Background and activities
Professor of film studies. Professor II Department for Culture and Literature, The Arctic University of Norway.
Research interests are popular cinema, film violence, ethics and adaptation.
Gjelsvik has written extensively in Norwegian, her most central works being her book on film and violence, Bad and Beautiful (Vondt og vakkert, Vold i audiovisuelle medier, Høyskoleforlaget, 2007), and that on film criticism, Eyes of Darkness: Film Criticism, Analysis and Judgements (Mørkets Øyne. Filmkritikk, analyse og vurdering, Universitetsforlaget, 2002).
Her latest publication is an anthology on Clint Eastwood’s Iwo Jima films, forthcoming on Wallflower, edited together with Rikke Shubart. She has also written articles for Word & image, Kultur og Klasse, Norsk Medietidsskrift, and contributed to international anthologies, such as The Epic film in World Culture (ed Robert Burgoyne, Routledge 2010), and War Isn't Hell, It's Entertainment: Essays on Visual Media and the Representation of Conflict (ed Rikke Schubart, MacFarland 2009).
She is presently working on a book on the representations of fatherhood in contemporary American cinema, the working title being “Home is Where the Father is”. This project is financed by the Norwegian research Council as part of the project “Conflicts and negotiations: gender and value in art and aesthetics”.
Gjelsvik is the procject leader for a Nordic research collaboration on intermedial perspectives on adaptation (“Adaptation in context”), and is a member of the board of NorSIS (Nordic Society for Intermedial Studies)
Anne Gjelsvik was chief editor of the Norwegian media journal Norsk Medietidsskrift from 2002 until 2006 and chair of the board of the Norwegian Association for Media Researchers.
She has taught courses for teachers and journalists and is often interviewed by Norwegian newspapers, radio, and television on diverse topics related to American cinema. In 2007 she was awarded The Norwegian Association for Media Researchers’ Award for Communication.