Archief Fonds 170 - K.M. Gunvaldsen fonds

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K.M. Gunvaldsen fonds

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Fonds 170



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  • 1936-1989 (Vervaardig)

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4.1 metres of textual records

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Kaare Martin Gunvaldsen was born on 17 July 1908 in Koparvik, Norway. After arriving in Canada in 1928, he attended the University of Saskatchewan (B.A. Honours, 1935). He went on to earn a M.A. (1938) and a Ph.D. (1948) from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Gunvaldsen joined the faculty of U of S in 1947, serving the institution for over forty years as Professor, Head of the Department of Germanic Languages and finally as Professor Emeritus. In addition to his teaching, he spent much of that time researching and writing about the Czech born German language writer of visionary fiction, Franz Kafka. Gunvaldsen died in 1986 with his Kafka manuscript unfinished and unpublished. He had been convinced that he had made a breakthrough in Kafka interpretation based on his research at Oxford's Bodleian Library.

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This fonds primarily deals with Gunvaldsen's unpublished manuscript, The Undiscovered Franz Kafka. There are drafts, notes, clippings, books and correspondence. There are also several files of a more general nature dealing primarily with German intellectual history. Material is in English and German.


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Copyright on the Kafka manuscript is retained by the Gunvaldsen family until 2036, under the terms of the Copyright Act.


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