Comparative literature, literary history, urban literature, realism and modernism, history of the novel, hermeneutics, emotions. Selected writers: Karen Blixen, Virginia Woolf, Camilla Collett, Charles Dickens, George Eliot.
Higher education and employment history
- Dr.art from University of Oslo (1996)
- Research Associate Darwin College, Cambridge (1985-86), Lektor in Norwegian University College London (1988-91), Associate Professor/Professor University of Tromsø (1996-2004), Visiting professor/teaching position Scand. dept., UC Berkeley spring 2006, from 2004 professor University of Oslo
- Literature, Cognition, Emotion, Resarch Group (Chair Karin Kukkonen, UiO), Text, Action, Space, Research group (chair Lars Sætre, Bergen).