Background and activities

My PhD is an analysis of the works of Knut Hamsun and their relationship to historical vitalism. Vitalism was a broad scientific, cultural and artistic impulse in European thought in the first three decades of the 20th century. The vitalist movement is in the history of literature almost always linked to the fascist ideology of the same period and therefore devaluated. This is also the case in the reception of Hamsun. My thesis links Hamsun to the historical vitalism and discusses the claimed identity between vitalism and fascist ideology. In relationship to the category «modernism» it argues a broader understanding of the historical vitalism as a scientific, cultural and aesthetic response to the rise of modernity.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


  • Boasson, Frode Lerum. (2015) Men Livet lever. Hamsuns vitalisme fra Pan til Ringen sluttet. 2015. ISBN 978-82-326-1232-1.


  • Boasson, Frode Lerum. (2016) Teaterhateren Knut Hamsun skrev seks teaterstykker. Nrk, kulturhuset [Radio]. 2016-04-08.
  • Boasson, Frode Lerum. (2015) Kulturhuset. Hamsun i Amerika. NRK P2 [Radio]. 2015-09-07.
  • Boasson, Frode Lerum. (2015) Litteratur og politikk. Litteratur og politikk . Litteraturfestivalen Ugress; Trondheim. 2015-09-12 - 2015-09-12.
  • Boasson, Frode Lerum. (2015) Litteratur og politikk i Hamsuns forfatterskap. Etterutdanning for lærere . HL-senteret; Oslo. 2015-11-17 - 2015-11-17.
  • Boasson, Frode Lerum. (2015) Reaksjonær radikalisme. Knut Hamsuns vitalistiske poetikk. Hamsun i Tromsø 2015 . Universitetet i Tromsø; Tromsø. 2015-09-02 - 2015-09-04.