Scandinavian 155: The Modern Breakthrough

Instructor: Arne Lunde

Description: This course will focus on gender, sexuality, class difference, and crisis in Scandinavian literature and the arts of the 1880s and 1890s known as “The Modern Breakthrough.” Scandinavian writers and artists embraced naturalism and scientific discourses, questioned religious and social dogmas, engaged in fierce debates about women’s rights and morality questions, while relentlessly putting society under a critical lens. Our primary works include plays, novels, short fiction, and art by Henrik Ibsen, Herman Bang, Amalie Skram, Victoria Benedictsson, Anne Charlotte Leffler, Edvard Munch, August Strindberg, and Knut Hamsun. Taught in English.