Recent News

Article from the Royal Norwegian Embassy about Affiliate Faculty member Tiina Nunnally’s new translation of the Norwegian author Sigrid Undset’s trilogy: Translation of Undset’s “Kristin Lavransdatter” Trilogy Gets Much-Needed Face Lift
UW Finnish instructors Lotta, Mia and Karoliina at the Finnish Community Bazaar 2006
Pictured: UW Finnish instructors Lotta, Mia and Karoliina at the Finnish Community Bazaar 2006 Facts and Phrases Mis oot? Where are you? Instead of picking up the phone and answering with one’s name - the traditional way of receiving a phone call – Finns just answer their cell phone by asking where the caller is. Nokia, the flagship of the Finnish economy, has added to the popularity of cell phones. In fact, 955 out of 1000 Finns had a cell phone in 2004. The same year 82 % of Finnish households had a cell phone. By comparison 70... Read more
No Longer Lost in Translation The Boston Globe praises Tiina Nunnaly’s translation of Kristin Lavransdatter. Nunnally, an affiliate faculty member, recently received the prestigious Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and teaches occasional translation courses in the department.
Birgitta Steene, Professor Emerita in Department and in Cinema Studies, has just published an exhaustive guide to Bergman’s life and work. Following Bergman’s career as a writer, filmmaker and theatre director, the guide combines detailed chronological surveys of his film and theatrical work with annotated lists of interviews and writings on Bergman. A native of Sweden, Steene is the author of several books and articleson film and drama. She is the former president of the International Association of Scandinavian... Read more
The History Channel broadcast a new program featuring Professor Terje Leiren on November 22, 2005. The program, part of a new series called “The BIG BUILD,” asks what it takes to construct a Viking ship and presents the Viking past as an exciting “how to” project. In Anacortes, Washington, a half-size replica of the Gokstad ship takes shape under the supervision of Boatwright Jay Smith who leads a team of specialist using authentic Viking tools and... Read more
Norway Exhibit Poster
The University of Washington Libraries and Department of Scandinavian Studies join together in recognition of Norway’s year-long celebration of its 100 years of independence. Exhibition in Suzzalo Library 102, October - November
Marianne Stecher-Hansen was the invited plenary lecture at the Fourth International Hans Christian Andersen Conference, University of Southern Denmark, Odense. The lecture, “From Romantic to Modernist Meta-texts: Commemorating Andersen and the Self-Referential Text,” will be published by University of Southern Denmark Press in a collection of selected conference papers.
Associate Professor Christine Ingebritsen has been named acting dean and acting vice provost in the Office of Undergraduate Education. Ingebritsen, who was formerly associate dean of the office, has been involved in developing learning goals across the campus and serving as the point person for teaching academy programs.
Hans Christian Andersen exhibit poster
To celebrate the 200th birthday of Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875), Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington featured a special exhibition presenting the Danish author not only as a fairy tale writer but also as a great dramatist, novelist, poet, and travel writer who achieved fame during his life time. The exhibit consisted of a selection from the University’s Special Collections (the Elias Bredsdorff collection of Andersen’s work), including some rare nineteenth-century original editions, historical and contemporary illustrations of popular tales, foreign language translations... Read more
2005 marks the 200 year anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen. At a time when children’s stories were formal, moral and didactic, Hans Christian Andersen revolutionized the genre, giving an anarchic twist to traditional folklore and creating a remarkably large body of original stories that sprang directly from his imagination. From the exuberant early stories such as The Emperor’s New Clothes, though poignant masterpieces such as The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling, to the darker, more subversive later tales written for adults, the stories are... Read more