Photo: Taylor Holm

Flag icon Flag icon

Cassandra Falke

Department of Language and Culture

Job description:

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), and The Phenomenology of the Broken Body (co-ed. 2018). In articles and book chapters, she has also written about Wordsworth, Byron, Coleridge, Keats, and Clare, class, liberal arts 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 leads 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 TheoryShe serves on the Executive Board of the International Conference on Romanticism and is the incoming President of the American Studies Association of Norway.

Research interests

  • English Romanticism
  • Christianity and Literary Theory
  • Ethics of Reading, especially in relation to violence
  • Phenomenology

Research projects

The Phenomenology of Love and Reading begins with what Jean-Luc Marion calls the erotic reduction - the assertion that love precedes both being and cognition. Accepting Marion's new phenomenological reduction, I investigate its implications for reading literature by offering a phenomenological account of reading in relation to attention and empathy, and the willingness to be overwhelmed.

My new book project, tentatively titled The Reader as Witness: Reading Global Narratives in an Age of Political Violence, analyzes contemporary novels´ constructions of a reader as a witness to events of political violence and considers the ethical responsibility the novels imply in light of the radical other-directedness of Marion and Emmanuel Levinas. 

Alongside this, I am working on two special issues - one on "Frankenstein at 200" with Jessica Allen Hanssen for Litteraria Pragensia and one on "Romanticism and Contemporary Literary Theory" for Humanities (cfp: here). The Phenomenology of the Broken Body, a book I edited with Espen Dahl and Thor Eirik Eriksen, is forthcoming from Routledge in December. 

Other publications



The Phenomenology of the Broken Body (ed. With Espen Dahl and Thor Eirik Eriksen). New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2018. 

The Phenomenology of Love and Reading . New York: Bloomsbury, 2016.

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 three years)

"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, Forthcoming 2018.

"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, Forthcoming 2018. 

“Negatively Capable Reading.” Keats's Negative Capability: New Origins and Afterlives. Ed. Brian Rejack and Michael Theune. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, Forthcoming 2018.

“Framing Embodiment in Violent Narratives” in The Phenomenology of the Broken Body. London: Routledge, Forthcoming 2018.

Taming Wild Readers: Caleb Williams and the Outlaw Tradition in Transgressive Romanticism. Ed. Larry Peer. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2018.

"Byron's Corsair and the Boundaries of Sympathy" Romantik: Journal for the Study of Romanticisms6(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.  Ed. Hanna Meretoja and Colin Davis. London: Routledge, 2017.

"Love Without Bodies" in Breached Horizons: The Work of Jean-Luc Marion. Ed. 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. Ed. Suzanne Barnett and Katherine Bennett Gustafson. Romantic Circles. 2016. 

"On the Morality of Immoral Fiction: Reading Newgate Novels, 1830-1842Nineteenth Century Contexts  38.3 (July 2016).

Awards and distinctions

Professor of Distinction, East Texas Baptist University - 2014/2015

Fulbright Professor Award, University of Bergen - 2013/2014

National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar Participant - 2004, 2013

Center for Excellence in the Christian Scholarship Research Award - 2012

East Texas Baptist University's Teaching Innovation Award - 2009

The University of York's Graduate Student Research Grant - 2008

Faculty Mentor Award - Lamar State College - 2003/2004

Faculty Incentive Award - Lamar State College - 2002/2003


Courses offered 2013-2018:

  • ENG 1122: Introduction to Literature
  • ENG 2106: Villains in Literature
  • ENG 2115: Romanticism (Innovation in Education grant funded travel to the Jerwood Centre)
  • ENG 3102: The Development of the Novel
  • ENG 3122: The Novel after the Death of the Novel
  • ENG 3151: Literary History: Pirates and Highwaymen
  • ENG 3192: Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Master´s Thesis Writing Seminar 
  • at UiB: ENG 122: American Literature and Culture
  • at UiB: ENG 222/262: Literature of the American South
  • at UiB: ENG 331: Identity in the Modern American Novel

Topics for masters supervision include:

  • English Romanticism
  • Ethics and Literary Form
  • Historical Perspectives on the Novel


Publications in CRIStin

  • Falke, Cassandra. Framing Embodiment in Violent Narratives. Routledge 2018 ISBN 978-1-138-61600-4.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Byron´s Corsair and the Boundaries of Sympathy. Romantik: Journal for the Study of Romanticisms 2017; Volum 6. ISSN 2245-599X.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Everything is Own: Readers, Freedom and Class. Novus Forlag 2017 ISBN 978-82-7099-900-2.s 197 - 208.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Love Without Bodies. Rowman & Littlefield International 2017 ISBN 9781786605351.s 135 - 150.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Reading Terror: Imagining Violent Acts through the Rational or Narrative Sublime. Routledge 2017 ISBN 978-1-315-26501-8.s 253 - 266.

  • Falke, Cassandra. On the morality of immoral fiction: Reading newgate novels, 1830-1848. Nineteenth-Century Contexts 2016; Volum 38 (3). ISSN 0890-5495.s 183 - 193.s doi: 10.1080/08905495.2016.1159810.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Byron´s Cain and Romantic Education. (fulltekst) Romantic Circles Praxis Series 2016. ISSN 1528-8129.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Sketches and Fragments: John Clare’s Tentative Lives. The John Clare Society Journal 2012; Volum 31. ISSN 1356-7128.s 25 - 41.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Love and Reading: Fugitive Pieces as Idol and Icon. Intégrité: A Faith and Learning Journal 2012; Volum 11 (2). ISSN 1547-0474.s 12 - 23.

  • Falke, Cassandra. John Henry Newman and Today's Liberal Arts Community. Modern Language Studies 2006; Volum 36 (1). ISSN 0047-7729.s 54 - 60.

  • Falke, Cassandra; Dahl, Espen; Eriksen, Thor Eirik. Phenomenology of the Broken Body. Routledge 2018 ISBN 978-1-138-61600-4.

  • Falke, Cassandra. The Phenomenology of Love and Reading. (data) Bloomsbury Academic 2016 ISBN 9781628926484.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Literature by the Working Class; English Autobiographies, 1820-1848. Cambria Press 2013 ISBN 1604978457.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory. Palgrave Macmillan 2010 ISBN 0230234801.

  • Falke, Cassandra. "Clare´s Small Birds and the Vulnerable Self". International Conference on Romanticism 2017: Romantic (In)Security 2017-10-26 - 2017-10-28 2017.

  • Falke, Cassandra. The Phenomenology of Love and Reading: Invited Public Lecture. The Phenomenology of Love and Reading 2017-10-24 - 2017-10-24 2017.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Framing Embodiment in Violent Narratives. Phenomenology and the Broken Body 2017-05-23 - 2017-05-23 2017.

  • Falke, Cassandra. The Phenomenology of Love and Reading. Public Lecture: The Phenomenology of Love and Reading 2017-10-23 - 2017-10-24 2017.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Something Hidden: Phenomenology, Love and Education. Culture and Education Summer Seminar 2017-06-08 - 2017-06-08 2017.

  • Falke, Cassandra. The Reader´s Vocation. Kunst, kall og kropp 2017-01-19 - 2017-01-20 2017.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Jean-Luc Marion and the Phenomenology of Love and Reading. Phenomenology and Bodies of Knowledge Seminar 2016-11-25 - 2016-11-25 2016.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Everything its Own: Readers, Freedom and Class. The Future of Literary Studies 2016-06-14 - 2016-06-15 2016.

  • Falke, Cassandra. ‘How Can Phenomenology Clarify the Relationship between Literature and Embodied Life?’. Cross-Disciplinary Phenomenology: A Readiness for the Questionable 2016-06-24 - 2016-06-24 2016.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Reading Terror in the Romantic Sublime. International Conference on Romanticism 2016-10-20 - 2016-10-23 2016.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Love Without Bodies. Breached Horizons: The Work of Jean-Luc Marion 2015-03-27 - 2015-03-29 2015.

  • Falke, Cassandra. Byron’s Corsair and the Boundaries of Sympathy. International Conference on Romanticism 2014-09-25 - 2014-09-28 2014.

  • Falke, Cassandra. One Face in Painting and in Person. Face, Faces, The Phenomenology of Face 2014-10-19 - 2014-10-22 2014.

  • Attachments: