I am a first-year graduate student in Scandinavian Languages and Literature and I’m currently teaching the first-year Swedish courses. I grew up on a farm in Minnesota. I enjoy running, rowing, reading, hiking, trees, the ocean. Once upon a time a handful of years ago I came across the Swedish poet Katarina Frostenson’s collection Flodtid and I read a line that stood alone on its own page, “så länge språket finns finns du”, which galvanized my study of literature.
I am most interested in the intersections between twentieth-century philosophy and texts, be they poetry, film, or prose. Currently, I’m branching this into two coalescing nodes. The first pays attention to the phenomenological elements of poetry; in this area I am looking primarily at Heidegger, Husserl, and other phenomenologists in tandem with the poetry of, among others, Nelly Sachs and Edith Södergran. The second focuses on language as it is fundamental to human existence, subjectivity, and poetry’s liminal position in and around being and language (language as human “need”); in this cloud I am looking primarily at the ideas of Heidegger, Derrida, Lacan, etc., and the works of Katarina Frostenson, Gunnar Björling, Paul Celan, and Samuel Beckett.
Outside these, I am broadly interested in the formation and representations of national identity and history in literature and film (particularly from Sweden, the Faroe Islands, and Germany and Austria). I am also affiliated with the graduate program in Cinema and Media Studies.