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Randi Synnøve Koppen

Professor, Engelsk litteratur
  • E-postrandi.koppen@uib.no
  • Telefon+47 55 58 23 68
  • Besøksadresse
    Sydnesplassen 7
    5007 Bergen
  • Postadresse
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

Current fields of research:

  • Virginia Woolf and British modernism
  • Leonard Woolf and social/political modernism
  • Idealist and utopian political thought (1870s–1930s)


  • Fashion and literary modernity
  • Literature and science
  • Modern/contemporary theatre and feminism/gender studies


Courses in British literature from introductory(BA) to advanced (MA) levels. 

Topics include Modernism and Colonialism, Victorian Gothic, Queer Gothic, Gender studies/queer studies, Modernism and Fashion, Modernism and the Body


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 (Scandinavian Academic Press, 2011)

Special Issue

Co-editor (with Margrete Dyvik Cardona and Ingunn Lunde), Remaining Relevant: Modern Language Studies Today, Bergen Language and Linguistic Studies vol. 7, 2017.

Scholarly articles and book chapters

International publications include articles in Modern Drama (1992) and New Literary History (1997 and 2001), Partial Answers (2019), Modernism/Modernity (2022), and book chapters in Woolf and the Art of Exploration (Clemson University Press, 2005)Woolfian Boundaries (Clemson University Press, 2006), Exploring Textual Action (Aarhus University Press, 2010), The Art of Discovery: Encounters in Literature and Science (Aarhus University Press2010), The Human and its Limits: Explorations in Science, Literature and the Visual Arts (Scandinavian Academic Press, 2011), Broadcasting in the Modernist Era (Bloomsbury, 2014), Exploring Texts and Emotions (Aarhus University Press, 2014), Exploring Text, Media, and Memory (Aarhus University Press, 2017), Sentencing Orlando: Virginia Woolf and the Morphology of the Modernist Sentence (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), Fashion and Authorship: Literary Production and Cultural Style from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). 

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

Se fullstendig oversikt over publikasjoner i CRIStin.


  • Micro-Utopias. Aesthetic Imaginaries Research Group


  • 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.