Dr Hanna Zmijewska-Emerson

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German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch
327B FolH
9 Pleasant St SE

“For many years, it seemed as if nothing changed in Norway. You could leave the country for three months, travel the world, through coups d'etat, assassinations, famines, massacres and tsunamis, and come home to find that the only new thing in the newspapers was the crossword puzzle.” (Jo Nesbo)

This is not the case anymore. Almost everything changes: the language, the population, immigration and integration issues, oil industry and economy in general, infrastructure – the list can go on. It is my goal to make my students realize the complexity of the nation and appreciate its beauty by studying Norwegian language, literature, film and art.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Norwegian Drama - Henrik Ibsen, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1996.

Curriculum Vitae


  • 19th and 20th Century Literature Norwegian Drama and Theatre Immigration to Norway Contemporary Norwegian Society Pedagogy
Courses Taught
  • NOR 1001, NOR 1002, NOR 1003, NOR 1004, SCAN 3011W, SCAN 3051W
Research & Professional Activities


  • Member of Lakselaget,
  • "The construction of social imagery in Pillars of Society" SASS
  • "Rosmersholm: Agape, Eros and tradition" SASS
  • "Det man nødig taler om, or Ibsen’s commentary on sex” SASS
  • “The motif of social class and social outcasts in Ibsen’s prose plays” SASS
  • “Dagny Juel Przybyszewska – the Polish connection in the MODA POLSKA movement” SASS
  • An extensive lesson plan incorporating literature in language instruction published in a CARLA book “Developing Classroom Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages”
  • Review of the Commonweal Theatre Company’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, Ibsen News and Comment
  • “Nature symbolism and mysticism in Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses” SASS