Location: Bowdoin / Aviva Briefel


Morten Hansen

Visiting Assistant Professor of English

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Massachusetts Hall - 207

Teaching this semester

ENGL 1034. America in the World

Examines America as it is seen in literature from home and abroad. How have American authors described America’s place in the world? How has America’s present role as the sole global superpower affected how we view its past? What does America look like today from the perspective of the third world? Explores the way literature represents space and time, from current events to world history. Authors include Henry James, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Jamaica Kincaid, and Junot Díaz.


  • 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).