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Auvinen, Dr. Karen Instructor


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research overview

  • Dr. Auvinen's research is focused on the cultural context of films and the ideas about gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality that films circulate. Most recently, she has extended her study to popular culture forms in order to investigate what these artifact reflect about individual and societal ideology and values in addition to developing a class on narrative forms geared toward the first year experience. Additionally, she is interested in the idea of place not only as a geographic narrative, but as a personal, social, ethnic, psychological, sexual, and gendered narrative in literature and film. However, her primary work is creative. Her memoir, Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living, about the decade she spent living alone with her dog in a wood-stove-heated cabin at 8500 feet was published by Scribner in June, 2018. She continues to write and publish essays, fiction and poetry.


  • storytelling, pop culture, cultural studies, gender studies, film studies, film analysis, media studies, american literature, native american literature, ethnic american literature, literature of the american west, women's literature, literary analysis, creative writing - poetry, fiction, nonfiction



courses taught

  • LIBB 1600 Gender and Film (Spring 2019)
  • LIBB 2510 Special Topics in Libby Residential Academic Program (Spring 2019)
  • FYSM 1000 First Year Seminar (Fall 2018)
  • LIBB 1600 Gender and Film (Fall 2018)
  • LIBB 2013 Film and the Quest for Truth (Fall 2018)
  • HUMN 2100 Arts, Culture and Media (Spring 2018)
  • LIBB 1600 Gender and Film (Spring 2018)
  • LIBB 2013 Film and the Quest for Truth (Spring 2018)

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