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Literature and Poetry in Sweden and Swedish America

This guide is for anyone looking to conduct research on Swedish and Swedish American Literature using Swenson Center resources.

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This guide is for anyone looking to conduct research on Swedish and Swedish American Literature using Swenson Center resources.

The Swenson Center is located at Augustana College and is a national and international research center for the study of Swedish-American history and relations. 

Literature and Poetry in Sweden and Swedish America

Keywords / Search terms:

Here are some search terms to try in the library catalog or other search areas. Using the asterisk (*) is a wildcard option, that will return variations on a search term. For example, litera* will return results for literature, literary, literacy, etc.

  • Litera*
  • Poetry
  • Poems
  • Author*
  • Fiction

Possible research questions:

  • How is the literature of Swedish Americans characterized? What are some of the genres, attributes, and themes that are common?
  • What elements of Swedish literature were continued by Swedish American authors?
  • Which Swedish American authors were popular and/or influential in American literature? What were their contributions to American literature?

Possible authors to explore:

  • Gustav Fröding
  • Stieg Larsson
  • Astrid Lindgren
  • August Strindberg
  • Tomas Tranströmer