I suppose I should post an announcement about my NEW JOB. For this next academic year I will be a visiting professor at Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, MN, teaching Swedish for the most part, plus a couple of Scandinavian culture courses (one in Old Norse literature and its reception, one on the theme of Other Worlds in Scandinavian lit.). Pretty excited about this– I’ve never been at a smaller institution before. Seems like it will be a bit more intimate, and I think it is fun to be a part of a small department (2 of us!!!)– plus the king and queen of Sweden are coming in October (!!!). It will be sad to leave Berkeley after all this time, but St Peter seems like a pretty little town, and the Twin Cities are only around an hour away (depending on how fast I drive…)
The college has been around for 150 years, and is named after the conquering hero of the Reformation in the north, King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, the “Lion of the North.” Not a surprising mascot, as he is so closely identified with Sweden’s “stormaktstiden,” the height of Sweden’s military power (sorry, they weren’t always neutral)– just the person a population of recent immigrants would want for their Swedish-language, Lutheran college in southern Minnesota. I’ve been working a bit recently on Heritage Studies with reference to the reception of Norse Literature and to the construction of Scandinavian American identity, so I’m looking forward to thinking more about the ways in which this bastion of Scandinavian American identity “does” Heritage. The job is only a year at the moment, but there is the possibility of it going tenure-track, so here’s hoping I will be able to teach a course the following year on this topic! Ties in very well with my work in Cultural Memory–though I’m been focusing on Medieval memory for the most part. In any case, here’s to an exciting new chapter! I’m afraid that means I’ll still be short on time for my blog, art, and poetry/fiction (my children’s book that I was planning will have to go on hold indefinitely), but hey, it’s good to be employed!