Friday, June 09, 2006

Academic Lore

I'm reading a collection of essays by a somewhat misandric lit-crit professor. Via a Google search on tragic unpublished writer Greta Beckius I stumbled across a treasure trove of academic history: 122 essays in Swedish on the history of student life in Uppsala. They're written by Erik och Marta Ronne, and most were published in the Upsalian students' magazine Ergo during the 90s and 00s. Fascinating stuff, for example this piece about 19th century brothels in Uppsala catering to the student, erm, body. Or this one about a charitable association in the 1880s that tried to stop prostitution by educating young working-class women.

As for the lit-crit essays, let me just state for the record that I don't give a damn about Georg Brandes nor Victoria Benedictsson.

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