SCANDINAVIAN R5B, Section 1: Session A (May 23-July 1, 2016): The Nordic Child: Children and Adolescents in Scandinavian Literature

MTuW 2-4:30 , 206 Dwinelle. Instructor: Ida Johnson

Units: 4

All Reading & Composition courses must be taken for a letter grade in order to fulfill this requirement for the Bachelor’s Degree. This course satisfies the second half or the “B” portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.

CCN: 52302

Who is the child, and what makes him or her special? How are children understood in a Scandinavian context? What role do children play in literature? This course addresses these and other questions as we study texts both for and about children. The child has a privileged status in Scandinavian societies, and is widely viewed as an autonomous and capable being. Child and adolescent characters in Scandinavian literature are often depicted as simultaneously vulnerable and competent in the face of difficult challenges. We will examine what these figures can teach us about the worlds of children and adults, in literature and in life.

Required texts:
The Wild Duck, Henrik Ibsen
The Ice Palace, Tarjei Vesaas (ISBN-10: 0720613299)
The Brothers Lionhaert, Astrid Lindgren (ISBN-10: 0192729047)
Naïve. Super, Erland Loe (ISBN-10: 1841956724)

 Prerequisite: Successful completion of the “A” portion of the Reading & Composition requirement or its equivalent. Students may not enroll in nor attend R1B/R5B courses without completing this prerequisite.