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Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
202 (17 Gordon Square)
UCL Scandinavian Studies
Gower Street
United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0)2076793178
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I became a lecturer in Scandinavian Literature at UCL in 2010 following three years as a teaching fellow in Danish in the Department of Scandinavian Studies. In my time at UCL, I have taken part in the administration of the BA Language and Culture programme, and I was the first Undergraduate Tutor in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society from 2010 to 2012. I received my PhD in English Literature from University of Aarhus in 2007 and was a visiting lecturer in Danish at University of Washington from 2001 to 2004. I took my BA and MA degrees at University of Aarhus in Comparative Literature with studies at University of Copenhagen, University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Wales College of Cardiff.

Research Summary

My research interests fall within the areas of Scandinavian, English and Comparative Literature with  particular interests in modern and contemporary literature and culture, publishing history, information technology, world literature, border-crossing literature, visual culture, ethics and literature and narratives about life in the welfare state. My PhD thesis was a study of Henry James's authorship with a particular interest in the texts and paratexts of the New York Edition. I have since then published articles and book chapters on Henry James exploring his use of author photographs and typewriters, how he considered the relationship between authors and readers, his use of the periodical press and the role of the face as a liminal figure in his work between the literary characters of his fiction and his own authorial 'face'. 

I have written articles on Hans Christian Andersen's modern fairy tales, particularly those I call his periodical tales: tales that either appeared in nineteenth-century periodicals in Scandinavia and abroad or tales that in their materials or form refer to the discursive and inter-medial mixture of genres and popular culture one would find in the periodical press. I am currently writing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press on Scandinavian Crime Fiction and the Welfare State, which is the result of my engagement with the Nordic Noir Book Club in London and my participation in the Welfare Narratives Network in Denmark. My interest in literature and welfare has also resulted in a co-edited issue of Scandinavica on Scandinavian Literature, Welfare and Wellbeing.

Teaching Summary

I teach courses on Nordic literature and culture in SELCS including a first-year module on Nordic Storytelling, an intermediate module on Nordic Literature in Context and a final-year/MA module on Nordic Literature in a Global World. I usually teach an ELCS module at intermediate level on Memory and Literature in a Global Age and am preparing to co-teach a second-year core course in the BA Arts and Sciences programme. I am a regular contributor to MA modules with seminars on the theory of authorship, on the representation of floods in literature, film and the visual arts and on the formation of collective identities in relation to nineteenth-century media and publishing. I have supervised MA dissertations on a wide range of themes within Scandinavian and Comparative Literature ranging from the reception of Hans Christian Andersen in China, the art of the literary agent to cultural memories of WWII, origin myths in Harry Potter and the phenomenon of unfinished novels.

01-SEP-2010 Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature Scandinavian Studies UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2007 – 31-AUG-2010 UCL Teaching Fellow in Danish Scandinavian Studies UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2001 – 01-MAY-2004 Visiting Lecturer in Danish Scandinavian Studies University of Washington, United States
01-AUG-2000 – 01-JUL-2001 Lecturer in Danish   Holbaek Teachers' College, Denmark
01-JAN-1999 – 01-JUL-1999 Amanuensis in Comparative Literature Comparative LIterature University of Aarhus, Denmark
Academic Background
2007 PhD Doctor of Philosophy Aarhus Universitet
1997 FEL Fellowship University of Illinois at Chicago
1995 BA Bachelor of Arts Aarhus Universitet
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