Emigration/Immigration: Midwestern Texts, Særemne i amerikansk studium 2022


After completing this course, the student should be able to: Point out main factors behind emigration from Norway to the United States. Identify the main stages of Norwegian immigration to the United States. Describe the main aspects of the immigrant community in the United States. Discuss how immigrants establish identity through letter /diary writing. Reflect upon the assimilation process of Norwegian immigrants in the United States as a basis for insight into the challenges of immigration in general. Analyze literary aspects of ethnic texts. Indicate how literature may be used as a secondary source of historical information.


A variety of Scandinavian-American texts will be discussed on an interdisciplinary basis. Most texts are selected from the early decades of the twentieth century, a time when Scandinavian-American culture flourished. The novels and cultural criticism of Waldemar Ager and Ole E. Rolvaag will be central to our discussion. Some contemporary Midwestern texts related to a Scandinavian-American rural setting will provide links to the immigrant culture of the past. Novels, poems, and short stories will be studied along with other genres, such as diaries, memoirs, letters and essays. All texts will be read and discussed in English.


3-4 hrs/ week, 16 weeks pr semester, fall semester

Lectures, discussions, oral presentations, mandatory readings, response papers and library research


Portfolio including 1 oral presentation; 2 response papers + 1 mid-term paper  = 40 %; final written, essay examination 60%
All assesssed elements of the course must be passed to pass the course.

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Publisert av / forfatter Birgit Norendal <Birgit.NorendalSPAMFILTER@hit.no> - 13.06.2005