E 322 • Nordic Women Writers (CANCELLED!)
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
This course has been cancelled.
This course will begin with the investigation of the question: why are nearly one-fourth of the women Nobel Prize laureates in literature from the Nordic countries? (The answer to this, of course, is not unequivocal.) Group work and heavy use of Internet text sites will be used to examine texts from up to thirty-five Nordic women authors, including anonymous women's voices -- from the middle ages to today -- and to discuss common elements and themes. (Examples: Gert Brantenberg; Kerstin Ekman; Tove Ditlevsen; Astrid Lindgren; Karen Blixen; Edith Södergran; Selma Lagerlöf; Sigrid Undset; Bjørg Vik; Svava Jakobsdóttir; Karin Boye; Amalie Skram; etc.)
5 writing projects, minimum of 6 pp each (2 in-class, 3 out of class) (1 of the out-of class papers may be substantially revised) 90 %
Class discussions and participation 10%
Gerd Brantenberg, Egalia's Daughters (Seal Press)
Edith Södergran, Complete Poems (Dufour Editions)
Tove Ditlevsen, Complete Freedom and Other Stories (Curbstone Press)
Kerstin Ekman, Blackwater (Picador)
Astrid Lindgren, Ronia the Robber's Daughter (Viking Press)
Plus handouts and reserve readings.