Ann-Kathrine Havemose is the lecturer of Danish and Scandinavian studies. She is a native Danish speaker, and has an MA in comparative literature and general linguistics from Aarhus University, Denmark, while also having studied Celtic Civilization and Irish folklore at University College Cork, Ireland.
Ann-Kathrine specialises in the performative use of folktales in contemporary Scandinavian picture books – her most recent work focusing on the practical use of The Three Billy Goats Gruff in Danish kindergartens. Her research interests include folklore, performativity studies, play theory, perception theory, literary history, and children’s literature, but she has also studied topics such as the works of Tolkien, trolls in Scandinavian folklore, racism and censorship in Northern European children’s books, and mythology.
Besides Elementary and Intermediate Danish, Ann-Kathrine will be teaching courses in Scandinavian culture and literature (SCAN 332, 333 and 414) as well as Vikings and Norse Mythology (SCAN 335).
- The use of folklore, specifically folktales, in contemporary Scandinavian children’s literature
- Performativity and intermediality in contemporary Scandinavian children’s literature