Cassandra Marie Falke
Professor in English literature
Cassandra Falke is a Professor of English Literature at UiT. She specializes in English romanticism and literary theory. Her books include Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory (ed. 2010), Literature by the Working Class: English Autobiography, 1820-1848 (2013), The Phenomenology of Love and Reading (2016; paperback 2018), Phenomenology of the Broken Body ( co-ed 2019), Wild Romanticism (co-ed, 2021), and Interpreting Violence: Narrative, Ethics and Hermeneutics (co-ed 2023). In articles and book chapters, he has also written about Romantic-period literature, class, education, contemporary phenomenology and the portrayal of violence in literature.
She is the recipient of a Fulbright professorship, two NEH awards, and a Distinguished Professor designation for teaching. She led the NOH-HS funded network, Interpreting Violence: Narrative, Ethics and Hermeneutics and is a partner in the project Instrumental Narratives: The Limits of Storytelling and New Story-Critical Narrative Theory. She also led the project ReadRespond: Literature / History / Human Rights, an international, online reading initiative encouraging discussions of rights-engaged literature. Falke was President of the American Studies Association of Norway from 2018-2022 and leads UiT's Interdisciplinary Phenomenology research group. Her current book projects are entitled Global Human Rights Fiction (Routledge 2023), Wise Passiveness: Being Receptive in the Romantic Period (Bloomsbury, 2024), and The Reader as Witness: Seeing Political Violence through Contemporary Novels. A list of recent publications may be viewed in Cristin and on my CV.
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Publications outside Cristin
Global Human Rights Fiction. New York: Routledge, Forthcoming 2023.
Interpreting Violence: Narrative, Ethics, and Hermeneutics (ed. with Hanna Meretoja and Victoria Fareld). New York: Routledge, Forthcoming 2022.
Wild Romanticism (ed. With Markus Poetzsch). New York: Routledge, 2021.
Phenomenology of the Broken Body (ed. With Espen Dahl and Thor Eirik Eriksen). New York: Routledge, 2019.
The Phenomenology of Love and Reading . New York: Bloomsbury, 2016. Paperback, 2018.
Literature by the Working Class: English Autobiography, 1820-1848 . Amherst: Cambria, 2013.
Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory, ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters (last five years)
"Essentially the Greatest Poem: Teaching New Ways of Reading American Literature." Nordic Journal of English Studies. Special Issue: Developments in English Literary Studies in Nordic Higher Education. Katharina Dodou and David Gray. 20. 2: 283-301.
"The Reader as Witness in Contemporary Global Novels" Studia Phænomenologica. 21 (2021): 225-242.
"A Local Habitation, not a Name: The Preservation of Wildness in Wordsworth's Poems on the Naming of Places." The Wordsworth Circle. Special Issue: Romanticism and Wilderness. Oath. James McKusick. 52.3 (2021): 368-383.
"Hopes for Reading in the Era of Globalization." Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. 21. 3 (2021): 505-520.
"Childe Harold: Wilding Europe." Wild Romanticism. Routledge, 2021. 110-127.
"Introduction." Wild Romanticism with Markus Poetzsch. Routledge, 2021. 1-15.
"The Language of All Nations: Defining the Human Rights Novel." Research and Human Rights. Ed. Jakob Lothe. Novus, 2020. 183-198.
"Not Knowing What We Love." Translated into Turkish by Abukadir Filiz. Special issue on the Philosophy of Love. Sabah Ülkesi 65 (2020)
"Thinking with Birds: John Clare and the Phenomenology of Perception" Romanticism. 26.2 (2020): 180-190.
"Imaginary Landscapes: Sublime and Saturated Phenomena in" Kubla Khan" and the Arab Dream." Humanities (August 2019)
"Negatively Capable Reading." Keats's Negative Capability: New Origins and Afterlives. Eds. Brian Rejack and Michael Theune. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019. 79-92.
“Framing Embodiment in Violent Narratives” in Phenomenology of the Broken Body. London: Routledge, 2019. 66-84.
"Introduction." Phenomenology of the Broken Body with Espen Dahl and Thor Eirik Eriksen. Routledge, 2019. 1-10.
"Robert Penn Warren: Poetry, Racism, and the Burden of History." Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History. Ed. James Rovira. Lexington, 2019. 89-104.
"Meaning It: Everyday Hermeneutics and the Language of Class in Literary Scholarship" in Working-Class Writing: Theory and Practice. Ed. Ben Clarke and Nick Hubble. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2018. 61-80.
"Wandering in Fact and Fiction: William Wordsworth and Christopher Thomson" in Teaching Labor Class Literature of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Ed. William Christmas and Kevin Binfield. Modern Language Association, 2018. 194-201
“Taming Wild Readers: Caleb Williams and the Outlaw Tradition” in Transgressive Romanticism. Ed. Larry Peer. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2018. 170-188.
"Byron's Corsair and the Boundaries of Sympathy" Romantik: Journal for the Study of Romanticisms. 6(2017).
"Everything is Own: Readers, Freedom and Class" in The Future of Literary Studies. Ed. Jakob Lothe. Oslo: Novus, 2017.
"Reading Terror: Imagining Violent Acts through the Rational or Narrative Sublime" in Storytelling and Ethics: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Literature and Visual Arts. Eds. Hanna Meretoja and Colin Davis. London: Routledge, 2017.
"Love Without Bodies" in Breached Horizons: The Work of Jean-Luc Marion. Eds. Antonio Calcogno and Stephen Lofts. London: Rowan & Littlefield, 2017.
"Byron's Cain and Romantic Education" in Romantic Education: Romantic Pedagogies and New Approaches to Teaching Romanticism. Eds. Suzanne Barnett and Katherine Bennett Gustafson. Romantic Circles. 2016.
"On the Morality of Immoral Fiction: Reading Newgate Novels, 1830-1842" Nineteenth Century Contexts 38.3 (July 2016).
- English Romanticism
- Literary Theory
- Ethics of Reading, especially in relation to violence
Courses offered 2016-2021:
- ENG 1110: Introduction to British Studies
- ENG 1122: Introduction to Literature
- ENG 2106: Villains in Literature
- ENG 2115: Romanticism
- ENG 3102: The Development of the Novel
- ENG 3122: The Novel after the Death of the Novel
- ENG 3192: Literary and Cultural Theory
- ENG 3194: Contemporary Fiction (Human Rights Novels)
- Master´s Thesis Writing Seminar
Topics for masters supervision include:
- English Romanticism
- Ethics and Literary Form
- Human Rights and Representing History in the Novel