Jenna received her PhD in Scandinavian from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2017 with a dissertation titled “Conceptions of Nature in Nynorsk Poetry: Local Language and Situated Nature Knowledge in Ivar Aasen, Olav Nygard, and Aslaug Vaa.” Having received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, Jenna’s research is interdisciplinary, focusing on the intersection between language, literature, and cultural practice, especially at moments of significant environmental and social change. Her research on poetry focuses on how poets use poetic form and vernacular language to navigate these changes. She has two publications forthcoming on the poetry of Inger Elisabeth Hansen, and she has also published on postcolonialism in the work of Thor Heyerdahl. Jenna has taught Norwegian language at Berkeley, as well as courses on place, immigration, travel narratives, and nature in Scandinavian literature and culture.
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- Office hours: Spring 2018 M 2-4