Johanna Hoorenman is Assistant Professor in Modern English and American language. She obtained her PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2010, with a thesis on the role of animals in 20th century American poetry, and has published on the work of Galway Kinnell, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Merrill.
Her research is situated in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature and has a two-pronged focus on American literature and on American popular fiction. In American literature she is most interested in poets of the Middle Generation and their engagement with the natural environment and with non-human animals in particular. Her current work in American popular fiction focuses on historical romance fiction and the ways in which women write themselves into history in stories that centralize love, community, and heritage. She is currently working on historical romance novels set in the Viking era, and is editing a collection on Viking history and mythology in 20th and 21st century popular culture.
Keywords: American popular fiction, American poetry, cultural heritage studies, medievalism/ vikingism.