Presentation of members of EMRG



Sophie Chiari is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Provence, France. She specializes in Elizabethan studies and is the author of several articles on Shakespeare and his contemporaries. In 2009, she edited three Ovidian tales rewritten in the 1560s in Renaissance Tales of Desire (Preface by Sarah A. Brown, CSP, 2009) and in 2010, she published a monograph on Renaissance mazes (L’image du labyrinthe à la Renaissance, Preface by François Laroque, Champion, 2010).


Roy Eriksen, dr.phil, is Professor of English Renaissance Literature and Culture, University of Agder, Norway. Head of EMRG and joint general editor of Early Modern Culture Online (EMCO), and general editor of Early Modern and Modern Studies (EMMS). He publishes in and edits English and Italian Renaissance Studies, e.g. The Forme of Faustus Fortunes (Humanities, 1987), The Building in the text (Penn State, 2001), and Imitation, Representation and Printing (Serra, 2009).


Unn Falkeid,, is a postdoctoral fellow in Italian literature at University of Oslo. Her research project is an exploration of the Avignon papacy as a context for textual transmissions between different cultures of early modern Europe, between Italian humanism, Franciscan theology, and scholastic philosophy. In addition to several articles on Dante and Petrarch, she has published the monograph Petrarca og det modern selvet (2007), and edited Dante: A Critical Reappraisal (2008). She is currently co-editing The Cambridge Companion to Petrarch with Albert Russell Ascoli (University of California, Berkeley) and a volume on the Renaissance poet Gaspara Stampa, together with Aileen Astorga Feng (University of Arizona).


Sonja Fielitz is Dean and Full Professor of English Literature at the Phillips Universität, Marburg. She studied English, Latin and German at the University of Munich and received her Ph.D. in 1992 with a study on Shakespeare's Timon of Athens. Her post-doctoral thesis, published in 2000, examines the status of Ovid's Metamorphoses within the various theoretical and critical disourses in the long eighteenth-century in England. She has also taught English Literature at the Universities of Goettingen and Munster, and her further publications include three student books, a study of Shakespeare's Othello, and numerous articles on the 'long' early modern period (1550-1800) on school- and university novels, children's literature, and (post)modern drama with particular reference to performance criticism.


Frida Forsgren, dr.phil, is a researcher at Agder University, Kristiansand. Her doctorate was on art and drama in fifteenth century Italy. She has published articles on this subject and on the reconstruction of Mantegna's house in Mantua. She has published San Francisco Beat Art in Norway (2008) and is presently working on a biography of 10 American artists: Beat Lives: San Francisco-based artists of the 1950s. Her early modern project involves making a full inventory of the art collection at the 18th century mansion Gimle in Kristiansand.


Dominique Goy-Blanquet was professor of Elizabethan Theatre at the University of Picardie. She is a member of La Quinzaine Littéraire and a contributor to TLS. Her works include e.g. Shakespeare’s Early History Plays: From Chronicle to Stage (OUP, 2003), Shakespeare et I’invention de l’histoire (Le Cri, 2004) the edition of Joan of Arc A Saint for All Reasons (Ashgate 2003). She is currently writing a book on theatre and law.


Clare E. L. Guest, dr.phil, is research associate in Italian at Trinity College Dublin. Her chief interest is the 'pre-history' of aesthetics in the Renaissance and the various word-image permutations which structured the continuum of representation. These run from rhetoric and the paradigmatic role of theatre to the pervasive presence of the Aristotelian tradition. Secondary interests include the reception of Greek in the Renaissance


Dagmar Haumann, dr. phil. habil, is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Agder. Her main research interests lie in synchronic and diachronic syntax, especially in the structural integration and licensing of modifiers. She has published on the licensing of adverb(ial)s and clause structure, the positions and interpretations of adnominal adjectives in Old English, and the syntax of subordination. Haumann is currently working on diachronic variation and change in tough-movement constructions in Early Modern English.


Oddvar Holmesland, Ph.D. (U of Edinburgh) is Professor of English Literature at the University of Agder. Research interests include modern and early modern (c. 1650 – ) English literature. Some main publications: A Critical Introduction to Henry Green’s Novels: The Living Vision (Macmillan, 1986); Form as Compensation for Life: Fictive Patterns in Virginia Woolf’s Novels (Boydell & Brewer/Camden House, 1998); Aphra Behn and Margaret Cavendish: Utopian Negotiation (forthcoming).


Gard Jenset, PhD, is associate professor of English at Bergen University College, Norway. His main research interests are diachronic linguistics, language processing, cognitive linguistics, and quantitative methods in linguistics.


Svenn-Arve Myklebost, M.phil, is currently working on his PhD at the University of Bergen. His project investigates adaptations of plays by Shakespeare into visual-verbal forms such as comic books and manga. He has a background from English lit., comparative lit. and graphic design.


Christina Sandhaug, University of Oslo. Her main project is "Spectacular rhetoric: Reading Stuart Court Masques". She has published e.g. “Daniel’s Facade. The Literary implications of Architectural Frontage” in Form and the Arts (Roma: Kappa, 2001), “Conceit beyond Expectation. Mary Sidney’s Rhyming Rhetoric in Psalm 55 Exaudi, Deus. Norlit 1999:2, and ”The English Paratexts" in Thomas More’s Utopia in Early Modern Europe. Paratexts and Contexts (Manchester: MUP 2008), 205-18.


Stuart Sillars is Professor of English at the University of Bergen, having previously been a member of the Faculty of English at Cambridge. He is joint general editor of Early Modern Culture Online. Sillars is also head of Bergen Shakespeare and Drama Network (BSDN).The focus of his research is on the relations between literature and the visual arts, on which he has written and lectured extensively. His most recent books are Painting Shakespeare: The Artist as Critic, 1720-1820 and The Illustrated Shakespeare, 1709-1875


Per Sivefors is Senior Lecturer in English at Linnaeus University and in Comparative Literature at the programme of Renaissance Studies, Gotland University. Among his research interests are early modern subjectivity, dream narratives, urban culture and authorship. He is the editor of Urban Preoccupations: Mental and Material Landscapes (Pisa, 2007).


John W. Vinje, M.phil, is Research Fellow in Early Modern English Literature and Culture at the University of Agder, Norway. He is currently engaged in a PhD project on cognitive metaphor theory in the language, law and drama of John Webster and Thomas Middleton. Vinje is currently managing editor of Early Modern Culture Online.


Peter Young, Professor of English at the University of Agder, has a Ph.D. from the University of Durham and has also taught at universities in the U.K. and Africa. Research interests include the literary expression of early modern cultural contact, for example with Africans and peoples of the New World. Current, is an inquiry into the existence of an intellectual community spanning the countries bordering the North Sea, as reflected in writing of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

Thomas Østerhaug is research fellow in intellectual history at the University of Oslo. He is currently working on a PhD project on the relationship between science and religion in early modern England, focussing on the religious foundations of Francis Bacon's thought.



Early Modern Research Group
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