Apr 17 2024

Introducing the OSI 2024 Faculty: Cassandra Falke

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We are happy to announce Cassandra Falke as a member of the OSI 2024 faculty! Cassandra is a Professor of English Literature at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, where she also leads the Interdisciplinary Phenomenology research group. She has written widely on romanticism, literary theory, phenomenology and representations of violence, with a recent focus on human rights and readerly responsibility in historical fiction. Cassandra will convene a workshop with Ted Laros on questions of Literature and Human Rights.

She has published two monographs and has two more forthcoming. Literature by the Working Classes: English Autobiography, 1820-1848 (2013) uncovers innovative approaches to life narration among a neglected body of working-class literature. The Phenomenology of Love and Reading (2017) reconsiders the ethics of reading in light of radically intersubjective understandings of personhood in French phenomenology. Global Human Rights Fiction, forthcoming in 2024, describes an emergent genre of historical fiction that rewrites political violence from 1948 to now in light of the hopes and failures of post-World War Two human rights law. Wise Passiveness: Phenomenologies of Receptivity in British Romantic Poetry, due out the following year, explores poetic descriptions of receptivity as precursors to phenomenological conceptualizations of self-becoming in the world. Also in 2024-2025, she will be working on a project called The Reader as Witness: Situated Responsibility and Fictional Histories of Violence, with support from a fellowship at Cornell University ́s Society for the Humanities. Prior work has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the Joint Committee of Nordic Research Councils, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the US Embassy of Norway. Her editorial work includes two special issues and four edited collections, most recently Interpreting Violence: Narrative, Ethics and Hermeneutics (2023).

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