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Cassandra Falke

Department of Language and Culture

Job description:

Cassandra Falke is a Professor of English Literature at UiT and the coordinator for the English Literature section. Her books include Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory (ed. 2010), Literature by the Working Class: English Autobiography, 1820-1848 (2013), and most recently The Phenomenology of Love and Reading (2016). She has also authored articles about Wordsworth, Byron, Coleridge, liberal arts education, contemporary phenomenology and the portrayal of violence in literature.

Her grants and awards have included a Fulbright professorship, two NEH awards, and a Distinguished Professor designation for teaching. She is a member of the Executive Board of the International Conference on Romanticism and grant evaluation boards for the American Studies Association of Norway and the Conference on Christianity and Literature. She has organized the new NOH-HS funded network Interpreting Violence: Narrative, Ethics and Hermeneutics and is a partner in the new project "Instrumental Narratives: The Limits of Storytelling and New Story-Critical Narrative Theory" funded by the Academy of Finland.

Research interests

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

Research projects

My most recent book is called  The Phenomenology of Love and Reading . The book 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 suggest that reading literature can strengthen the development of love's habits by engaging us in acts of attention and empathy, and expanding our willingness to be overwhelmed.

I have also recently written about the portrayal of violence against civilians in literary fiction and in terrorist recruiting narratives and about literary theory in relation to the working classes. Future projects will include a comparative study of narrative forms used to represent violent acts and a book on the reader as witness.

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 publications and Chapters

"Meaning It: Everyday Hermeneutics and the Language of Class in Literary Scholarship" in   Working-Class Writing: Theory and Practice.  Edited by 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.  Edited by William Christmas and Kevin Binfield. Modern Language Association, Forthcoming. 

"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. Edited by Jakob Lothe. Oslo: Novus, 2017. 197-208.

"Reading Terror: Imagining Violent Acts through the Rational or Narrative Sublime" in  Storytelling and Ethics: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Literature and Visual Arts.  Edited by Hanna Meretoja and Colin Davis. London & New York: Routledge, 2017.

"Love Without Bodies" in  B reached Horizons: The Work of Jean-Luc Marion. Edited by 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. Edited by Suzanne Barnett and Katherine Bennett Gustafson. 2016. 

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

"Sketches and Fragments: John Clare's Tentative Lives"  The John Clare Society Journal.  31 (2012).

"Love and Reading: Fugitive Pieces as Idol and Icon"   Integrite.  (Winter 2012).

"Good Reading: An Ethics of Christian Literary Theory" in  Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory. Palgrave, 2010.

"Introduction" to  Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory  . Palgrave, 2010.

"Art and sanctification" in  Matter '09: Theology and the Arts.  Shechem Press, 2010.

"John Henry Newman and Today's Liberal Arts Community"   Modern Language Studies. 36 (2006).

"The Sin of the Ancient Mariner"  Lamar Humanities Review.  (Spring 2004).


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


2016/2017 Courses

  • Introduction to Narrative
  • Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Romanticism

Other Recent Courses

  • Literary History: Pirates and Highwaymen
  • Introduction to British Literature
  • Nineteenth-Century Novels
  • The Novel after the Death of the Novel
  • Introduction to American Studies
  • Identity in the Modern American Novel
  • Literature of the American South

Topics for supervision include:

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

Publications in CRIStin

  • 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. 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.

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