Nete Schmidt

Faculty Associate

College of Letters & Science | Scandinavian Studies - Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic

Hometown: Born in Aarhus, Denmark; lives in Madison, Wisconsin

Nete teaches Danish language classes as well as various classes on Scandinavian Literature and Area Studies. For several years, Nete lived in Bjerringbro, Denmark, where she worked as a Professor of English and Danish at Bjerringbro Junior College, taught courses in English and American Literature at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and technical/professional English and Danish at Grundfos Pump Company, Bjerringbro, Denmark. Nete’s main interests are women’s literature, crime literature, science fiction, poetry, and educational philosophy as reflected in literature. Nete has written five books, been privileged with two Fulbright scholarships, and enjoys translating books, articles, and letters.

Talks:

  • Learn about the wonderful universe of Danish writer of tales, Hans Christian Andersen. His life, his time, his stories, and his thoughts. Then, explore the real story about “The Little Mermaid” and her search for an immortal soul through love.
  • Learn more about the conditions of Scandinavian women. We begin with their battle for the vote, go through the 2nd wave of Feminism and the fight for equal rights, and come to the present time and their advantages/disadvantages compared to American women.
  • In 2005, Stieg Larsson revived the genre of Scandinavian crime stories, and, since then, they have been best sellers all over the world. We explore why and what makes them such fascinating reading.

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