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Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
Room 202
17 Gordon Square
UCL Scandinavian Studies
United Kingdom
  • 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. Since 2016, I have been co-Chair of the UCL Grand Challenges Human Wellbeing, and for the academic year 2017-2018, I am the Interim Programme Director for the UCL BA in Comparative Literature.

Research Summary

My research falls within the fields of Scandinavian and Comparative Literature. I have published studies on world literature, book history, discourse technologies, (cultural) memory and digital culture, Hans Christian Andersen, Henry James, Scandinavian crime fiction and the welfare state. I am particularly interested in the inter-dependence of literature and materiality, literature and society - how publication formats, print cultures and visual cultures make literature 'matter', and how literature may contribute to our understanding of social change and our environment. I have recently  published a book about Scandinavian crime fiction and the welfare state for Bloomsbury Academic (2017). From September 2014 to 2017, I was a co-investigator on the AHRC (Translating Cultures) funded research project entitled Translating the Literatures of Small European Nations. I am currently working on a research project about the Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen and the nineteenth-century periodical press and a project entitled Novel Logistics about infrastructure and genre in world literature.

Teaching Summary

I teach courses on Nordic literature and culture in the Department of Scandinavian Studies including a first-year module on Nordic Storytelling. I am co-convening and teaching a second-year core course for the BA Arts and Sciences on Qualitative Thinking, and for the academic year 2017-18, I am convening and teaching on two core courses in the BA Comparative Literature Programme. I am a regular contributor to MA modules in Comparative Literature with seminars on the theory of authorship and ecocriticism, the latter of which involves sessions on the representation of floods in literature, film and the visual arts. I have supervised BASc and MA dissertations on a wide range of themes within Cultural Studies, Print Culture, 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, the phenomenon of unfinished novels and digital literature.

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 – English Aarhus Universitet
1997 FEL Fellowship – American Literature studies University of Illinois at Chicago
1995 BA Bachelor of Arts – Comparative Literature Aarhus Universitet
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