Aija Helena Elg
Special topics in Scandinavian art, literature, culture, and history. Course offerings based on instructor's specialty and student demand.
Moomintroll is the famous character of the artist and author Tove Janssonís illustrated story-books which have been translated into 33 languages. But the Moomins represent only part of Janssonís achievement in twentieth-century art and letters.
The purpose of the Tove Jansson 490C course is to update her standing aiming to present her as a more complex figure: not only as a leading childrenís author but also as a novelist, short-story writer, memoirist, painter, illustrator and cartoonist. In particular demonstrating that Janssonís extraordinary output has the added value of showing what it is to write as a woman, as a lesbian and as a speaker of a minority language within a country.
This course also shows how Janssonís creatures now live extremely varied unauthorized lives outside Moomin Valley for example in varied YouTube movies and how the ironical, anarchistic and philosophical characters became cute pastel creatures in the popular Japanese animations.
During the course will read several Moomin books two novels and a comic book. The great thing is that you can read Janssonís works either in Finnish, Swedish or English. The lecturer will offer the background and context for the selected works and the students will spend time in small group discussions and develop their own observations on the texts in short writing assignments.
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