Dorthe Enger (b. 1957) is a writer and teacher. She has got an MA in English, Religious Studies, Philosophy and High School Leadership. She is a prolific writer of articles in Danish newspapers and magazines. Her articles cover a wide area of themes: Pedagogical, philosophical, religious and cultural. In 2013, she wrote Religionskritik, a book on religious criticism for the Danish high schools. Her latest book Perspectives on Religious Criticism – the Challenge of Globalization was published in 2016. This book focuses on three subjects; religion and dogma, religion and gender and religion and science.
Dorthe Enger’s father was an anglophile as a response to World War II and a deep-rooted disgust with the Fascist movements of the 1930’s. Her uncle married a woman from Wales, and gave her the gift of a wonderful aunt. Another much appreciated aunt married an Australian pilot and moved to Zürich, where she studied Jungian psychology and became an analyst. From these role models Dorthe Enger learned to see beyond nationality and discover that treasures do not carry specific cultural or nationalistic labels but can be found at home and abroad. At the age of 13, her love affair with English literature had begun. She had devoured, initially struggling with the English language, Baroness Orczy’s (a Hungarian) The Scarlet Pimpernel and the works of the English crime novelist Dorothy L. Sayers. At the age of 14, she read George Bernard Shaw’s plays in English.
Dorthe Enger majored in English and got a gold medal for her thesis “The Role of Existentialism in the Works of John Fowles.” She was employed at the Jesuit high school Niels Steensens Gymnasium in Copenhagen for 25 years, the last years as principal. Here she played an important role in introducing Chinese into the school’s curriculum. She was also appointed delegate to JECSE (Jesuit European Committee of Secondary Education). Missing teaching and having had a bout with cancer, she changed jobs and is now employed at another high school, Hasseris Gymnasium, where she teaches English in the school’s IB department (International Baccalaureate) and Religion.
The combination of many years of international experience and the cultural significance of globalization has made it clear to her the importance of teaching students to navigate in a world of mutually contradictive worldviews. The easy solution is to barricade oneself within one’s own worldview or to harmonize worldviews, ignoring or repressing boundaries. Her two books aim at encouraging students and readers generally to reflect critically and with empathy on their own and the worldviews of others in order to combat a destructive us and them mindset.