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Views of Jews in 19th Century Denmark: From Pro-Semitic Hans Christian Andersen to Anti-Semitic Søren Kierkegaard

Date: 02/06/2013

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Mount Zion Temple

Cost: Free


A controversial book, written by Peter Tudvad, about Kierkegaard as an anti-Semite was recently published; Andersen's pro-Semitic stances are well-documented.  Prof. Houe will  use these two towering authors as points from which to overview the landscape of pro- and anti-Semitic sentiments in Danish/Nordic 19th century culture and society more broadly, and even to extend the perspective into contemporary culture, where the debate around Tudvad's book has been especially revealing.  

Poul Houe is a professor of Scandinavian languages and literature at the University of Minnesota whose research focuses on 19th and 20th century Scandinavian literature and culture, specifically travel and exile literature in the context of modern European humanism. His work has explored transnational issues and questions of cultural transformation, and his many books include a collection of essays on Hans Christian Andersen and two co-edited volumes on Søren Kierkegaard.


  • Name: Laura Lechner
  • E-mail: jwst@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4914
  • Sponsored by: Jewish Studies, German, Scandinavian & Dutch, Jewish Community Relations Council, Mount Zion Temple


The lecture will be held at Mount Zion Temple, located at 1300 Summit Ave. in St. Paul.  Click here for directions and more information. 

More information: http://www.jwst.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lechner at jwst@umn.edu, or at 612-624-4914.

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