Scandinavian literature (MA)

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/15
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
This course aims at developing interpretive and analytic skills in the evaluation of a specific thematic strand in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish literary works from the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, it will put the tools of text analysis to the test with a view to practice critical discussion and writing about relevant themes, texts and authors.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: students will approach Scandinavian 19th and 20th century literature by focusing on a chosen theme present in works by Danish, Norwegian and Swedish writers, they will acquire knowledge of the critical discussion and the tools of analysis regarding the chosen topic.
Applying knowledge and understanding: students will learn how to examine a chosen theme by working knowledgeably with secondary literature, practice critical reading of texts written in all three Scandinavian languages, examine the primary literature with a critical eye.
Course syllabus and organization

Unique edition

Lesson period
Second semester
Syllabus
This course (6 or 9 ETCS) examines the relationship between science and literature, often described as an antagonistic affair. Unit A looks at how scientists have been imagined by Scandinavian writers over a period spanning a hundred years. Unit B investigates how technological innovations have fertilized literature; as myth and metaphor, for their ability to tranform reality and for their poetic potential. Unit C focalizes on the irruption of modernity in Knut Hamsun's novel Svermere.

Unit A: Dr Stockmann in En Folkefiende (1882), Leo Kall in Kallocain (1940), P.W. Lund in Lagoa Santa (1981)
Unit B: Technologies of speed and technologies of perception in the writings of H.C. Andersen, H. Ibsen and H. Parland
Unit C: Svermere (1904) by Knut Hamsun


Each unit has a weekly appointment.


This course syllabus is valid until September 2021. From September 2021 onwards, students are required to adopt the syllabus for 2020-21 only.

STUDENTS TAKING THIS COURSE FOR 6 ETCS ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR TO MAKE AGREEMENTS AS TO THE CHOICE OF UNITS.
Prerequisites, exams and assessment
The course is taught both in Italian and in the Scandinavian languages and a majority of the works on the reading list is written in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. A deep knowledge of the Scandinavian languages is therefore required.
Teaching methods
The teaching methodology combines lectures and class discussions.
Teaching resources and bibliography
Unit A:
Henrik Ibsen: En folkefiende (1882; Un nemico del popolo) any unabridged edition in Norwegian or Italian; Karin Boye: Kallocain, Stockholm, Bonnier, 1940 (It. transl. by B. Alinei, Kallocaina, Milano, Iperborea, 1993); Henrik Stangerup: Vejen til Lagoa Santa, København, Gyldendal, 1981 (It. transl. by B. Berni, Lagoa Santa, Milano, Iperborea, 1989).
Saggi critici: Arno K. Lepke: Who Is Dr. Stockmann?, in: "Scandinavian Studies" 32: 2, 1960, pp. 57-75; Camilla Storskog: «Neanche i nostri pensieri più intimi ci appartengono»: lo scienziato come strumento del potere in Kallocain (1940) di Karin Boye, in: Formula e metafora. Figure di scienziati nelle letterature e culture contemporanee, a cura di M. Castellari, Milano, Ledizioni 2014. (Di/segni; 8), pp. 217-228; Hans Hagedorn Thomsen: Naturens skyld, in: "Kritik" 58, 1981, pp. 110-118.
INOLTRE: Roslynn Haynes: From Faust to Strangelove. Representations of the Scientist in Western Literature, Baltimore & London, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994, pp. 1-8, 9-22, 92-103, 104-127, 162-186.
‒‒‒: From Alchemy to Artificial Intelligence: Stereotypes of the Scientist in Western Literature, "Public Understanding of Science" 12, 2003, pp. 243-258.
Unità B:
H.C. Andersen: a selection of writings will be available online in Ariel; Henrik Ibsen: Vildanden (1884; L'anitra selvatica) any unabridged Norwegian or Italian edition; Henry Parland: a selection of writings will be available online in Ariel.
Critical readings: Marianne Stecher: "Modernity, Technology, and Tourism: Hans Christian Andersen's Futuristic Tales", in: More Than Just Fairy Tales. New Approaches to the Stories of Hans Christian Andersen, ed. Julie K. Allen, Cognella Academic Publishing, 2014, pp. 95-104; Camilla Storskog: "Songs about Iron and of Iron. Henry Parland and the Poetic Potential of Technology", in: Le avanguardie dei Paesi nordici nel contesto europeo del primo Novecento / The Nordic Avant-gardes in the European Context of the Early 20th Century, a cura di / eds. A.M. Segala, P. Marelli & D. Finco, Bari, Edizioni di Pagina, 52-68.
Unità C: Knut Hamsun, Svermere, in Samlede verker 5, Oslo, Gyldendal, 2007 (It. transl. by F. Ferrari, Sognatori, Milano, Iperborea, 1992)
Critical readings and any additional material will be indicated at the start of the course

M.A. students are required to read all literary works in the original language (in any unabridged edition). If present, the critical apparatus (introductions, forewords, afterwords, notes) is to be considered part of the reading.


Information for non-attending students
Students unable to attend classes should complement the course syllabus with the following works:

Unità A e B:
August Strindberg: Inferno, in Samlade verk 37, Stockholm, Norstedt, 1994 [1897] online in Swedish at: (It. transl. by L. Codignola, in: Inferno, Leggende, Giacobbe lotta, Milano, Adelphi, 1972);
Camilla Storskog: "Vetenskapsmannen i Strindbergs Inferno. Utkast till porträtt i helfigur", in: Strindberg e magia, a cura di Maria Cristina Lombardi, Roma, Istituto Italiano di Studi Germanici, 2019, pp. 97-108.
Unità C: additional material will be indicated at the start of the course
Exam
Students will be assessed through an oral examination conducted by the instructor. Students are expected to be able to to answer questions concerning topics discussed in class; to provide analyses and comments to passages from texts on the reading list; to demonstrate the capacity to contextualize the literary works and analyze structural elements also with the help of the methodological tools provided by the theoretical texts in the syllabus.

Unit C: All students are required to write a short essay in the Scandinavian language they are specializing in (min. 8000 characters, max. 10 000 characters) concerning one aspect of the encounter between tradition and modernity in Knut Hamsun's Svermere. The essay must be handed in no less than 10 days before the exam session for which the student has registered.

M.A. students take the exam in Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish. Grades are expressed on a scale of 30. Students have the right to reject the mark.

International and incoming Erasmus students who intend to take this course are requested to contact the instructor upon arrival.

Le modalità d'esame per studenti con disabilità e/o con DSA dovranno essere concordate col docente, in accordo con l'Ufficio competente.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/15 - NORDIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Meregalli Andrea
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/15 - NORDIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/15 - NORDIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Next: 20 January, 2.45 PM
Piazza S. Alessandro 1 - Germanistica