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2018 / 11 / 06

This link will open a new tab "The Narrative Uses of Toponyms in Harðar saga"
Matthias Egeler

Abstract: The contribution analyses how the late medieval Harðar saga uses place-names as literary devices. It proposes that toponyms are employed not only to locate plot elements, but also for purposes of subversion, the dropping of keywords then taken up by the narrative in an often grotesque and ironic fashion, the creation of an (again, typically ironic) subtext, and the evocation of physical topographies and their visual appearance in the context of accounts of travels. Thus, the contribution argues that place-names are a central part of the storyteller’s toolkit which can provide important pointers for how to read the saga.
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2018 / 11 / 06   Reviews

Sven Jochem:
"David Arter: Scandinavian Politics Today, third edition, Manchester: Manchester UP 2016, 446 S. Oddbjørn Knutsen (ed.): The Nordic Models in Political Science. Challenged but still Viable? Bergen: Fagbokforlaget 2017, 296 S."


In: Volume 2018

2018 / 11 / 05

This link will open a new tab "Wir Menschen der Zukunft? Biopolitik und Utopie in der nordeuropäischen Gegenwartsliteratur"
Judith Meurer-Bongardt

Abstract: In the first part of this article the concept of utopia and the field of bio-politics are brought together from a historical and a theoretical perspective. In addition to that, two terms are discussed: »heterotopia« and »the figure of the third«. With help of these terms, it is possible to show how recent utopian / dystopian literature succeeds not only to criticise its own time but also to reveal a positive potential for the future. In the second part I focus on a choice of texts which can be seen as good examples for the genre of utopia / dystopia that is popular in recent Nordic literature. Furthermore, these texts are useful in giving an impression of the relevance of bio-politics for this literary genre.
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2018 / 09 / 06   Reviews

Malte Gasche:
"Marjatta Hietala: Finnisch-deutsche Wissenschaftskontakte. Zusammenarbeit in Ausbil-dung, Forschung und Praxis im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert, Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag, 2017, 308 S."

Clemens Räthel:
"Marit Bergner: Henrich Steffens. Ein politischer Professor in Umbruchzeiten 1806-1819, Frankfurt am Main: PL Academic Research 2016, 414 S."


In: Volume 2018

2018 / 06 / 05

This link will open a new tab "Knowing the Right Thing, but Not Doing It. Knut Hamsun’s Markens grøde in the Anthropocene"
Reinhard Hennig

Abstract: Knut Hamsun’s novel Markens grøde has been interpreted as advocating a simple and sustainable life in harmony with nature. However, when read retrospectively against the background of human-made environmental changes that have brought the planet into a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, Markens grøde cannot be considered an ecological text. What the novel actually delivers is a narrative of constant progress and growth, without consideration of potential limits or unintended detrimental side-effects. In Markens grøde, human nature is assumed to create desires that can only be fulfilled through permanent increases in production and consumption, irrespective of material environmental restraints. In combination with an ideology of human population growth, the novel, instead of conveying »green values«, constitutes a literary expression of precisely the ideas and processes that led to the transition into the Anthropocene.
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2018 / 06 / 05   Reviews

Frederike Felcht:
"Klaus Müller-Wille: Sezierte Bücher. Hans Christian Andersens Materialästhetik, Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink 2017, 373 S."


In: Volume 2018

2018 / 04 / 04   Reviews

Sven Jochem:
"Andreas Bergh, Gissur Ó. Erlingsson, Richard Öhrvall, Mats Sjölin: A Clean House? Studies of Corruption in Sweden, Lund: Nordic Academic Press 2016, 160 S."


In: Volume 2018

2018 / 04 / 03

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Bernd Henningsen

Abstract: "On the Spirit and Purpose of Scandinavian Studies"
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2017 / 12 / 29   Reviews

Inken Dose:
"Tuula Karjalainen: Tove Jansson. Die Biografie, Stuttgart: Urachhaus 2014, 352 S."


In: Volume 2017

2017 / 10 / 22

This link will open a new tab "Migration in the Media. Metaphors in Swedish and German News Coverage"
Bo Petersson & Lena Kainz

Abstract: Migration-related events have received overwhelming attention in mainstream media coverage within Europe in recent years. This study investigates the metaphorical framing of migration issues by comparing dominant discursive patterns from two national and two regional daily newspapers in Sweden and Germany. Applying a corpus-based critical metaphor analysis, the spotlight falls on metaphors prevalent in media articles published during the EU Valletta Summit on migration held in November 2015. The article is inspired by Lakoff and Johnson’s classic work, Metaphors We Live By, according to which metaphors are components of everyday language with a pervasive influence on thoughts and actions. Adhering to this logic, metaphors become most powerful when taken for granted (»naturalized«) and therefore evade readers’ attention. Apart from tracing naturalized metaphorical framings in mainstream Swedish and German media coverage, this study discusses how the discursive connotations conveyed by dominant metaphors are likely to influence readers’ interpretation of migration-related issues and policies.
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2017 / 10 / 03   Reviews

Sven Jochem:
"Valur Ingimundarson, Philippe Urfalino, Irma Erlingsdóttir (eds.): Iceland’s Financial Crisis. The Politics of Blame, Protest, and Reconstruction, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group 2016, 278 S."


In: Volume 2017

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