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Randi Synnøve Koppen

Professor, British literature
  • E-mailrandi.koppen@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 23 68
  • Visitor Address
    Sydnesplassen 7
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen
  • Virginia Woolf and British modernism
  • Leonard Woolf, colonialism and totalitarianism
  • Modernism and Colonialism
  • Fashion and literary modernity
  • Literature and science
  • Performance and performativity
  • Contemporary theatre
  • Gender in performance



Scenes of Infidelity: Feminism in the Theatre (Solum Press, 1997)

Woolf, Fashion and Literary Modernity (Edinburgh University Press, 2009; pb. 2011). See



Edited collections (with Margareth Hagen and Margery Vibe Skagen)

The Art of Discovery: Encounters in Literature and Science (Aarhus University Press, 2010). See



The Human and Its Limits (Spartacus, 2011; forthcoming)

Scholarly articles

Professor Koppen has published internationally on literature and science, contemporary drama and modernist fiction. International publications include articles in Modern Drama (35, 1992) and New Literary History (28.4, 1997 and 32.2, 2001), as well as contributions to Woolf and the Art of Exploration and Woolfian Boundaries, Selected Papers of the Annual International Woolf Conferences in 2005 and 2006 (Clement University Press). Current projects are within Victorian fiction, addressing the role of emotion in the industrial novel (Dickens and Gaskell) and the human/machine interface (Samuel Butler).

  • Show author(s) (2024). Koppen R. Participatory Democracy and the British Utopian Tradition: Leonard Woolf’s Co-operative Commonwealth in Historical Perspective. . Journal of British Studies.
  • Show author(s) (2022). The Loose Mass, The Open Society, and the Co-operative Commonwealth: Altermodernities Between the Wars. Modernism/Modernity.
  • Show author(s) (2020). ‘Down to the last button ... in the fashion of the hour’: Virginia Woolf and the Writer of Modern Fiction. 24 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Virginia Woolf and the World of Books: the Centenary of the Hogarth Press. European Journal of English Studies (EJES). 100-101.
  • Show author(s) (2019). The Work of the Witness: Leonard Woolf, Imperialism, and Totalitarianism. Partial Answers. 209-226.
  • Show author(s) (2018). The Negress and the Bishop: On Marriage, Colonialism, and the Problem of Knowledge.
  • Show author(s) (2017). “We are ourselves fremdsprachig”: Foreign Literature Studies in the Twenty-First Century . Bergen Language and Linguistics Studies (BeLLS). 87-102.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Remembering Ceylon: Leonard Woolf’s Colony in the Age of Extremism. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Remaining Relevant: Modern Language Studies Today. University of Bergen.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Rambling Round Words: Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Broadcasting. 17 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2014). "The Economy of Emotions: Sympathy and Sentimentality in Victorian Culture". 25 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Samuel Beckett in Bergen. The Beckett Circle. 2 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2011). The human and its limits : explorations in science, literature and the visual arts. Spartacus.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Men, Machines and Money: Samuel Butler's Erewhon (1871). 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Introduction. 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Re-thinking the "Performative Turn" : Fashioned Bodies, Sartorial Semiotics and the Performance of Culture, 1900-1930. 21 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Modernism's Einstein: Wyndham Lewis and the Politics of Science Popularisation. 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Mapping, Bridging, Quilting: Tracing the Relations between Literature and Science. 20 pages.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

  • Narrative, Memory, History: Reading Legacies of Totalitarianism
  • Text, Action, Space: Performative language and topographical patterns as converging areas in modern drama, prose fiction and film. An Inter-Disciplinary Approach to Aesthetic and Cultural Studies  https://www.uib.no/fg/teksthandlingrom


Dr.art. in British Literature 1995. Professor of British Literature 2009.