550 Scandinavian Studies Scandinavia, but also amplified by US organizations like the American Swedish Institute. These statements highlight the maligned status of Scandinavians in early US history. The targets of this commentary are those primarily journalistic and political voices that regard contemporary minority groups as exhibiting an unprecedented challenge to the cause of inclusivity. That Swedes, too, were accused of being insular, of being prone to criminality, of disinterest in shedding ethnic allegiances and embracing American identity—all that stands to qualify political debates that are neither historic nor focused on Scandinavians. Jackson - ’s key con tribution to this conversation is to show how, alternatively, Scandinavians entered the United States with considerable advantages born of existing power relations and prevailing ideologies related to race. Benjamin R. Teitelbaum University of Colorado Boulder Christopher AbramEver . green Ash: Ecology and Catastrophe in Old Norse Myth and Literature. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019. Pp. ix + 254. What stories do we choose to tell about texts like Vǫluspá, the complex and enigmatic literary amalgamation that synthesizes Norse pagan and Christian worldviews to offer a murky but memorable portrayal of the end of the world, its renewal, and its ominous further harrowing?
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Published: Oct 22, 2020