1SCAND 15119th-AND 20th-CENTURY FINNISH LITERATURE AND CULTUREProf. Andrew NestingenWinter 2008Course InformationInstructor5 CreditsProf. Andrew NestingenRoom: Sieg 224Office: Raitt 305PT., Th: 1:30-3:20.(206)543-0643Office Hours: M. 11 :30-1 :20[email protected]1. COURSE DESCRIPTIONSCAND 151 will acquaint you with the literary and cultural history of Finland during the19thand 20thcenturies. The course has three aims. First, it seeks to develop skills ofreading literature in an academic setting, and writing about it well. Second, we’ll try toexplain some of the changes, conflicts, movements, and underlying attitudes that havemade up Finnish literature during the last two centuries. Third, the course seeks tointroduce some major figures of Finnish literature and culture, including, among others,Elias Lönnrot, Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Aleksis Kivi, Edith Södergran, Jean Sibelius,Väinö Linna, Pentti Saarikoski, and Aki Kaurismäki.Literature is especially significant in Finland because the country’s “foundingfathers” thought that the nation expressed itself through writing in Finnish. Literature hasplayed a significant role in shaping modern Finland’s identity. We will study worksranging from the earliest oral poetry to controversial contemporary works. We’ll placestories, poems, and literary figures in social context and analyze literary structure throughclose reading. As a result, you will learn about Finland while building up a criticalcultural vocabulary and developing writing skills. At the end of the course, we’ll alsostudy how literature has changed, as popular culture has replaced it as an influentialbuilding bloc of individual and national identity.2. LEARNING OBJECTIVESStudents will become familiar with the major figures, works, and ideas in Finnish literaryand cultural history of the 19th and 20th centuries. You will be able to connect particularworks with the larger cultural context into which they fit. That is, given an exemplarypassage from a text or the name of an author, you will be able to explain its significanceby discussing it in connection with its form, content, or prominent ideas and texts of thetime.
23. ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADINGThe course grade will be comprised of grades awarded for participation, and introductoryletter, a writing portfolio and self-reflective essay, a mid-term, and final examination.Participation15%Writing Portfolio and Final Writing Assignment 45%Mid-Term20%Final20%4. COURSE ACTIVITIESReading:It is essential that you complete all readings, so that you can understand theframe of reference for each lecture as well as be ready to view and discuss the assignedpoems and novels.You should have the reading completed by the day that it is listed inthe syllabus, and be prepared to ask questions about and discuss the assigned texts.