Recent News

The Department is seeking candidates to fill a tenure-track appointment in the area of Norwegian language, literature, and culture. Please see the Academic Human Resources website for the full job announcement.
 Barbro Osher ProSuecia Foundation upgrades Professorship in Swedish to an Endowed Chair in Swedish Studies The Barbro Osher ProSuecia Foundation has upgraded the Barbro Osher Endowed Professorship in Swedish Studies to an Endowed Chair in Swedish Studies with a most generous donation now totaling $1,000,000. A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Barbro Osher graduated from Stockholm University with a degree in languages and political science. Osher is deeply concerned that Scandinavian Studies Departments are loosing ground at American universities. She feels that Scandinavia stands for social... Read more
At the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year we are both looking forward to what the new year may bring and reflecting on the department’s recent achievements. We are most grateful for our many excellent students, the support which we have received both on campus and from the local community, and for the hard work and well-deserved achievements of our faculty.  During the past academic year we saw a record-breaking four students receive their Ph.D.s, two in Danish (Kirstine Kastbjerg and Melissa Lucas), one in Norwegian (Maren Anderson Johnson, who now has a faculty position at Luther... Read more
UW prof: Scotland independence could have big economic impact reads the title of this news story featuring Professor Ingebritsen.
New Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies, Maren Anderson Johnson Maren Anderson Johnson successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation “Staging Genius: Henrik Ibsen and Biographical Theater” on  May 29th, 2014. The dissertation argues that recent Norwegian dramas by Robert Ferguson, Jon Fosse, and Niels Fredrik Dahl have shifted the discussion around Ibsen’s authorship and altered perceptions of Ibsen’s status as a genius. The plays stress the ways in which women played a necessary, complicated, and overlooked role in Ibsen’s writing process, challenging the stereotype of the... Read more
 Barbro Osher Endowed Swedish Professor Ann-Charlotte (Lotta) Gavel Adams The academic year 2013-14 had several highlights in addition to my regular teaching of the Advanced Swedish 300-series, the seminar-style Scandinavian Women Writers course, and the large enrollment (120 student strong) Scandinavian Children’s Literature course. This latter course is growing both in student enrollment and in library holdings. The Suzzallo Library got a donation from the Jane Isaksson Lea Foundation of $2,000 to add to the library’s stock of Swedish children’s books, money which... Read more
Marianne Stecher
It's not often that a literary study makes front page news! On September 2nd, Denmark's largest daily newspaper POLITIKEN published a front-page story on Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), reporting that an important new study by UW Professor of Scandinavian Studies Marianne Stecher had challenged decades of criticism about the Danish literary icon, whose  literary works about colonial Africa have often provoked controversy and elicited praise. Critic Mikkel Bruun Zangenberg gave high marks (five-hearts) to The Creative Dialectic in Karen Blixen's Essays, calling it a "smashing good study... Read more
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2014-2015 Kielland-Løvdall Fellowship Awarded to Anna Rühl Anna Rühl, a doctoral student in Norwegian Studies, has been awarded the 2014-2015 Ruth Kielland - Leif and Sophie Løvdal Fellowship.The fellowship will allow Anna to spend an academic year at the University of Bergen, Norway, where professor Pål Bjørby has graciously agreed to host her and help supervise her dissertation project entitled 'Imot naturen?' - Images of 'nature' in contemporary Norwegian life-writing. In her dissertation, Anna aims to examine the ways in which different traditions of... Read more
On October 8th, Kirstine Kastbjerg successfully completed the defense of her doctoral dissertation, “Reading the Surface: The Danish Gothic of B.S. Ingemann, H.C. Andersen, Karen Blixen and Beyond.” Supervised by Professor Marianne Stecher, the dissertation examines the negotiation of Gothic tropes by Danish authors with a particular emphasis on the excessive foregrounding of surfaces in the Gothic. Relying on excess, spectacle, hyperbole, clichéd conventions, stylistic ornamentation and histrionic performances for its effect, the Gothic counter-narrative questions not only good taste, but... Read more