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Anna Westerstahl Stenport

Director of Scandinavian Studies
Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Comparative and World Literature
Gender and Women's Studies
LAS Global Studies
Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Associate Professor of Media and Cinema Studies
Associate Professor of Theatre
European Union Center
Center for Global Studies

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    2090 FLB M/C 178 Urbana, IL 61801
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    • Wednesdays 8.30-9.30 in 3130 FLB
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Education

Ph.D University of California, Berkeley

Specializations / Research Interests

Interdisciplinary Arctic Studies; Transnational European and Nordic film and cinema; media and digitality studies; literary and theatrical modernism; crime fiction and film; ecocrticism, and post-feminism

Distinctions / Awards

Biography

Anna Westerståhl Stenport is Associate 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). At the U of I, she also holds appointments in Media and Cinema Studies, Comparative and World Literature, Theatre, Gender and Women's Studies, Global Studies, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. She received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Uppsala University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a Visiting Associate Professor and Anna Lindh Fellow in the Europe Center at Stanford University during the 2011-12 academic year; a visiting scholar in the Department of Scandinavian at UC Berkeley in 2010 and at the Division of History of Science and Technology and the Environmental Humanities Lab at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in 2013; a U of I Center for Advanced Study Beckman Fellow in 2010-11; and an American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow in 2009. She is a Research Associate at the Danish Film Institute in 2013-2017. She has also taught at UC Berkeley and is an affiliate associate professor [docent] at the University of Gothenburg.

Stenport's teaching and scholarship focuses on modern European film, literature, theater, media, and culture, with a particular emphasis on Nordic and Arctic studies. She is one of the architects behind the course '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 ofFilms on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic (Edinburgh University Press, 2014; ed. with Scott MacKenzie), the first book on transnational global Arctic film and media, and the forthcoming Critical Arctic Studies: Cultures, Environments, Peoples, and Practices (ed. with Lill-Ann Körber and Scott MacKenzie; expected 2015). She has written extensively on contemporary Scandinavian film and media (including digitality studies, adaptation, transnationalism, and Nordic Noir) 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 NotesModernism/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.

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  (Toronto UP, 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 two co-authored monographs on transnational Arctic cinemas and Global Nordic cinemas as well as an anthology on August Strindberg and visual culture. Her research has been supported by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Sweden-America Foundation, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Rotary Foundation, the European Commission, the University of Illinois Research Board, CIBER, the European Union Center, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and numerous Swedish foundations and agencies.

Publications

Books

Book Contributions

  • "Nordic Remakes: The North in Hollywood." The Companion to Nordic Cinema. Ed. Mette Hjort and Ursula Lindqvist. Routledge, 2014.
  • "A Conflicted Beauty on Water: Stockholm’s Nature and City Planning Syndrome in the Cold Water Bathing House Debate." Nordic Nature-Cultures. 2013.
  • "Film Training and New Regional Film Industries in Sweden." The Education of the Filmmaker: Views From Around the World. Ed. Mette Hjort. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013.
  • Alm, Cecilia O. "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.
  • "Introduction." Introduction. Selected Plays of August Strindberg. Minneapolis. New Edition: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
  • Stenport, Anna W. "Introduction." Selected Plays of August Strindberg. Minneapolis. New Edition: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. ix.-xxv.
  • "International Credit Transfer: Money Metaphors and Economic Discourse in August Strindberg’s Creditors." The International Strindberg. Ed. Anna W. Stenport. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2012. 142-159.
  • "Introduction." The International Strindberg. New Critical Essays. Ed. Anna W. Stenport. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2012. 3-25.
  • "Money Metaphors and Rhetoric of Resource Depletion: Creditors and Late Nineteenth-Century European Economics." The International Strindberg/Strindberg Beyond the Borders of Sweden. Evanston, IL. Forthcoming.: Northwestern University Press, 2012.
  • "Introduction." The International Strindberg/Strindberg Beyond the Borders of Sweden. Evanston, IL. Forthcoming.: Northwestern University Press, 2012.
  • ""Memfis Film: Local and Global"." Swedish Film: An Introduction and a Reader. Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2010.
  • "Scandinavian Modernism: Stories of the Transnational and the Discontinuous.." The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms.. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • "Inledning. Från kvinnohat till maskulinitetskris: Strindberg som genuskonstruktion.." Introduction. Det gäckande könet: Strindberg och genusteori (The Elusive Gender: Strindberg and Gender Theory). Stockholm/Stehag: Symposion, 2006.
  • "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

  • Stenport, Anna W. Films on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2014.
  • The International Strindberg/Strindberg Beyond the Borders of Sweden. Evanston, IL. Forthcoming. : Northwestern University Press, 2012.
  • The Plays of August Strindberg. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
  • Cavallin, Anna, and Anna W. Stenport. Det gäckande könet: Strindberg och genusteori (The Elusive Gender: Strindberg and Gender Theory). . Stockholm/Stehag: Symposion, 2006.

Journal Articles

  • "All That’s Frozen Melts Into Air: Arctic Cinemas at the End of the World." Public: Art Culture Ideas (2013):
  • with MacKenzie, Scott. "Arctic Ends: White-washed Screen Tropes in Global Far North Cinema." Public: Art Culture Ideas (2013): Forthcoming.
  • "Charting and Challenging Digital Media Convergence Practice and Rhetoric through Media Population Surveys." Convergence (2013):
  • Markstedt, Elias, and Matt Crain. "Digital Media Convergence, Media Population Surveys, and Sweden’s SOM Institute." Convergence (2013): Forthcoming.
  • "From small-town Sweden to the Global Arena: Lukas Moodysson’s trajectory." Scandinavica 3 (2012): Forthcoming.
  • "Strindberg and Radicalism/Strindberg and the Avant-Garde." Scandinavian Studies 84.3 (2012):
  • "Strindberg and Radicalism/Strindberg and the Avant-Garde." Scandinavian Studies 84.3 (2012): 235-46.
  • "Comparative Scandinavian Modernisms." English Language Notes 49.1 (2011): 161-168.
  • "Comparative Scandinavian Modernisms?." English Language Notes 49.1 (2011):
  • "''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 Forthcoming (2010):
  • "National Betrayal: Language, Location, and Lesbianism in August Strindberg’s Novel A Madman’s Defense.." Comparative Literature Forthcoming (2010):
  • "Original or Copy? Urban Proto-Modernism in August Strindberg’s Novel The Red Room (1879)." Edda 110.4 (2010): 351-367.
  • "The Nature of Locked Rooms: Tarjei Vesaas’ novel The Ice Palace and Experimental Crime Fiction.." Studies in the Novel. Forthcoming. (2010):
  • "Corporations, Crime, and Gender Construction in Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Exploring Twenty-first Century Neoliberalism in Swedish Culture. Co-written with Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm." Scandinavian Studies (2009):
  • "Helga Crane’s Copenhagen: Denmark, Colonialism, and Transnational Identities in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand. Co-written with Arne Lunde. ." Comparative Literature 60.3 (2008): 228-243.
  • "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.." 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.

Courses

  • Fall 2014: Imagining the Arctic (GER576; ENGL578; CWL571; SCAN593)