Languages: Danish, though I am currently working on the Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård.
Research/Language Interests: Contemporary literature and The Modern Breakthrough in Scandinavian literature. I have published on a numerous topics and authors from Kierkegaard and irony to the crime novels of Stieg Larsson. Most recently I have edited a volume on Knausgård’s My Struggle which was published in Scandinavian this spring. I am also working on a book-length project on Knausgård.
Education: Ph.D, University of Helsinki 2015, Cand.mag, University of Copenhagen, 1999, BA, University of Copenhagen, 2006.
Undergraduate Courses: Contemporary Scandinavian Literature (Scand 427), Hans Christian Andersen (Scand 373) Reading in Danish Literature (Scand 271), Contemporary Scandinavian Languages (Scand 401)
About Me: I’ll be starting at UW-Madison this fall. For the past six years, I have been teaching Danish and Scandinavian Literature at the University of Helsinki, where I also received my Ph.D. in 2015. Though my main field of study is Danish literature and culture, I have also published on Norwegian and Swedish writers, and consider myself a scholar of Scandinavian Studies with a broader European perspective. In addition to writing scholarly on Scandinavian literature, I have been a literature reviewer/critic of Scandinavian literature for the Finnish-Swedish newspaper Hufvudsstadsbladet since 2013. I have taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of California, Los Angeles in the past.
Så tæt på livet som muligt, edited by Claus Elholm Andersen, Spring/Alvheim & Eide 2017:
Selected peer-review articles:
“Narratives of a Life. Karl Ove Knausgård’s My Struggle as a Literary Centaur, in: Critical Quarterly, vol. 60, issue 1, 2018, Wiley-Blackwell (accepted for publication).
“At forsøge det umulige. Karl Ove Knausgårds kamp for at forene form og indhold”, in: Claus Elholm Andersen (ed.): Så tæt på livet som muligt. Perspektiver på Karl Ove Knausgårds ‘Min kamp’, Forlaget Spring/Alvheim & Eide, 2017.
“Forpligtet på virkeligheden? Upålidelighed og dissonans i fjerde bind af Karl Ove Knausgårds ‘Min kamp’”, in: Kritik: tidsskrift for litteratur, forskning, undervisning, no. 213, 2015.
In January 2018, Professor Andersen was interviewed by Fox6 News. Click below to learn about Hygge, the concept of 'pleasant togetherness.'