Lena Wanggren



Dr Lena Wånggren is the Research Fellow for SWINC (Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century), working with the new edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's collected literary production. She holds an MSc and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA (Hons) in Literary Studies from Stockholm University.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Edinburgh in Fiction / Fiction in Edinburgh

Research summary

Lena's main research concerns questions of gender in late nineteenth-century literature and culture. She has worked specifically on gender and technology and the figure of the New Woman, focusing on authors such as Grant Allen and H. G. Wells, examined in the larger context of late-Victorian fiction.

She is currently researching figurations of the Scottish New Woman, specifically focusing on early female doctors.

More broadly, Lena's research interests include literary and critical theory, specifically gender and feminist theory and the works of Michel Foucault. She also works on pedagogy, intersectionality, contemporary feminist practice, literature and technology, and the medical humanities.

Since 2010 she organises a university-wide interdisciplinary feminism and gender reading group:

Project activity

Lena recently co-edited (with Karin Sellberg and Kam Aghtan) a book on corporeality and culture, and (with Maja Milatovic) a special issue of the Journal of Feminist Scholarship on education, intersectionality and social change. She has also co-edited a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies entitled 'Writing Bodies: Gender and Medicine in the Nineteenth Century' (July 2013), and a special issue of Somatechnics on the somatechnics of movement (Mar 2014).

As part of her work on feminist pedagogy, she co-runs Critical Pedagogies, an educational project coming out of the 2013 symposium Critical Pedagogies: Equality and Diversity in a Changing Institution.

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