation by Nazi Germany. Neutral Sweden avoided the war and occupation by making considerable concessions to the Axis. Juxtaposing the Eastern pressure on Finland and the Baltic states with the Western pressure on Norway and Denmark, this course explores the wartime fates of Nordic nations by means of testimonies and literature produced by ordinary citizens, resistance fighters, war victims, and fiction writers. Students will read historical scholarship alongside literary texts and memoirs in order to identify ideological, national, and personal perspectives in the narratives. In particular, the course focuses on the political implications and literary representations of collaboration and resistance during the war.

Student learning goals

See SCAND 445.

General method of instruction

See SCAND 445.

Recommended preparation

See SCAND 445.

Class assignments and grading

See SCAND 445

See SCAND 445. Ad Hoc W (Writing) Credit is available for this course.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Marianne T Stecher
Date: 02/25/2014