Koerner fellow George Schoolfield, professor emeritus of German and Scandinavian literature, died on July 21. Schoolfield’s research focused on German literature and Germany’s neo-Latin literature of the 16th and 17th centuries, German literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Finland’s Swedish-language and literature, German-Scandinavian literary relations, and literature of European decadence and dandyism.
Schoolfield’s publications include “The Figure of the Musician in German Literature,” “The German Lyric of the Baroque in English Translation,” “Elmer Diktonius: Poetry and Politics in Finland,” and “A Baedeker of Decadence: Charting a Literary Fashion, 1884-1927.” His final work on poet Runar Schlitz will be published this fall.
Schoolfield was managing and review editor of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies Journal between 1969–1984 and served on the publications board on the American Scandinavian Foundation between 1965–1985. He was twice knighted by The Order of the White Rose of Finland and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Helsinki.
In 1946, Schoolfield graduated from the University of Cincinnati in classics and German and, in 1949, received a doctorate from Princeton University in German literature. He taught at Harvard University, Duke University, and the University of Pennsylvania prior to Yale, where he served as director of graduate studies and department chair until his retirement in 1995.