Dean Krouk


Associate Professor

Office Number: 1308 Van Hise Hall

Language: Norwegian

Research/Language Interests: Modern Scandinavian literature and history; politics of literature in the twentieth century; literary and cultural modernism; fascism and anti-fascism.

About: Dean Krouk’s main area of research is Norwegian literature since the nineteenth century, especially its intersections with modern political ideologies during the interwar period and World War II. Dean’s first book, Fascism and Modernist Literature in Norway (University of Washington Press, 2017), examines the work of four authors with varying responses to Norwegian fascism and the Nazi occupation of Norway in World War II. His second book, The Making of an Antifascist: Nordahl Grieg between the World Wars (University of Wisconsin Press, 2022) is the first comprehensive treatment in English of the major Norwegian writer Nordahl Grieg, a poet, journalist, novelist, playwright, and icon of the Norwegian resistance during the occupation. In addition, Dean has published academic articles about authors such as Knut Hamsun, Karl Ove Knausgård, Kjartan Fløgstad, Merethe Lindstrøm, and Henrik Ibsen. Dean regularly teaches courses about Norwegian literature, modern Scandinavian history, World War II in Nordic culture, and the drama of Henrik Ibsen, among other topics offered intermittently.

Affiliated Departments: Center for European Studies

• University of California, Berkeley, PhD in Scandinavian (2011)
• University of California, Berkeley, MA in Scandinavian (2005)
• University of Chicago, BA in Comparative Literature (2003)