Lena Wanggren

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Dr Lena Wånggren teaches courses on English and Scottish Literature, gender studies and feminist writing, in the English Literature department and at the Centre for Open Learning. She also works as a Research Assistant on the new edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's collected literary production.

Holding an MSc and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA (Hons) in Literary Studies from Stockholm University, she has held a variety of research and teaching positions in English Literature at Glasgow University (2017-2020), Edinburgh Napier University (2016-2017), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (2014), and University of Edinburgh (2009-). For six years (2011-2017) she worked as Research Fellow on the New Edinburgh Edition of the Works of R L Stevenson, and 2019-2020 she worked as a Research Associate and Lecturer at Heriot-Watt University, examining disability inclusion and trade unions and lecturing on workplace sociology.


Research Interests

Lena's main research concerns questions of gender in late nineteenth-century literature and culture. Working broadly on gender and social justice in literary studies, she is also interested in feminist activism, pedagogy, Scottish literature, trade union studies, and the medical humanities.

She has published across disciplines stretching from literary and gender studies to labour studies. In nineteenth-century studies she has worked specifically on gender and technology and the figure of the New Woman (see Gender, Technology and the New Woman (2017)). She co-edited (with Karin Sellberg and Kam Aghtan) the book Corporeality and Culture: Bodies in Movement (2015) on the relation between literature, culture and embodiment. She has furthermore published articles and book chapters on literature and medicine, gender studies, pedagogy, Scottish literature, feminist writing and history, and trade union work.

She has co-edited a number of journal special issues, most recently (with Maja Milatovic) one on education, intersectionality and social justice, for the Journal of Feminist Scholarship (2015), and one on international education and educational rights, for the International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives (2018). Previously, Lena has co-edited a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies entitled 'Writing Bodies: Gender and Medicine in the Nineteenth Century' (July 2013), and a special issue of Somatechnics on the somatechnics of movement (Mar 2014).

Lena is currently co-writing a book on working conditions in UK higher education, and researching the short fiction of Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson, on which a journal article is forthcoming. She is also working on the Scottish New Woman in a postcolonial framework focusing on gender and nation.


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