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Lene M Johannessen


Institutt for fremmedspråk

Transculturations: Nordic Network of Transcultural Literary Studies

Forskergruppen Nordic Network for Literary Transculturation Studies

Forskergruppen Amerikastudier

Stilling: professor

Telefon: 55 58 23 99


Besøksadresse: HF-bygget, Sydnesplassen 7

Romnummer: 249

  • Research interests and teaching are generally focused around topics in American Studies, Chicano studies, Postcolonial studies, and more generally yet, literatures of/in migration and the ideological, cultural, social and aesthetic manifestations and negotiations of the en-route as these are refracted in narratives.  Most recently this is something I focus on in relation to the idea of genre/ritual as 'triggers' for transculturation/transvaluation. 

    Research stays connected to various projects include visits as Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Literature Program, Duke University (1996-97); as visiting scholar in the Centre for Chicano Studies., University of California Santa Barbara (2000), in the History of Consciousness Department, University of California Santa Cruz (2005-06) and in the Literature Department, University of California Santa Cruz (2009, 2011)




  • M.A., American Literature, University of Bergen, 1994
  • Dr.art (PhD), American Literature, University of Bergen, 2001
  • Associate professor, English Dept, University of Bergen, 2005
  • Professor, American literature and culture, IF, 2010





Publikasjoner i Cristin

In progress:

on Border Aesthetics: "Imaginary", with Ruben Moi 

"'Shangri-La Recall': Remembering Chávez Ravine"

"Americanity on the Border: Alex Rivera's Sleepwalker"


"Russia's Californio Romance: The Other Shores of Whitman's Pacific," in The Imaginary and Its Worlds: American Studies after the Transnational Turn, University Press of New England 


 Horizons of Enchantment: Essays in the American ImaginaryUniversity Press of New England, 2011

Performing Change: Identity, Ownership and Tradition in Ugandan Oral Culture. Eds. Dominica Dipio, Lene Johannessen, Stuart Sillars. Oslo: Novus, 2009

Performing Community: Essays on Ugandan Oral Culture. Eds. Dominica Dipio, Lene Johannessen, Stuart Sillars. Oslo: Novus, 2008

Threshold Time: Passage of Crisis in Chicano Literature. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2008.

Considering Class: Essays on the Discourse of the American Dream. Berlin: LitVerlag, 2007. Co-edited and introduction with Kevin Cahill.

Readings of the Particular: The Postcolonial in the Postnational.Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2007. Co-edited and introduction with Anne Holden Rønning.

To Become the Self One Is: A Critical Companion to Drude Krog Janson’s A Saloonkeeper’s Daughter. Oslo: Novus, 2005. Co-edited and introduction with Asbjørn Grønstad.

ARTICLES / ESSAYS (selected):

"Postcolonial Palimpsest: Hybridity and Writing,"  Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literatures. CUP 2012

“De-Symbolization and the Cultural Act,” Border Poetics De-Limited.Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag 2007: 163-176.

“The Anatomy of Exile: David Malouf's An Imaginary Life and Anita Desai's Baumgartner's Bombay,” Violence and Transgression in World Minority Literatures. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter. 2005: 381-397.

“’The insincere embrace:’ Canons and the Market,” American Studies in Scandinavia 2004: 36(2): 77-92.

”The Lonely Figure: Memory of Exile in Ana Menéndez' “In Cuba I was a German Shepherd.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 2005: 41(1): 54-68.


Teaching includes courses on undergraduate and graduate levels, from the introductory survey course in American literature and culture (ENG122) to MA courses in various areas of American and postcolonial literatures and cultures:( "Other Routes" (spring 2006), "Literary Passages" (spring 2008), "Literatures of California" (spring 2010, "Transculturation in American Literature" (Fall 2010), "Itineraries in American Literature" (spring 2012)  

Supervising of MA theses has tended to cover a wide range of topics and genres in American, postcolonial, and Chicano literature/culture, as well as certain areas o American popular culture studies. 




Over the past few years Johan Schimanski and Stephen Wolfe have been instrumental in giving shape to this project which explores epistemological and theoretical underpinnings and manifestations of the border. The link takes you to a comprehensive home page for this project, and an impressive and very helpful encyclopedia of terms related to border poetics. The project ended in 2012.