Swedish-American Borderlands

New Histories of Transatlantic Relations

2021

Dag Blanck and Adam Hjorthén, Editors

Swedish-American Borderlands

Reframing Swedish–American relations by focusing on contacts, crossings, and convergences beyond migration


Swedish–American Borderlands studies connections and contacts between Sweden and the United States from the seventeenth century to today, exploring how movements of people have informed the circulation of knowledge and ideas between the two countries to produce new understandings of what we perceive as Swedish, American, and Swedish American.


Studies of Swedish American history and identity have largely been confined to separate disciplines, such as history, literature, or politics. In Swedish–American Borderlands, this collection edited by Dag Blanck and Adam Hjorthén seeks to reconceptualize and redefine the field of Swedish–American relations by reviewing more complex cultural, social, and economic exchanges and interactions that take a broader approach to the international relationship—ultimately offering an alternative way of studying the history of transatlantic relations.

Swedish–American Borderlands studies connections and contacts between Sweden and the United States from the seventeenth century to today, exploring how movements of people have informed the circulation of knowledge and ideas between the two countries. The volume brings together scholars from a wide range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences to investigate multiple transcultural exchanges between Sweden and the United States. Rather than concentrating on one-way processes or specific national contexts, Swedish–American Borderlands adopts the concept of borderlands to examine contacts, crossings, and convergences between the nations, featuring specific case studies of topics like jazz, architecture, design, genealogy, and more.

By placing interactions, entanglements, and cross-border relations at the center of the analysis, Swedish–American Borderlands seeks to bridge disciplinary divides, joining a diverse set of scholars and scholarship in writing an innovative history of Swedish–American relations to produce new understandings of what we perceive as Swedish, American, and Swedish American.

Contributors: Philip J. Anderson, North Park U; Jennifer Eastman Attebery, Idaho State U; Marie Bennedahl, Linnaeus U; Ulf Jonas Björk, Indiana U–Indianapolis; Thomas J. Brown, U of South Carolina; Margaret E. Farrar, John Carroll U; Charlotta Forss, Stockholm U; Gunlög Fur, Linnaeus U; Karen V. Hansen, Brandeis U; Angela Hoffman, Uppsala U; Adam Kaul, Augustana College; Maaret Koskinen, Stockholm U; Merja Kytö, Uppsala U; Svea Larson, U of Wisconsin–Madison; Franco Minganti, U of Bologna; Frida Rosenberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm; Magnus Ullén, Stockholm U.

Swedish-American Borderlands

Dag Blanck is professor of North American studies and director of the Swedish Institute for North American Studies at Uppsala University and director of the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College. He is author of The Creation of an Ethnic Identity: Being Swedish American in the Augustana Synod, 1860–1917 and recipient of the Carl Sandburg Medal from the Swedish-American Historical Society.



Adam Hjorthén is postdoctoral researcher at the Free University of Berlin and at Stockholm University. He received the Loubat Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters in 2018 and is author of Cross-Border Commemorations: Celebrating Swedish Settlement in America.
Swedish-American Borderlands

Contents


Acknowledgments


Introduction: Conceptualizing Swedish-American Relations


Dag Blanck and Adam Hjorthén


Part I. Across Waters and Lands


1. Reservation Borderlands: Gender and Scandinavian Land Taking on Native American Land


Karen V. Hansen


2. Borderlands and Lived Encounters: The Swedish Immigrant, Interiority, and Home


Philip J. Anderson


3. Imagining Borders and Heartland through Legend


Jennifer Eastman Attebery


4. A Musical Borderland: How Jazz in Sweden Became Domesticated, 1920–1960


Ulf Jonas Björk


5. Ancestral Relations: The Twentieth-Century Making of Swedish-American Genealogy


Adam Hjorthén


6. Academics on the Move: The Nature and Significance of a Swedish-American Academic Borderland


Dag Blanck


7. The Role of Design in a Swedish-American Landscape


Frida Rosenberg


Part II. Exchanges and Entanglements


8. Borderlands in Another World: How Sweden Envisioned New Sweden, circa 1638–1702


Charlotta Forss


9. Captain Jack’s Whip and Borderlands of Swedish-Indigenous Encounters


Gunlög Fur


10. Double Life: American and Swedish Biographies of John Ericsson


Thomas J. Brown and Svea Larson


11. Swedish-American Cookbooks: Linguistic Borderlands in Recipes


Angela Hoffman and Merja Kytö


12. A Postwar Italian Kitchen Shining in the Swedish-American Borderlands


Franco Minganti


13. Imaginary Borderlands: Ingmar Bergman’s and Michelangelo Antonioni’s Cultural Contact Zones


Maaret Koskinen


14. Political Correctness in Sweden: A Borderland Conceptual History


Magnus Ullén


15. History and Heritage in Bishop Hill, Illinois: Preservation, Representation, and Tourism in a Swedish-American Borderland


Adam Kaul and Margaret Farrar


16. Negotiating the American Civil War: Memories and Gender in Swedish American Civil War Reenactment


Marie Bennedahl


Contributors


Index