Miðvikudagur 7. mars kl. 12-13
Fyrirlestur í fyrirlestraröð Stofnunar Vigdísar Finnbogadóttur í erlendum tungumálum um bókmenntir og menningu.
This presentation will provide an introduction to some well-known and lesser-known personal narratives by Norwegian immigrants and visitors to Canada which have been published or recorded over the past century. While a few—including Helge Ingstad’s iconic The Land of Feast and Famine (1931)—have received a great deal of critical attention and have had a marked impact on the Norwegian and/or Canadian popular imagination, most are relatively unknown. This talk will highlight one of the common themes in these narratives, namely the portrayal and construction of Canada as a wild place in which friluftsliv (“outdoor life”) can be cultivated in its many forms. An overview of the oral history project “The Norwegian Immigrant Experience in Alberta” will also be provided.
Ingrid Urberg is Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies on the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on Norwegian-American literature, polar literature, and northern personal narratives, including Svalbard narratives. She is currently working on literary representations of sled dogs.