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Kirstine Marie Kastbjerg
SCAND 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Special topics in Scandinavian art, literature, culture, and history. Course offerings based on instructor's specialty and student demand.

Class description

While Scandinavian literature is primarily known for its realism, there is also a strong countermovement that explores the fantastic, the Gothic, the supernatural, magic realism, the strange and the absurd. In Scand 490 we will investigate those genres as they are conceptualized by such writers as Hans Christian Andersen, Isak Dinesen, Villy Sørensen, Peter Høeg, Asbjørnsen & Moe, Jonas Lie, Knut Hamsun, Selma Lagerlöf, Maria Gripe and John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the right one in). Scandinavian short stories and novels in translation will be supplemented by theoretical essays and short texts by Poe, Hoffmann, Faulkner, Kafka, et al. in order to place Scandinavian anti-realism firmly within the world canon.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No language prerequisites

Class assignments and grading


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 Kirstine Marie Kastbjerg
Date: 11/14/2009