Olivia Noble Gunn is Assistant Professor and the Sverre Arestad Endowed Chair in Norwegian Studies in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research interests include Norwegian literature and culture after 1880, comparative literature, performance studies, feminism, critical race theory, and queer theory. She is motivated by big questions about innocence, propriety and the limits of thinking and living. Olivia has published research on the dramas of Henrik Ibsen and figures of the child; on constructions of the family; and on class, gender, and racialization in Norwegian literature and film. Her teaching interests range from the modernist Norwegian novel to representations of sexuality in the Nordic countries. She is currently serving on the MLA Executive Committee for the Forum CLCS Nordic and as the President of the Ibsen Society of America. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Olivia enjoys maintaining connections with Scandinavian American communities on the west coast through public facing talks.
- Gunn, Olivia Noble. “Growing Up: Knausgård on Proust, Boyishness, and (Straight) Time.” Scandinavian Studies, vol. 92, no. 3, 2020, pp. 325–347.
- Gunn, Olivia Noble. Empty Nurseries, Queer Occupants: Reproduction and the Future in Ibsen's Late Plays. Routledge, 2020.
- “Baby Factory: Romance and Reproduction in Norway’s First Sound Film.” Journal of Scandinavian Cinema 6.3 (Fall 2016)
- “Other Mothers and the Limits of Bohemia in Alberte og friheten and Bare Alberte.”Scandinavian Studies 88:4 (Winter 2016)
- The Ibsen Society of America offers two student awards: apply in 2019! - December 11, 2018
- Scandinavian 30 Renews Relationship With Nordic Museum - October 25, 2018
- Letter from the Chair - October 17, 2018
- Olivia Gunn's research on Den Store Barnedåpen and The Alberta Trilogy - November 2, 2017
- What are you excited about doing in 2017-2018? Faculty Activities - October 27, 2017
- Faculty Spotlight: Assistant Professor Olivia Gunn - February 9, 2016
- Olivia Gunn on the Tragic Quotidian in Ibsen and Maeterlinck - January 15, 2016
- Faculty Spotlight - September 13, 2014