Head of Nobel-awarding Swedish Academy steps down after criticism
Head of Nobel-awarding Swedish Academy steps down after criticism
Sara Danius has held the post of permanent secretary since 2015
14 April, 2018, 15:02
Public support has however surged for her: Swedish celebrities, politicians and members of the public on Friday posted pictures of themselves online wearing pussy-bow blouses - Danius, often praised for her sartorial choices, was wearing one when she announced her resignation Thursday - with the hashtag #knytblus ("pussy-bow blouse") trending.
In 1989, three members chose to leave their seats empty when the Academy refused to condemn a fatwa against Salman Rushdie following the publication of his novel, "The Satanic Verses".
Anders Olsson, a 69-year-old writer and literature professor known for his calm demeanour and diplomatic skills, has been appointed the Academy's "temporary" permanent secretary in a bid to unite the 11 remaining Academy members amid the toxic controversy that has divided it into two camps.
Frostenson is Arnault's wife, prompting some in Sweden to note that it is sexist to punish a wife for her husband's alleged abuses.
Three academics resigned last week in protest after the institution had expressed renewed confidence in Frostenson, who finally announced her resignation on Thursday. Unlike Swedish Radio, Reuters published the identity of the man and the Academy member as Mr. Jean-Claude Arnault and Mrs. Katarina Fronstenson.
"It was the wish of the Academy that I should leave my role as permanent secretary ... and I have made the decision with immediate effect", Danius, who has held the position since 2015, told reporters.
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