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U.Va. Scholar Lotta Lofgren Honored For Translation Of August Strindberg’s Poetry

December 4, 2000 -- Lotta M. Lofgren, a modern drama scholar at the University of Virginia, has been chosen to receive the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s 2000 Translation Prize for her English translation of the poetry of the Swedish writer August Strindberg.

The 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.

Lofgren’s award is for a book-length selection of Strindberg’s poetry, with a critical introduction on his career as a poet.

Strindberg, 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 prize’s judges praised the translation for allowing Strindberg’s "impressions and unusual imagery to stand out with complete clarity." Many of the poems had never been translated before.

Lofgren, 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.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation promotes international understanding through educational and cultural exchange between the United States and the Scandinavian countries.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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