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Monday, 28 December

174. Knut Hamsun in an International Context

10:15–11:30 a.m., Commonwealth Hall D, Loews

Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Scandanavian Languages and Literatures

Presiding: Kristine J. Anderson, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette

Presider's Annotation:
We celebrate Knut Hamsun’s 150th birthday with a session examining his enormous influence on world literature. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1920, his works have found readers in numerous and often unexpected places, as our panelists will show.

1. “Rooted and Adrift: Knut Hamsun, Jean Toomer, and Transatlantic Agrarianism,” Peter Mortensen, Aarhus Universitet

2. “‘That Is a Very Bad Book, Madam’: Hamsun’s Hunger and 1890s Britain,” Margaret Diane Stetz, Univ. of Delaware, Newark

3. “Knut Hamsun and Russian Readers: Blok, Balmont, and Ayn Rand,” Shoshana Milgram Knapp, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ.

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