M.A. (Lund and Stockholm, 1991)
UBC Killam Teaching Prize (2010)

Lena Karlström came to the department in 1993, leaving Stockholm where she combined teaching with freelance travel journalism. She teaches Swedish language courses and Scandinavian literature courses, including the summer course (SCAN 332B) in Scandinavian Contemporary Fiction and Film.

In addition, she has taught workshops on music and lyrics in language teaching at UBC, and Swedish at the Swedish Institute’s summer courses for international students. She has also organized a number of conferences, both at UBC and at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Swedish Fiction and Film with specially invited authors, directors and scholars.

Lena Karlström has a special interest in literature and translation. She wrote about the Swedish poet Tranströmer in her thesis Världsomseglarklanger: en komparativ studie i engelska översättningar av Tomas Tranströmers dikter (Circumnavigation Sounds: a Comparative Study of English Translations of Tomas Tranströmer’s poems) and has worked on translations of the Swedish writer Richard Swartz and contemporary Jewish writers in Sweden.

In the last few years, Lena Karlström has presented papers on contemporary Swedish migrant literature and film at a number of conferences. Currently, she is focusing on finding new material for her Scandinavian Crime Fiction course (SCAN 336).

Lena Karlström’s Courses at UBC | Swedish and Scandinavian Film and Literature

Migration literature and film

The Swedish courses and the Scandinavian Crime Literature course (Scan 336) and the Contemporary Scandinavian Drama and Film Course (Scan 411B)

Currently Teaching

Winter 2019

SCAN336 Scandinavian Crime Fiction (in English) Sections

Crime fictions and films as a mirror of Scandinavian society.

Winter 2019

SWED100 Elementary Swedish I Sections

Students with native or near-native proficiency in a Scandinavian language (e.g. Danish, Norwegian, Swedish) cannot participate in the elementary Swedish courses (SWED 100 and SWED 110), but are welcome to join the intermediate courses (SWED 200 and SWED 210).

Winter 2019

SWED110 Elementary Swedish II Sections

Students with native or near-native proficiency in a Scandinavian language (e.g. Danish, Norwegian, Swedish) cannot participate in the elementary Swedish courses (SWED 100 and SWED 110), but are welcome to join the intermediate courses (SWED 200 and SWED 210).

Winter 2019

SWED200 Intermediate Swedish I Sections

Winter 2019

SWED210 Intermediate Swedish II Sections