112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Scandinavian Literature and Culture

Session Chair: 
Marlene Broemer, Finlandia University
Session 9: 9:00-10:30am
RCC Raincross A


  1. Sharon Sieber, Idaho State University
    This paper will study the interaction of magical realism and the fantastic in modern Scandinavian fiction. I compare the work of two authors, Sjón (The Blue Fox and The Whispering Muse) and Peter Høeg (The History of Danish Dreams: A Novel; Smilla’s Sense of Snow), within the context of postmodernism.
  2. Robert Lively, Mesa Community College
    This presentation focuses on the Viking idea of Exorcism as a legal matter and not a religious one.  Drawing upon the works of Icelandic scholars, I trace the use of legalistic principles of Viking culture developed during the Free-state era of Iceland, and how they are applied to the haunting in Eyrbyggja's Saga's duradomr (door-court) proceedings.
  3. Erla Maria Marteinsdottir, University of California, Riverside
    The Icelandic Police Procedural has become an urgent tool for social exploration and criticism. Through the lens of the Icelander, Detective Erlendur, author Arnaldur Indriðason casts a light on a new age, fraught with racism and prejudism dwelling beneath a seemingly impenetrable facade of tolerance and open-mindedness.
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