Karen Swenson

Karen Swenson

Associate Professor

Office

435 Shanks Hall 
180 Turner Street, NW 
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Phone

(540) 231-8350

Email

Department Membership

English

Expertise

  • Old English Language and Literature
  • Middle English Language and Literature
  • Western European Medieval Literature
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Shakespeare

Education

  • Ph.D. Cornell University English 1987
  • M.A. Cornell University English 1985
  • M.A. Portland State University English 1980
  • Certificate Portland State University Teaching English as a Second Language 1979
  • B.A. Portland State University Anthropology 1976

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    2014: Innovation in Learning Grant..  For development of online course in Arthurian Literature

    2010: Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award, Honorable Mention

    Selected Publications

    Books

    Performing Definitions: Two Genres of Insult in Old Norse Literature, Studies in Scandinavian Literature and Culture, Vol. 3, ed. George C. Schoolfield, Yale University; Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1991.

    Edited Books

    Cold Counsel: :Women in Old Norse Literature and Mythology, ed. Sarah M. Anderson with Karen Swenson. New York & London: Routledge, 2002. [304 pages]

    Articles

    • Women Outside: Discourse of Community in Hávamál, in Cold Counsel: :Women in Old Norse Literature and Mythology, ed. Sarah M. Anderson with Karen Swenson. New York & London: Routledge, 2002, pp. 273-280
    • "Death Appropriated in The Fates of Men," Studies in Philology 88 (Spring 1991), 123-139.
    • "Mary as Wall in Dunbar's "Ane Ballat of Our Lady,'" English Language Notes 27 (1989), 1-6.
    • "Wapentake: A Realistic Detail in Cynewulf's Juliana," Notes and Queries 33 (1986), 3-6. 

    Papers

    “Edward Cullen as Fairy Queen:  Twilight and Medieval Romance,” Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, LA. (March 2014)

    “The Damned Few: 'Weird Sisters' as Post-apocalyptic  Authority," Pippi to Ripley: The Female Figure in  Fantasy and Science Fiction, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. (March 2013).

    Planning and Assessing:  Science Fiction Online, at Educause in Baltimore, January 2011.