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Dictionary of Scandinavian literature
Zuck, Virpi.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwood Press, [1990]

Physical Description:
xi, 792 pages ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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PT7063 .D5 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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A heroic undertaking, this extremely useful encyclopedia covers the literatures of all five Nordic countries as well as Faroese, Inuit, and especially valuable in that it brings to light the sophistication and richness of literature in Finland and Iceland...highly recommended. Library Journal

The Dictionary of Scandinavian Literature is the only English-language work of its kind. Unlike literary handbooks that cover a single literature, the dictionary covers the literature of the five Nordic countries from the Icelandic sagas to authors active in the 1980s. In addition to 380 individual entries, the volume includes lengthier essays on topics ranging from Inuit Literature to Scandinavian Studies in North America and Britain. Many of the topical articles are unique in that no systematic English-language treatment of the topic has previously appeared in print. Each entry concludes with a list of references and, in the case of author entries, a list of the author's works in the original as well as in English translation.

For use in public libraries, small college libraries, as well as larger research libraries, the Dictionary of Scandinavian Literature is a reference tool for the nonspecialist and specialist alike. The bibliographies appended to every article will be of value to students looking for up-to-date secondary literature on an author or a topic, and the listings of English translations should be useful to instructors who teach courses of Scandinavian Literature in English Translation .

Author Notes

VIRPI ZUCK is Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oregon. She is also the author of Runar Schildt and His Tradition .

NIELS INGWERSEN is the managing coauthor of the journal Scandinavian Studies. He has written articles on Danish literature, Scandanavian folklore, and on literary criticism. He has coauthored two books on Martin A. Hansen and Martin Andersen Nexo,

ests for a Promised Land (Greenwood Press, 1984) and is a Full Professor at the University of Wisconsin.

HARALD S. NAESS is Torger Thompson Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of Norwegian Literary Bibliography (1975) and many other books and articles.

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Library Journal Review

A heroic undertaking, this extremely useful encyclopedia covers the literatures of all five Nordic countries as well as Faroese, Inuit, and Sami. It has 380 author entries and many superb topical articles, e.g., essays on old Norse poetry, library resources, literary journals, theater, etc. The entries have primary and secondary bibliographies (with preference to English sources) and list English translations. The book concludes with a chronology, a bibliography by country, and the names of the 115 contributors. The selection principles are sound and the well-written entries display fine scholarship, particularly the longer overview articles. No similar reference tool exists in English, and this one is especially valuable in that it brings to light the sophistication and richness of literature in Finland and Iceland. An exemplary work but for two things: the profusion of typos in the galley, some of which could seriously mislead a non-expert, and the many varying and unsatisfactory renderings of the terms folkhogskola and studentexamen. Nevertheless, the Dictionary is highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-- Ulla Sweedler, Univ. of California at San Diego Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This first extensive English-language dictionary of the literatures of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Greenland provides both biographical and topical information. The editors, who have published works on Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian writers, have chosen to present a "synthesized" point of view: Scandinavia is treated as a whole rather than each country or major language within Scandinavia receiving a separate entry. There are, however, separate entries for literatures in the Inuit, Sami (Lapp), and Faroese languages. The Scandinavian countries are treated separately in the four-volume Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century (rev. ed., 1982-85; CH, Mar'82, Jul'85). To be included, authors must have published by 1970 and, generally, have been translated into English. Biographical entries present critical information and lists of works, translations, and references. An extensive index makes up for the minimal cross-referencing; however, some basic terms are missing. For example, Skaldic and Eddic poetry are covered by "Old Norse Poetry," but nothing refers searchers from these terms to the correct entry. A bibliography of both English and Scandinavian sources concludes this volume. Libraries will want to own both this dictionary and Sven H. Rossel's A History of Scandinavian Literature 1870-1980 (CH, Jul'82) for basic English-language coverage of Scandinavian literature. -R. Stuhr-Rommereim, Grinnell College

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