University of Arkansas, Fayetteville


Neither traditional nor modern Norwegian artifacts have received significant critical attention or appreciation in mainstream histories of we stem art or architecture. This lack of cultural exportation has to do with the fact that surveys of art and architecture history, as well as close studies of the modern period, have tended to focus on canonical works, and, often as a result, the artifacts of Norway have been excluded from this mainstream history. In response to this paucity of scholarship, this study investigates the intersections between Norway's art and culture through a synthesis of phenomenal readings of the country's built landscape ,formal analysis of selected works, and research of Norwegian culture and society in regional and cultural studies literature. The research questions that will guide the project developed, in large part, from situations I observed during a 2001 study tour. This experience made clear that understanding aesthetics in Norway also demanded understanding how memory, dwelling, perception, and expression of national identity operate in the environment. Drawing from the frameworks of human-environment relations, the psychology of aesthetics. and phenomenology as well as traditional formal analysis, the study will engage interdisciplinary methods to analyze Norway's art and the cultural landscape of which it is part.