On the 4th meeting of the Modern Seminar in the University of Tartu, on Wednesday the 29th of May at 18.15, professor Daniel Sävborg (Scandinavian Studies) will talk about
"Strindberg, the Swedishness and the Ideology"
August Strindberg (1849-1912) changed his political and religious ideas several times during his life. He started as a radical, turned into a more conservative attitude and ended up as a left-wing radical again; he developed from a scornful atheist to a fundamentalist Christian. In all his lifetime Strindberg used motifs from Swedish history in his works. In my talk I will present some reflections on his attitude towards Swedish nationalism, Swedish national romanticism and the "Swedishness" in general, as expressed or implied in his literary works. I will discuss how his attitudes in this respect are connected with his changing political ideas, or if there is rather a consistence in his attitude.
The main idea of the modern seminar is to gather scholars from different fields of literary, cultural and historical studies whose research is based on texts from the 18th century until the present. Of course those colleagues who concentrate in their research on the ancient, medieval or pre-modern times, are kindly invited as well.
Everybody is welcome!