Anna Bark Persson
I am a PhD-candidate in gender studies within the project Re-imagining Norden in an Evolving World (ReNew). I got my BA and MA in gender studies at Uppsala University, where I also studied English philology and literature. My research interests mainly revolve around literary analysis and cultural studies, and I am particularly interested in questions of gendered narratives and genre conventions, masculinity, queer representation, cyborg theory and posthumanism. In my master thesis, I examined the represenation of female masculinity in two action-heavy science fiction trilogies with a focus on how adhering to rigid genre convention may make possible, rather than restrict, the representation of queer subjectivity.
My PhD thesis holds the preliminary title "The Construction of the North and the Northman in Contemporary Fantasy Literature". I will examine how the image of the Nordic Northman is represented as a figure in contemporary fantasy literature with a focus on masculinity, whiteness, othering and inclusion, as well as how different geographical spaces gain symbolic value in literary texts.