Dr. Karen A. Grossweiner
I received my B.A. in English from Carleton College and my M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Additionally, I was trained in the French Department at the University of Warwick in Coventry, U.K.; at the Centre d'Etudes Superieures de Civilization Medievale, Universite de 1Poitiers, France; and at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL. I also have a professional background in film production and post-production including two years as a documentary film editor for ZDF in Germany. My specialization is medieval literature, and I wrote my dissertation on subjectivity in medieval English and French romance. Sections of my dissertation have been published in The Court Reconvenes: Courtly Literature Across the Disciplines (2003) and Neophilologus (forthcoming), and I expect the remainder of the dissertation to be published in the near future. I am also working on two new projects: a study of the effect of invisibility on female representation and a comparison of genre theory (both contemporary and modern) in medieval literature and film.
I taught for 3 years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of North Florida before joining University of Alaska Fairbanks' faculty in 2005. My teaching interests are broad and encompass both literature and film. I have taught literature courses on medieval romance and dream vision, Chaucer, Arthurian literature, pre-1800 surveys, and Shakespeare as well as film courses on Film Noir and Neo-Noir, Alfred Hitchcock, Cinema of the Weimar Republic, Genre Theory and the Horror Film, and Introduction to Film History. I am also combining my interests in literature and film in a Women's Literature course which I focus on "dangerous women." I love innovating courses and hope to continue integrating my very diverse interests in new and exciting ways.