Jenna Coughlin

    Jenna Coughlin

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Jenna has been studying Norwegian language and literature since her first year at the University of Chicago, where she majored in Anthropology with a secondary focus on creative writing. At Chicago, she received the Margaret C. Annan Undergraduate Award in Writing for her poetry, some of which was later published in Prairie Schooner. After earning her B.A., Jenna’s interest in poetry, as well as oral composition and storytelling, motivated her to pursue a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Oslo, where she studied Old Norse language and Eddic poetry, while also continuing her study of Norwegian language. After teaching in Chicago at the elementary level for several years, Jenna returned to Scandinavian studies at Berkeley, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate. Her scholarly interests include ecophilosophy (specifically, the work of Arne Næss), 19th- and 20th-century Norwegian poetry, the literary and cultural history of nynorsk, and the role of space and place in Norwegian literature. She has taught several R5A/B courses touching on these themes, including “The Immigrant Experience,” on the literature of Norwegian migration to the United States and “Northern Explorers,” on nonfiction narratives of Norwegian explorers and adventurers such as Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen, and Thor Heyerdahl.