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Nordic Experiences: Exploration of Scandinavian Cultures

Nordic Experiences: Exploration of Scandinavian Cultures

by Berit I. Brown


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This book is a compilation of scholarly articles on a wide variety of subjects pertaining to the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Nordic Experiences discusses music, art, literature, folkore, and the social fabric of past and present to offer the reader a many-faceted image of what the term Scandinavia stands for today.

There are now some 12-13 million people of Nordic descent living in the United States, and their culture has played a part in shaping the American experience. The cultural contacts and exchanges between the United States and the Nordic countries, thanks in large part to immigration, remains strong and varied, adding a significant dimension to the close ties that have existed for many years. This book is a celebration of Nordic culture and its harmonious and enduring relationship with the United States. As such, it will be of considerable interest to scholars and students alike of Scandinavian or European civilization.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313299544
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/21/1997
Series: Contributions to the Study of World Literature Series , #71
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

BERIT I. BROWN is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Germanic Languages at Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus. She is also on the faculty of Hofstra University and Suffolk County Community College. Professor Brown has published on Henrik Ibsen and Nordic sagas and folktales.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Berit I. Brown


Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) by Dorothy Schechter

Per Nørgård: The Role of the Artist in a Model Welfare State by Jean Christensen

Literature: The Classics

Clive Sinclair's Augustus Rex: Misogyny, Megalomania, and Anti-Semitism in the Life of August Strindberg by Peter G. Christensen

The Modes of the Spirit: Poetic Application of Theosophical Ideas in the Works of August Strindberg by Eszter Szalczer

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson: In the Shadow of Ibsen by Ruis Woertendyke

Kierkegaard, the Aesthetic Life, and Peer Gynt by Robert C. O'Brien


Folk Literature and the Nineteenth Century Nationalist Movement. Norway: The Shaping of National Identity by Mette Rudvin

Giants, Gnomes, Elves, Trolls, and Dwarfs by Edmund W. Ostrander

Icelandic Influences: From Snorri to Our Time

The Saintly and the Secular: Brother Kings Olaf and Harald in Heimskringla by Rebekah Thacker

The Barnyard Poet: Stephen G. Stephensson (1853-1927) by Vidar Hreinsson

Cultural Background

Criminal Proceedings Against Birthe Jørgensdatter and Her Stepfather Jens Krog of Allerslev, Denmark, in 1765 by Gerald M. Haslam

Outward Loss, Inward Gain: A Transformation for the 90s by Inga Wiehl

From Scandinavia to America

Från Norrköping till Nord Amerika: Hedwig Wilhelmina Isaksson Westman Hammarström (1885-1981) by Margaret Ross Bjornson

The Norwegian-American: A Scandinavian Presence in Contemporary American Literature by Elizabeth Field Hogan

Women in Literature

Love and Autonomy in the Fiction of Cora Sandel and Mirjam Tuominen by Adma d'Heurle

"Disgusting," he said. Stella Kleve in the Modern Breakthrough by Birgitta Ney


Edvard Munch's Peasants and the Invention of Norwegian Culture by Patricia Berman

Culture and Identity: Regionalism and Nationalism in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Swedish Painting by Karin M.E. Alexis

Twentieth Century Literature

Sigrid Undset and Willa Cather: The Uses of Catholicism by Sherrill Harbison

Nordahl, the Other Grieg: Poet, Playwright, Novelist by Philip Duhan Segal

The Ocean of Consciousness Novel I: Hunger by Knut Hamsun—Progenitor of Modernism by Ron Whitehead

Knut Hamsun in His Letters by Harald S. Naess


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