A History of Finland's Literature

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George C. Schoolfield
U of Nebraska Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 877 pages
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The literature of Finland is bilingual, with lively and extensive traditions in both Finnish and Swedish. This history covers both literary traditions in detail. The volume?s first section, on Finnish-language literature, consists of a series of connected chapters by leading authorities within the field. It opens with a consideration of the folk literature in Finnish that flourished during the Middle Ages and then examines the more recent history of Finnish-language literature, with special emphasis placed on writings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The second part of the book provides an examination of Finland?s Swedish-language literature from the late fifteenth century through the early nineteenth century. Subsequent chapters trace developments in Finland?s Swedish-language literature during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

A survey of children?s literature?from both the Finnish- and Swedish-language traditions?concludes this exceptionally thorough volume.

 

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Contents

Performance
9
Historical Songs
19
After Kalerala
32
Juslenius
45
The FinnishLanguage Press
59
18601916
64
Kivi Pioneer and Classic
79
Foreign Influences
85
A Summing Up 351
351
Ahrenberg 369
369
Helsingfors Discovered 386
386
Atentum Euterpe NyaA1gus 400
400
Emil Zilliacus 412
415
BertelGripenberg 416
416
Dagdrivare 432
432
The Age of Modernism 19161960
453

Aho in the Era of Realism
92
Other Realists
98
Jarnefelt the Odd Man Out 104
104
Manninen 117
117
Beginnings of Change I2i
123
Linnankoski the Young Kilpi and Lehtonen 129
129
Jotuni and Lassila 135
135
Poets of the 191 os 142
142
Koskenniemi and Sillanpaa 148
148
Waltari Haanpaa Pekkanen 163
163
Years of War and Peace 176
176
Anhava Rekola Manner Nieminen i7
191
Rintala and Meri 2O4
198
Literary Trends
215
Women Novelists 228
228
Journalism and Essay 24i
241
Two Irreverent Outsiders 259
259
A Part of Sweden
275
Frese and Lofving 289
289
Abo Reconstituted 291
291
Runebergs Contemporaries 317
317
Topelius 334
334
Bjorling 469
469
Eltlund 484
487
von Schoultz
500
Colliander and Russian Orthodoxy 515
515
Nyman 530
530
Ostrobothnians 542
542
Prose of the 1940s and 1950s 560
560
Peter Sandelin and Carpelan 575
575
I0 A Startling Growth 19601990
590
Jarner Valtiala
607
Hulden and Companion Blithe Spirits 621
621
Popularizers of Complaint 636
636
Confessor Literature and the Tikkanens 651
651
Regionalisms Boom and Blomqvist 671
671
The Rock Generation 687
687
An Embarrassment of Riches 700
700
A Similar Abundance 715
715
Childrens Literature
729
Differentiation and New Genres 19001945 734
734
The Illustrated Book 748
748
The Contributors and Translators 829
829
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George C. Schoolfield is a professor emeritus of German and Scandinavian literatures at Yale University. He is the former editor of Scandinavian Studies and author ofømany books on Finland?s literature and cultural history, most recently Helsinki of the Czars: A Cultural History, 1808?1918.

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