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Olivia Noble Gunn (She her hers)

Assistant Professor
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RAI 305 P
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Fall 2020, by appointment (or specified on our Canvas page); email me to set up a time


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine, 2012
M.A., Performance Studies, New York University, 2003
B.A., Norwegian, University of Washington, 2002
B.A., English, University of Washington, 2002
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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, figures of the child, and constructions of family, 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 and other communities on the west coast through public facing talks.


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