- Horace Engdahl
Horace Oscar Axel Engdahl (born
December 30, 1948) is a Swedish literary historian and critic. He has been the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academysince 1999.
Engdahl was born in
Karlskrona, Blekinge. He earned his B.A.Fact|date=October 2008 in 1970 at Stockholm University; he earned his doctoral degree (fil. dr.) in 1987, with a study on Swedish romanticism, but had meanwhile been active as a literary critic, translator and journal editor, and was one of the introducers of the continental tradition of literary scholarship in Sweden. He is currently adjunct professor of Scandinavian literatureat the University of Aarhusin Denmark. He speaks Swedish, English, German, French and Russian fluently.
In 1997, Engdahl became a member of the
Swedish Academy, elected to the seat vacated by the death of Johannes Edfelt; in 1999, he succeeded Sture Allénas the Academy's permanent secretary, i.e. its executive member and spokesperson. As such, he has the annual task of announcing the recipient of the Nobel prize in literatureto the press.
He is married to
Ebba Witt-Brattström, professor of literature at the Södertörn University Collegeoutside Stockholm. Together they have three sons.
In October 2008, Engdahl told the "
Associated Press" that the United Statesis "too insular and ignorant to challenge Europe as the center of the literary world" [http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-entertainment/20081009/EU.Sweden.Nobel.Literature/] ] and doesn't really "participate in the big dialogue of literature." [http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gn-_m0gOLDlyXymX2CJHcV5HexsgD93H8F3G3] His comments generated controversy across the Atlantic, with the head of the U.S. National Book Foundationoffering to send him a reading list. Engdahl was reported "very surprised" that the American reaction was "so violent". He didn't think that was he said was "that derogatory or sensational" and conceded his comments may have been "perhaps a bit too generalizing".
* [http://www.svenskaakademien.se/Templates/Article1.aspx?PageID=d6324440-24ce-4f8e-b00f-90f678bfa7e3 Presentation] at the official website of the
NAME = Engdahl, Horace
ALTERNATIVE NAMES = Engdahl, Horace Oscar Axel (birthname)
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Swedish literary historian, Permanent secretary of the
DATE OF BIRTH =
December 30, 1948
PLACE OF BIRTH =
DATE OF DEATH = living
PLACE OF DEATH =
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