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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


Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2022). The Loose Mass, The Open Society, and the Co-operative Commonwealth: Altermodernities Between the Wars. Modernism/Modernity.
  • Show author(s) (2019). The Work of the Witness: Leonard Woolf, Imperialism, and Totalitarianism. Partial Answers. 209-226.
  • 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) (1998). Psychoanalytic Enactments: Adrienne Kennedy´s Stagings of Memory. Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies.
  • Show author(s) (1997). Formalism and the Return to the Body: Stein´s and Fornes´s Aesthetic of Significant Form. New Literary History. 791-809.
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) (1998). Kroppen som tegn, tegnet som kropp. Om teater og kjønn.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2006). Real Bodies and the Psychology of Clothes: Three Guineas and the Limits of Sartorial Reasoning.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Fashioning Modern Bodies: Fashion, Body-Culture and Dress Reform in British Modernism.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Fashion and Literary Modernity.
  • Show author(s) (1997). Psychoanalytic Enactments: Adrienne Kennedy´s Stagings of Memory.
Book review
  • 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) (2012). Samuel Beckett in Bergen. The Beckett Circle. 2 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2003). Virginia Woolfs Indiskresjoner og andre essays. Norsk Litteraturvitenskapelig Tidsskrift. 153-157.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) (2017). Remaining Relevant: Modern Language Studies Today. University of Bergen.
  • Show author(s) (2011). The human and its limits : explorations in science, literature and the visual arts. Spartacus.
  • Show author(s) (2010). The Art of discovery : encounters in literature and science. Aarhus Universitetsforlag.
Academic monograph
  • Show author(s) (2009). Virginia Woolf, Fashion and Literary Modernity.
Non-fiction book
  • Show author(s) (1997). Scenes of Infidelity: Feminism in the Theatre. Solum.
Masters thesis
  • Show author(s) (2012). Popular science - Common Ground. A literary critique of Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) (1995). Scenes of infidelity : feminism in the theatre.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • 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) (2018). The Negress and the Bishop: On Marriage, Colonialism, and the Problem of Knowledge.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Remembering Ceylon: Leonard Woolf’s Colony in the Age of Extremism. 20 pages.
  • 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) (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.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Real Bodies and the Psychology of Clothes: Three Guineas and the Limits of Sartorial Reasoning. 8 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Kjønnsroller og performativt kjønn: feminisme og kjønnsteori i teatret. 6 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Sartorial Adventures: Woolf and the (Other)Worldliness of Dress. 8 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Sartorial Unitarianism: A Saloonkeeper´s Daughter and Nineteenth-Century Theories of Dress. 11 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2000). Gender and the Politics of Performance: Feminist Re/presentations. 17 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Formalism and the Return to the Body: Stein´s and Fornes´s Aesthetic of Significant Form. 19 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Editors’ Foreword. 7-8.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)


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).

  • 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.