Danish novelist Dorthe Nors is the 2018-19 Out of Scandinavia Artist-in-Residence at Gustavus Adolphus College. Nors, whose novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal was a finalist for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, is on campus through Friday, May 10, as the guest of the Department of Scandinavian Studies.
“When I first read Nors I was struck by the pithy combination of utter darkness and wry humor found in her stories,” said Kjerstin Moody, Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies. “At a moment when one can seemingly find book after book on the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ in bookstores around the United States and study after study of Denmark being the ‘happiest country in the world,’ Nors’ work forces readers to think more deeply about the nuance and complexity between darkness and light, between self and other, between thought and action.”
The weeklong residency includes Nors visiting various classes in both the Scandinavian Studies and English departments, engaging with the Writing Center Tutors, and enjoying student-run Fika at the Swedish House. The week is highlighted by a free, public lecture titled “From the Danish Outskirts, via Sweden—to the World” from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 9 in the Linnaeus Arboretum’s Melva Lind Interpretive Center.