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Out of Sync  

We all know what it feels like to be out of sync with people around us, to not really fit in, to be on the outside. You will get an inside view of how a nonconforming, or differently-abled person struggles to cope and find meaningful connections with other human beings in novels by three Norwegian authors: Cora Sandel, Krane’s Cafe 1945; Tarjei Vesaas, The Birds 1957; and Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Beyond the Great Indoors 1996. The novels are set in different parts of Norway and different time periods. We will discuss the differences, but more importantly look for commonalities in the major characters and their environments. Krane’s Cafe and The Birds are available for purchase online. Ambjørnsen’s novel was made into a film, Elling, which we will view in class, so no obligation to read the book. Katherine Hanson is currently an affiliate associate professor in the Dept. of Scandinavian Studies at UW.