At UCLA he has served as Head of the Scandinavian Section for three years, Chair of Comparative Literature for ten years, and served on various academic senate committees including the Faculty Executive Committee, the Distinguished Teachers Committee (he received this award in 1985), and the Undergraduate Council. Currently he Chairs the College of Letters & Science’s Committee on the Implemention of Writing II. Nationally, he was elected to the Scandinavian Discussion Group of the MLA, has served in various capacities for the ACLA including the executive committee of the Association of Chairs of Departments and Programs of Comparative Literature. Having previously been on the advisory board of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, he was elected Vice-President of that organization in 1997 and served as its President for 1999 and 2000.
After finishing my M.A. in Comparative Literature with an emphasis on Nordisk litteraturhistoria at the University of Stockholm, I went to UC Berkeley to complete my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with areas of specialization in Swedish, French and American literature.
- Voices Under the Ground: Themes and Images in the Poetry of Gunnar Ekelöf
- University of California Press, 1973
- Per Olov Enquist: A Critical Study
- Praeger, 1984
Courses commonly taught
Scandinavian 50: Introduction to Scandinavian Literature
Scandinavian 50W: Introduction to Scandinavian Literature (Writing 2)
Scandinavian C145: Strindberg
Scandinavian 181: Contemporary Swedish Literature
He has co-edited with Kathleen Komar Lyrical Symbols and Narrative Transformations: Essays in Honor of Ralph Freedman (1998).