BOOK LAUNCH - HYBRID EVENT: A Posthumous Book by SCAS Permanent Fellow Barbro Klein: I tosaforornas värld: Gustav berättar

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: SCAS SCAS, Linnéanum, Thunbergssalen, Thunbergsvägen 2 Uppsala
  • Lecturer: Björn Wittrock, Marie-Christine Skuncke, Lotten Gustafsson Reinius, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Klas Holm
  • Seminarium

Björn Wittrock, Marie-Christine Skuncke, Lotten Gustafsson Reinius, and

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (in this order) will present the book and its author.

I tosaforornas värld: Gustav berättar (In a Flapdoodle World: Gustav’s Storytelling)
Barbro Klein
(Carlsson Bokförlag, 2021)

The Swedish folklorist Barbro Klein (1938–2018) worked for 40 years on a monograph in Swedish about her father Gustav Arklind’s storytelling. Working from tape-recordings and fieldnotes, she reconstructed his oral performances, paying careful attention to nuances in tone and laughter. The book is a rich, ethnographic study of verbal art and at the same time a biography of Gustav, the destitute boy from southern Sweden who went to sea at the age of thirteen. His life history is woven into and sheds light on the social transformations of twentieth-century Sweden. It is also an intimate book, inseparable from the author’s own life story.

Barbro Klein had nearly completed the manuscript when she passed away in 2018. It has been edited posthumously by her friends, the literary historian Marie-Christine Skuncke and the ethnologists Georg Drakos, Jonas Engman and Lotten Gustafsson Reinius.

Barbro Klein (1938-2018), Deputy Principal Emerita and Permanent Fellow Emerita, SCAS, and Professor Emerita of Ethnology, Stockholm University

Lotten Gustafsson Reinius, Hallwyl Guest Professor of Ethnology, Nordiska museet, Stockholm, and Senior Lecturer in Ethnology, Stockholm University

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Professor Emerita of Performance Studies, New York University, and Ronald S. Lauder Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw

Marie-Christine Skuncke, Professor Emerita of Literature Emerita, Uppsala University

Björn Wittrock, Permanent Fellow, Founding Director and Former Principal, SCAS, and
University Professor Emeritus, Uppsala University


The book launch will be followed by a reception. Pre-registration is required. The number of
seats is limited, and seats will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Please contact no later than 26 November to register for the event. The event will also be available via Zoom Webinar (no registration required for the digital event).

For more information and the webinar link, please see