113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Nordic Literature and Culture

Session Chair: 
Erla Maria Marteinsdottir, University of California, Riverside
Session 4: Friday 3:50-5:20pm
Salon III (ET)


  1. Marlene Broemer, Finlandia University
    Sofi Oksanen’s When the Doves Disappeared (Kun Kyyhkyset Katosivat) will be examined to discover the ways in which time is investigated in terms of shifting family and national loyalties. The novel is discussed in translation, with some references to the original Finnish, and background history of Finland, Estonia and Russia during World War II is also presented as the backdrop to family history and political affiliations. A brief comparison with Oksanen’s earlier novel, Purge, (Puhdistus) is included.
  2. Luis Martinez, California State University at Los Angeles
    This paper compares the Norse version of the "Old Hag" myth in the Icelandic eddas to the testimony of accused "witches" during the infamous Salem Witch Trials and contemporary sleep disorders, and it interprets the common imagery from psychological, social, and metaphysical angles. 
  3. Erla Maria Marteinsdottir, University of California, Riverside
    Halldór Laxness visits Mormon preacher Eiríkur Jónsson´s writings in Paradise Reclaimed (1960). The novel´s naïve and comical protagonist fails to claim a paradise for his colonized kin, but the worldly modern writer seems equally doomed in the shadow of the pre-colonial Golden Age of the Sagas.
Session Cancelled: