Susan Brantly
Nordic, Professor
Office Number:1366 Van Hise Hall
Languages:Swedish, German
Affiliated Departments:Theater and Drama

Research/Language Interests: 19th Century Scandinavian Literature; Modernism in Swedish Literature; Historical Fiction; August Strindberg; Karen Blixen; Pär Lagerkvist; Verner von Heidenstam; Literary Decadence; Feminism.

About: In 2003, Professor Brantly was the recipient of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award and in she received the U.W. System Alliant Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013. During her career she has shown a key interest in student-oriented activities. She is the Director of Graduate Studies for Nordic and the Director of Bradley Learning Community. She is a specialist in Swedish language and literature. Her books include The Life and Writings of Laura Marholm and Understanding Isak Dinesen and she co-edited The Nordic Storyteller: Essays in Honour of Niels Ingwersen. Her most recent book is titled The Historical Novel, Transnationalism, and the Postmodern Era. Contemporary Swedish historical fiction remains a central research interest, and she has published articles on writers such as P.C. Jersild, Sven Delblanc, Sara Lidman, Per Anders Fogelström, P.O. Enquist and others in journals such as, Clio, Comparative Literature, Scandinavian Studies, Horizont. She has also published on August Strindberg and other nineteenth-century Nordic writers, and maintains a keen interest in modernist studies. She is currently the editor of the journal Scandinavian Studies.


  • Yale University, PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures (1987)
  • University of Minnesota, MA in Scandinavian Studies (1983)
  • Harvard University, BA in German and Scandinavian (1980)
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