Maria Olaussen to speak at Comparative Literature Luncheon Oct. 12

October 07, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- At 12:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Maria Olaussen, professor of English literature at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, will present “Helpless against the tides: The Spirit of the Times in Doris Lessing’s Autobiographies,” in Room 102 of the Kern Building.

Olaussen has published on feminist theory and African literature, especially African women writers. She is the author of “Three Types of Feminist Criticism and Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea” and “Forceful Creation in Harsh Terrain: Place and Identity in Three Novels by Bessie Head,” as well as the edited collection “Africa Writing Europe: Oppositions, Entanglements, Juxtapositions.“ Her teaching and research interests are in African literature, gender and postcolonial studies. She is currently working on a project titled, “Narrating the Animal Subject: Concurrences as Narrative Strategy.”

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. — coffee, tea and light lunch fare are provided. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit

Last Updated October 07, 2015