Literature

Here you will find all the content related to the category 'literature'.

The oldest Finnish speaking professional theatre is the Finnish National Theatre, established in 1872 in Helsinki. Photo: Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia

2021.07.20 | The Quick Read, Helena Forsås-Scott, Culture, Literature

Drama in Finland

Theatre is a dynamic medium in the Nordic countries, and the many plays written and produced, especially since the 1960s, have been characterised by innovation and experimentation. This is the first Quick Read on drama in the Nordics which focuses on Finland. Articles on the other Nordic countries are to follow.

Front book cover of the book 'Det moderne gennembruds kvinder' (1983) [The Women of the Modern Breakthrough] written by Pil Dahlerup. Photo: Permission to use cover kindly granted by Gyldendal.

2021.07.13 | The Quick Read, Helena Forsås-Scott, Literature, Gender

Literary criticism in the Nordics, postwar to today

Literary work and issues pertaining to it were rooted in the historical-biographical tradition following the Second World War in the Nordics. Danish linguist Louis Hjelmslev's work helped paved the way for structuralism which came to prominence in the 1960s, when the wider debate on the role of literature in education and society also began to…

2021.04.29 | Article, Helena Forsås-Scott, Gender, Literature

Feminist writing in the Nordics, 1970s-2000

Feminist writing in 1970s, particularly prose fiction, was inspired by second-wave feminism and by the mid-1980s, feminist writing had become a significant element in Nordic culture. Over the following two decades, issues of gender, frequently explored in terms of language, identity and the body, also gave new prominence to genres such as drama…

Portrait of the influential Danish writer and critic Georg Brandes, taken in 1903. Photo: Det Kgl. Biblioteks billedsamling (The Danish National Library's collection of Prints and Photographs).

2021.03.19 | Podcast, Janet Garton, Paul Larkin, Culture, Literature

The Scandinavian Modern Breakthrough

The social, political and literary movement from around 1870 to 1900 in Scandinavia was called the Modern Breakthrough. It was a backlash against conservatism, both culturally and politically, and led to countless challenging and fascinating pieces of fictional and non-fictional literature and art. Authors were like celebrities, propounding social…

Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Iceland.

2021.03.15 | Podcast, Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir, Literature, University of Iceland

Iceland: Uncovering the past in Nordic Literature with Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir

Literature can tell us a lot about a society and Nordic literature is no different – especially when it envisages the past in new ways, filling the gaps that have been left by dominant narratives. Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir, Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Iceland, specialises in literatures and cultures…

Sally Salminen, probably taken at a handicraft exhibition shortly after the publication of Katrina and her breakthrough on to the literary scene. Source: Museiverket. CC BY 4.0

2020.12.28 | Article, Sally Salminen, Ulrika Gustafsson, Paul Larkin, Literature

Sally Salminen and her work

In 1936 the Finland-Swedish writer Sally Salminen won a literary prize for her first novel 'Katrina' which saw her life change. That someone like her, unknown and from the working class, could write such a good book was a global sensation - she was a living example of the American dream. From then on, she could stop working as a maid and become…

Tegning af en pige, der går på sine tåspidser af kunstner Adolf von Becker. Photo: Finna.fi

2020.11.16 | Original sources, Sally Salminen, The arts, Literature

Kommer Far hjem til Jul? Af Sally Salminen

Introduction: I 1944 udgav den berømte finsk-svenske romanforfatter Sally Salminen ’Kommer far hjem til jul?’ som en novelle i magasinet Juleroser. Salminen fik sin berømmelse efter at have vundet en finsk-svensk litteraturpris i 1936 for sin roman Katrina. Hendes berømmelse var måske ikke blot grundet romanens kvalitet og store appel,…

Drawing of a girl walking on the tip of her toes by artist Adolf von Becker. Photo: finna.fi

2020.11.16 | Original sources, Sally Salminen, Paul Larkin, The arts, Literature

Is Daddy coming home for Christmas? By Sally Salminen

Introduction: In 1944, 'Juleroser' ('Christmas Roses') magazine published  the renowned Finland-Swedish novelist Sally Salminen's short story 'Kommer far hjem til jul?' (’Is Daddy coming home for Christmas?’). Salminen had shot to fame after winning a Finnish-Swedish literary prize in 1936 for her novel Katrina. Her celebrity status…

Writer Sally Salminen in the 1940s. Source: Osvald Hedenström / Lehtikuva, Wikimedia Commons.

2020.10.08 | Article, Ulrika Gustafsson, Literature

The literary work of Sally Salminen

Sally Salminen's famous novel 'Katrina' was published in 1936 and changed her life. From then on, she could afford not to work as a maid and became a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her works wrangle with themes such as war and motherhood and deal with issues inspired by her own life which still resonate today.

Sally Salminen at her desk in 1960. Source: Hufvudstadsbladet, Public Domain.

2020.10.08 | Biography, Ulrika Gustafsson, Literature

Sally Salminen 1906–1976

Sally Salminen won a Finnish-Swedish literary prize for her novel 'Katrina' in the autumn of 1936 at a time when she was working as a maid in New York; it was the Great Depression and she had emigrated there six years earlier to work in wealthy households. It was a global sensation that someone like her, unknown and from the working class, could…

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