syllabus15108 - 19 th SCAND 151 AND 20-CENTURY FINNISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE Prof Andrew Nestingen http\/\/akn\/scand151.htm Winter

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1 SCAND 151 19 th- AND 20 th -CENTURY FINNISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE Prof. Andrew Nestingen Winter 2008 Course Information Instructor 5 Credits Prof. Andrew Nestingen Room: Sieg 224 Office: Raitt 305P T., Th: 1:30-3:20. (206)543-0643 Office Hours: M. 11 :30-1 :20 [email protected] 1. COURSE DESCRIPTION SCAND 151 will acquaint you with the literary and cultural history of Finland during the 19 th and 20 th centuries. The course has three aims. First, it seeks to develop skills of reading literature in an academic setting, and writing about it well. Second, we’ll try to explain some of the changes, conflicts, movements, and underlying attitudes that have made up Finnish literature during the last two centuries. Third, the course seeks to introduce 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 “founding fathers” thought that the nation expressed itself through writing in Finnish. Literature has played a significant role in shaping modern Finland’s identity. We will study works ranging from the earliest oral poetry to controversial contemporary works. We’ll place stories, poems, and literary figures in social context and analyze literary structure through close reading. As a result, you will learn about Finland while building up a critical cultural vocabulary and developing writing skills. At the end of the course, we’ll also study how literature has changed, as popular culture has replaced it as an influential building bloc of individual and national identity. 2. LEARNING OBJECTIVES Students will become familiar with the major figures, works, and ideas in Finnish literary and cultural history of the 19th and 20th centuries. You will be able to connect particular works with the larger cultural context into which they fit. That is, given an exemplary passage from a text or the name of an author, you will be able to explain its significance by discussing it in connection with its form, content, or prominent ideas and texts of the time.