Location: Bowdoin / Aviva Briefel


Morten Hansen

Visiting Assistant Professor of English

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Massachusetts Hall - 207

Teaching this semester

ENGL 1109. Introduction to Narrative

Explores some of the many ways that narrative allows literature to instruct and delight. Why do we need stories to make sense of our lives? How have the ways we tell stories about ourselves changed over the course of the last two centuries? Surveying a range of short stories and novels, considers how formal elements such as theme, plot, perspective, style, and genre shape our understanding of a text. Authors include Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway, Alice Munro, Jorge Luis Borges, David Foster Wallace, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Teaching next semester

ENGL 2550. Modern and Contemporary American Literature

Survey of twentieth and early twenty-first-century American literature. Readings include novels, short stories, poems, and plays. Explores the relationship between literary form and the changes brought on by the epochal events of modernity. Pays special attention to how America is imagined and reimagined as a geographical space, a community, and a set of purposes. Topics include immigration, changing race relations, war, issues of gender and sexuality, and new technologies. Authors may include Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin, and Claudia Rankine.


  • Ph.D. The University of Virginia, English
  • M.A. University of Virginia, English
  • B.A. University of Copenhagen, Comparative Literature

American and global literature and culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Global American literature and culture; twentieth and twenty-first century American literature; literary and political theory; the contemporary epic.

" 'A World of Something': Jamaica Kincaid and the New Global Epic" Comparative Literature (forthcoming).