Hlín Agnarsdóttir On Icelandic Literature

Thursday, April 18, 2024 - 6:30pm

Literati is thrilled to welcome Hlín Agnarsdóttir to present a talk on Icelandic Literature, with the support of The University of Michigan LSA Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures as well as the Detroit Swedish Foundation.

Hlín Agnarsdóttir is a versatile author and seasoned theater director, dramaturg and playwright, who has published four novels, two memoirs, various plays and a bilingual poetry collection Deer Hunting. Her latest book Celibacy, Love Research was published in October 2023. Hlín has been teaching creative writing at the University of Iceland and Iceland University of the Arts for several years. She now lives in Sweden and mainly works as a writer.

As a current visiting professor at U of M, Agnarsdóttir is teaching a course that introduces students to creative writing, using contemporary Icelandic fiction in translation as examples, as explored through various genres, including diaries, memoirs, blogs, cultural journalism, lyrics, poetry, short stories, and drama. Notable authors featured in the course include Rúnar Helgi Vignisson, María Elísabet Bragadóttir, Sjón, Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Björk and more. Iceland has a rich literary heritage dating back to the medieval Icelandic Sagas. Today, Icelanders can proudly claim the world’s highest number of published authors per capita and a remarkably high literacy rate. Creative writing courses at the University of Iceland have breathed new life into contemporary Icelandic Literature, with a wave of talented young writers and poets emerging on the literary scene.

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