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Marie Nedregotten Sorbo

Specializing in

  • The reception of British women writers in Norway
  • Jane Austen’s work, life and times
  • The reception of Jane Austen in Norway
  • The reception of George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) in Norway
  • Jane Austen in translation
  • Women in the established canon of Scandinavian literary histories
  • Comparative longitudinal studies of the reception of male and female writers (Jane Austen and Walter Scott, Elizabeth and Robert Browning)

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Some recent publications relevant for NEWW

  • ‘Kva handlar Austen om; det sære eller det søte?’ [What is Austen all about: the quaint or the cute?] The literary journal ‘bøygen’, no 04, 2009, University of Oslo, pp.90-96.
  • ‘Discovering the women of the past’ [about Chawton House Library] in the journal Språk og Språkundervisning [Language and Language teaching], no 2, 2009 pp.34-37.
  • "Jane Austen and Norway: Sharing the Long Road to Recognition", in Anthony Mandal and Brian Southam (eds.), The Reception of Jane Austen in Europe. London, Continuum, 2007, p. 132-151.
  • "Litterære ambisjoner?" ["Literary ambitions?" a brief comment on the varying reception of Elizabeth and Robert Browning] Morgenbladet [The Morning Post, a national newspaper] 18.5.2007.
  • ‘The Latecomer: Jane Austen in Norwegian Schools’, in Språk og språkundervisning, no 1, 2005 pp.29-35 + no 2, 2005 p.15. (Includes observations on Nineteenth-century textbooks.)
  • ’Portrett av ei dame. Jane Austen i skandinaviske litteraturhistorier’ [Portrait of a Lady: Jane Austen in Scandinavian Literary Histories], in Mellom sann skrift og mytisk røynd. Volda: The series of the Ivar Aasen Institute, no 17, 2004, pp.76-95. (This is a comparison of the reception of Jane Austen versus that of Walter Scott.)

Realized or planned activities/publications in NEWW-context

  • Participating in the COST-WWIH workshop, Belgrade 14-16 April 2011
  • Participating in COST Training School The Hague 11-16 October 2010.
  • Contributing to COST-WWIH workshop Turku 24-26 May 2010.
  • Participating, as member of the Management Committee and of Working Group 3, in COST Action IS 0901 “Women Writers In History” (2009-2013); cf. COST website.
  • Book in progress: ‘Paraphrase and Prejudice’: Austen for Norwegians. A comparison of four translations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
  • Book chapter in preparation: ‘The Reception of George Eliot in Norway’ for The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe.
  • ‘Jane Austen: Irony or Idyll?’ Visiting Fellow’s paper at Chawton House Library, 11 February 2009.
  • ’Jane Austen i Norge’ [JA in Norway], lecture at the public Research Days, Volda University College, 21.9.2007.
  • ‘”Very little white satin, very few lace veils”: Jane Austen’s Endings’, Tenth Nordic Conference for English Studies, University of Bergen, Norway, 26.5.2007.


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