Scholar Lotta Lofgren Honored For Translation Of August Strindbergs
4, 2000 -- Lotta M. Lofgren, a modern drama scholar
at the University of Virginia, has been chosen to receive the American-Scandinavian
Foundations 2000 Translation Prize for her English translation
of the poetry of the Swedish writer August Strindberg.
prize is awarded annually by the foundation for the best translation
of work by a Scandinavian author after 1800. It carries a $2,000
award and publication of part of the translation in Scandinavian
Review, the preeminent English language periodical devoted to contemporary
Scandinavian affairs and culture.
award is for a book-length selection of Strindbergs poetry,
with a critical introduction on his career as a poet.
who died in 1912, was one of the great innovators of modern drama
as well as a novelist, poet and master of the Swedish language.
The prizes judges praised the translation for allowing Strindbergs
"impressions and unusual imagery to stand out with complete
clarity." Many of the poems had never been translated before.
a lecturer in the U.Va. English Department since 1993, teaches undergraduate
and graduate courses in modern and contemporary drama and currently
has a special interest in contemporary African-American women dramatists.
She received her Ph.D. in English at U.Va.
American-Scandinavian Foundation promotes international understanding
through educational and cultural exchange between the United States
and the Scandinavian countries.
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856