A History of Swedish Literature

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Lars G. Warme
U of Nebraska Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 584 pages
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This volume traces Swedish literature from its beginnings in the Middle Ages to its honored place in world literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A comprehensive reference work, A History of Swedish Literature provides much more than names and dates. Sweden's relative isolation in a remote corner of Europe put special stress on its language and literature to define national identity. In this volume nine scholars from Europe and America identify what is particular about Swedish literary culture as well as what makes it an integral part of European literature. The volume views Swedish literature in its historical and social context and reflects on the concerns of each age. Although women authors are treated throughout the book, a chapter on women's literature provides a salutary view of the gender issue in Swedish literature and the development of a feminist awareness. An additional chapter discusses children's literature, a major Swedish cultural export. Lars G. Warme is Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington. He is the author of Per Olof Sundman: Writer of the North.
 

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Contents

The Early Middle Ages
9
The Later Middle Ages
40
The Reformation and Swedens Century
58
Swedens Century as a Great Power
72
James Massengalt
102
The Romantic Period
150
Atterbom as Poet and Playwright iji
171
The Standard Bearer of Cultural Idealism 184
184
The Cradle of Swedish Modernism 305
305
WorkingClass Writers of the 1930s
333
Turning the Tide for Modernism 347
347
The Modernist Breakthrough 364
364
Literature after 1950
380
Concrete Poetry and New Simplicity 397
397
The Documentary Novel 41o
410
Social Criticism and Bureaucratic Satire 433
433

The Romantic Play 199
199
Realistic Fiction from Almqvist to Strindberg 18301870 214
214
The Modern Breakthrough 233
233
Det Unga Sverige and the Modern Breakthrough
238
Theater and Drama 251
251
18901950
273
TurnoftheCentury Pessimism and Paralysis of the Will 29o
290
WorkingClass Literature Revisited 442
442
Drama after 1970 462
462
Literature for Children and Young People
495
Modern Picturebooks 509
509
The Contributors 539
539
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Lars G. Warme is Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington. He is the author of Per Olof Sundman: Writer of the North.

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