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Ms. Lena Wanggren

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, Research Fellow

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Dr Lena Wånggren is the Research Fellow for SWINC (Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century), working with the new edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's collected literary production. She holds an MSc and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA (Hons) in Literary Studies from Stockholm University.

Research Interests

Lena's main research concerns questions of gender in late nineteenth-century literature and culture. She has worked specifically on gender and technology and the figure of the New Woman, focusing on authors such as Grant Allen and H. G. Wells, examined in the larger context of late-Victorian popular and feminist fiction. Her monograph on the subject, entitled Gender, Technology and the New Woman, will be published by EUP in spring 2017.

More broadly, Lena's research interests include critical theory, specifically gender and feminist theory, embodiment, and the works of Michel Foucault. Related to this, she co-edited (with Karin Sellberg and Kam Aghtan) the book Corporeality and Culture: Bodies in Movement (Routledge, 2015). She also works on pedagogy, intersectionality, contemporary feminist practice, literature and technology, Scottish writing, and the medical humanities.

Since 2010 she organises a university-wide interdisciplinary feminism and gender reading group.

Research activity

Lena is currently researching the Scottish New Woman in a postcolonial framework focusing on gender and nation. She is also researching the short fiction of Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson, and working on an article on Robert Louis Stevenson and the late nineteenth-century Woman Question. 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). She is currently co-editing a special issue on international education and educational rights, for the International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives.

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). She has articles and book chapters published and forthcoming on gender transgression, the New Woman, feminist storytelling, gender and medicine, embodiment, and pedagogy.

Research outputs

  1. International education, educational rights and pedagogy: Introduction

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

  2. Feminist work in academia and beyond

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  3. Our stories matter: Storytelling and social justice in the Hollaback! movement

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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