Department of English
435 Shanks Hall
180 Turner Street, NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8350 | email@example.com
Karen Swenson is an associate professor in the Department of English.
- Old English Language and Literature
- Middle English Language and Literature
- Western European Medieval Literature
- Science Fiction and Fantasy
- 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
- 2014: Innovation in Learning Grant.. For development of online course in Arthurian Literature
- 2010: Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award, Honorable Mention
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.
Cold Counsel: :Women in Old Norse Literature and Mythology, ed. Sarah M. Anderson with Karen Swenson. New York & London: Routledge, 2002. [304 pages]
- 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.
“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.
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