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Anna Westerstahl Stenport

Professor of Scandinavian Studies and of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Comparative and World Literature
Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Media and Cinema Studies
European Union Center
Center for Global Studies

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    3130 FLB
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    • Spring 2016: by appointment only
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Ph.D University of California, Berkeley

Specializations / Research Interests

Transnational and transcultural cinema, digital, film, and media studies; environmental humanities; comparative and world literatures; theatre, gender, and performance studies; museum and heritage studies; and visual cultures. Specializations include Arctic, European, and Nordic Studies; modernism in art, literature, and theatre; and crime fiction and Nordic Noir.

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Anna Westerståhl Stenport is Professor of Scandinavian Studies, Conrad Humanities Scholar, Director of the European Union Center, and a Faculty Liaison for INSPIRE (Illinois-Sweden Program in Educational and Research Exchange). She received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Uppsala University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She has held visiting appointments at Stanford University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, and Queen's University, Canada. 

Stenport's teaching and scholarship focuses on cinema, literature, theater, media, and popular culture, with a particular emphasis on Arctic, European, and Nordic studies. She is one of the architects of the interdisciplinary program 'Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic,' taught jointly with KTH in Stockholm and at a range of field sites in the Arctic. She is co-editor of Films on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), the first book on transnational global Arctic film and media, and forthcoming volumes on Arctic Human-Nature Relationships  and Arctic Documentary Cinemas. She has written extensively on contemporary film and media (including digitality studies, adaptation, transnationalism, and indigenous cinemas) as well as on playwrights August Strindberg and Henrik Ibsen, publishing over 40 refereed articles and chapters on these and other film, comparative and interdisciplinary topics in Comparative Literature, Cinema Journal, Convergence, English Language Notes, Film History,  Modernism/Modernity, Scandinavian Studies, Edda, PublicStudies in the Novel and a number of edited volumes. She is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, where she also regularly publishes. As part of her research on global circumpolar cinemas, Stenport also regularly curates film programs and contributes to film festivals and other cinema-oriented public events. 

Her books include Nordic Film Classics: Lukas Moodysson's 'Show Me Love' (U of Washington P, 2012), Locating August Strindberg's Prose: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Setting  (U of Toronto P, 2010), The International Strindberg: New Critical Essays (ed., Northwestern UP, 2012), and Det gäckande könet: Strindberg och Genusteori (ed. with Anna Cavallin, Symposion, 2006). She has given guest lectures, keynotes, festival talks, media commentary, and symposium papers in Europe, Asia and North America. She has also participated in The Diane Rehm Show about Stieg Larsson's best-seller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Click here to listen.

Present and on-going research projects include co-authored monographs on Film Cultures in an Age of Global Warming: The Anxiety of Ice and Scandinavian Elsewheres: Globalizing Nordic Cinema, 1897 to the Present, as well as an edited volume on August Strindberg and Visual Culture: The Emergence of Optical Modernity in Theater, Text, and Image. Her research has been supported by the American Scandinavian Foundation, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Rotary Foundation, the European Commission, the University of Illinois Research Board, the European Commission, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and numerous Swedish foundations and agencies.



Book Contributions

  • "Nordic Remakes: The North in Hollywood." The Companion to Nordic Cinema. Ed. Mette Hjort and Ursula Lindqvist. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.
  • "Tearing Up the Postcolonial Screen: Pia Arke’s Process Photography and Video Art." Process Cinema: Handmade Film in the Digital Age. 2016. Forthcoming. (With Scott MacKenzie).
  • "Arctic Cinemas and the Canadian North." The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Cinemas. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Forthcoming. (With Scott MacKenzie).
  • "Introduction: What are Arctic Cinemas?." Films on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015. 1-28. (With Scott MacKenzie).
  • "The Threat of the Thaw: The Cold War on the Screen." Films on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015. 163-177.
  • "Introduction: A Madman's Defense and European Literature." A Madman's Defense. Trans. Rochelle Wright and Sara Death. London: Norvik University Press, 2014. 7-15.
  • "We Train Auteurs: Education, Decentralization, and Regional Funding in New Swedish Cinema." The Education of the Filmmaker: Views From Around the World. Ed. Mette Hjort. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013. 85-104.
  • "Corporations, the Welfare State, and Covert Misogyny in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'." Men Who Hate Women and Women Who Kick Their Asses: Feminist Perspectives on Stieg Larsson’s 'Millenium' Trilogy. Ed. Donna King and Carrie Smith. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2012. 123-34. (With Cecilia O. Alm).
  • "Introduction." The Plays of August Strindberg. Minneapolis. New Edition: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. ix.-xxv. (With Ann-Charlotte Gavel Adams).
  • "Introduction." The International Strindberg. New Critical Essays. Ed. Anna W. Stenport. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2012. 3-25.
  • "International Credit Transfer: Money Metaphors and Economic Discourse in August Strindberg's Creditors." The International Strindberg/Strindberg Beyond the Borders of Sweden. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2012. 142-159.
  • "Memfis Film: Local and Global." Swedish Film: An Introduction and a Reader. Ed. Anders Marklund and Mariah Larsson. Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2010. 325-333.
  • "Scandinavian Modernism: Stories of the Transnational and the Discontinuous." The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms. Ed. Mark Wollaeger. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2010. 478-499.
  • "Inledning. Från kvinnohat till maskulinitetskris: Strindberg som genuskonstruktion." Det gäckande könet: Strindberg och genusteori (The Elusive Gender: Strindberg and Gender Theory). Ed. Anna Cavallin and Anna W. Stenport. Stockholm/Stehag: Symposion, 2006. 7-25.
  • "Writing the City: Women Novelists, Gendered Spatiality, and Authoritative Voice in Early Twentieth-Century Stockholm." Gender and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Scandinavia. Ed. Helena Forsas-Scott. Norwich, UK: Norvik, 2002. 93-108.

Edited Books

Journal Articles

  • "Arnait: Inuit Women’s Collective Filmmaking, Coalitional Politics, and a Globalized Arctic." Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (2016): Forthcoming. (With Scott MacKenzie)..
  • "The Eradication of Memory: Film Adaptations and Algorithms of the Digital." Cinema Journal 55.1 (2015): 78-94 (with Garrett Traylor). .
  • "Documentary Filmmaking as Colonialist Propaganda and Cinefeminist Intervention: Mai Zetterling’s Of Seals and Men (1979)." Film History 27.4 (2015): (With Mariah Larsson).
  • "Playing with art cinema? Digitality constructs in Ruben Östlund’s Play." Journal of Scandinavian Cinema 4.1 (2014): 77-84. (With Garrett Traylor).
  • "Lilya 4-ever: Post-Soviet Neoliberal Angels and Nordic Intellectual Secularism." Scandinavica 53.1 (2014): 37-58.
  • "‘I Believe in Ketchup!’: Girlhood, Punk, and Moodysson’s Vi är bäst!." Scandinavica 53.1 (2014): 73-88. (With Scott MacKenzie).
  • "All That’s Frozen Melts Into Air: Arctic Cinemas at the End of the World." Public: Art Culture Ideas (2013): 81-91. (With Scott MacKenzie).
  • "Charting and Challenging Digital Media Convergence Practice and Rhetoric through Media Population Surveys." Convergence (2013): 140-156. (With Elias Markstedt and Matthew Crain).
  • "Strindberg and Radicalism/Strindberg and the Avant-Garde, introduction to special guest-edited volume." Scandinavian Studies 84.3 (2012): 235-249. (With Eszter Szalczer).
  • "Comparative Scandinavian Modernisms." English Language Notes 49.1 (2011): 161-168.
  • "'Som potatisar i en säck.’ Den franske bonden hos Strindberg, Zola och Marx." Strindbergiana 26 (2011): 29-40.
  • "Interiority Conceits: Domestic Architecture, Grafophone Recordings, and Colonial Imaginations in August Strindberg’s The Roofing Ceremony (1907)." Modernism/Modernity 18.2 (2011): 233-253.
  • "National Betrayal: Language, Location, and Lesbianism in August Strindberg’s Novel A Madman’s Defense." Comparative Literature 62.2 (2010): 144-160.
  • "Original or Copy? Urban Proto-Modernism in August Strindberg’s Novel The Red Room (1879)." Edda 110.4 (2010): 351-367.
  • "The Mind and Nature of Locked Rooms: Tarjei Vesaas's Novel The Ice Palace and Metaphysical Crime Fiction." Studies in the Novel 38.2 (2010): 305-320.
  • "Corporations, Crime, and Gender Construction in Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Exploring Twenty-first Century Neoliberalism in Swedish Culture." Scandinavian Studies 78.2 (2009): 156-178. (With Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm).
  • "Helga Crane’s Copenhagen: Denmark, Colonialism, and Transnational Identities in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand." Comparative Literature 60.3 (2008): 228-243. (With Arne Lunde).
  • "Bodies Under Assault. Nation and Immigration in Henning Mankell’s Faceless Killers." Scandinavian Studies 79.1 (2007): 1-24.
  • "Estetik, ironi och emotioners fysiologi: Om Göran Tunströms roman Juloratoriet." Tijdschrift voor Skandinavistiek 28.2 (2007): 21-44.
  • "From Arsonists and Bastards to Vampires and Zombies: Urban Spatio-Pathologies in Strindberg’s Chamber Plays." Studies in the Literary Imagination 40.1 (2007): 35-54.
  • "Swedish Women’s City Writing and Anna Branting’s Lena: Compexities of Voice, Vision, Divorce, and Desire." Scandinavica (2007): 7-30.
  • "Imagining a New Stockholm: Strindberg’s Gamla Stockholm and the Construction of Metropolitan Space." Scandinavian Studies 74.4 (2002): 483-504.


  • Spring 2015: Campus Honors Program Narratives of the Arctic (CWL 282; EURO 240; SCAN 240)
  • Fall 2014: Imagining the Arctic (CWL571; ENGL578; GER576; SCAN593)