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Jan Sjavik
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

In this iteration of SCAND 490/SCAND 590 we will study selected works of Norwegian literature from 1880 to 1900, with a view toward looking at aspects of these texts that are, in one way or another, connected with seeing or vision, for example, ocular imagery and irony. Arne Garborg will figure prominently, but we will also read works by Henrik Ibsen, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, and Jonas Lie.

Student learning goals

Increased ability to read and understand literature in general.

Increased familiarity with Norwegian literature.

Develop skills in detailed analysis of texts.

Develop writing skills.

General method of instruction

Some lecture but mostly discussion.

Recommended preparation

An interest in the study of literature. No background in Norwegian is necessary, and there is no need to have taken other courses in Norwegian or Scandinavian literature.

Class assignments and grading

Reading and studying texts; writing papers.

Two papers that will each count for 40 percent of the grade; 20 percent of the grade will be based on class participation. There will be no exams.


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 Jan Sjavik
Date: 02/24/2012