Peter Schwenger, who is a Professor Emeritus in our department, was recently interviewed in The Chronicle of Higher Education about his research presentation on the Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard. In the Chronicle article, Tom Bartlett interviews Dr. Schwenger and the other speakers on a Knausgaard panel at this year’s MLA (Modern Language Association) convention held in Austin, Texas.
According to Bartlett, Dr. Schwenger “eschewed the political for a close reading, arguing that in Knausgaard’s work we ‘recognize the dense material accumulations that make up our lives, and which are essentially trivial. This hardly ever happens in literature, where details do not go to waste but are charged with some degree of significance. But here, as in life, details present themselves only to come to nothing'” (Chronicle). Want to know more about Knausgaard? Read Bartlett’s article to see what Dr. Schwenger and other critics are saying about this author.
To find out more about Dr. Schwenger’s research, you can view his Mount faculty profile or the website for his current position as a Resident Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at Western University in London, Ontario.
The MLA convention is the largest annual conference for humanities scholars and is held in a different American city every year in January.
Dr. Peter Schwenger. Image from http://publish.uwo.ca/~pschweng/Site/Main_Page.html