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Patrick Wen


Office Hours: Tues/Thurs, 2:00pm-3:00pm at Jimmy's Coffee House, outside

Fields of interest: modern literary history, crime narrative, Nordic film & tv studies, Isak Dinesen, transatlantic studies

Patrick Wen is a Continuing Lecturer in Scandinavian Studies in the Department of ELTS (European Languages and Transnational Cultures) at the University of California Los Angeles.  His research interests include modern literary history, immigration, crime literature, comparative literature, Isak Dinesen, and film and television studies. His publications have appeared in Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory and Studies in American Culture. His current research projects include a study of John Steinbeck’s influence on resistance movements in occupied Europe during the Second World War.


  • B.A. American Literature, Northwestern University
  • Vitnemål, Friluftsliv, Olavskolen Folkehøgskole
  • M.A. Scandinavian Literature, UCLA
  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UCLA


Research interests include crime literature, the Danish writer Isak Dinesen, literary history, film history and comparative literature.

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Courses commonly taught

Scandinavian 11-Elementary Norwegian
Scandinavian 12-Elementary Norwegian
Scandinavian 13-Elementary Norwegian
Scandinavian 50-Introduction to Scandinavian Literatures and Cultures
Scandinavian 50W- Introduction to Scandinavian Literatures and Cultures
Scandinavian 60- Introduction to Nordic Cinema
Scandinavian 60W-Introduction to Nordic Cinema
Scandinavian 141C-Short Story in Scandinavia
Scandinavian 143C-Scandinavian Crime Literature
Scandinavian 157-Contemporary Nordic Literature
Scandinavian 161-Introduction to Nordic Cinema
Scandinavian C180-Literature and Scandinavian Society