Anne Sigrid I. Refsum
Background and activities
I am a PhD Candidate in Scandinavian Literature at the Department of Language and Literature. My masters' degree (NTNU, 2016) is in Scandinavian Literature. My masters' thesis was a comparative analysis of nearly 100 Norwegian variants of the ballad Dei to søstrene/Horpa (TSB A 38, in English known as Child 10 'The Twa Sisters).
- Skilling ballads (Norwegian broadside ballads)
- Popular culture and literature
- Orality and oral tradition
- Folk tales
- Literary history from below
My PhD project is part of the Norwegian Research Council funded project "Norwegian Broadside Ballads 1550-1950. Recovering a Lost Cultural Heritage". The Norwegian equivalent of broadside ballads - skillingsviser or skilling ballads - has been a neglected area of study up until recent times. These texts shed significant light on the social, literary and media history of especially the lower classes. In my project I wish to explore how these ballads and songs may have contributed to the creation of a sense of community and national identity in the decades surrounding the Norwegian constitution of 1814, which was also the year of the dissolution of the union with Denmark. This period is usually associated with national romanticism in Norway, but how nationally inclined were the lower classes of the time? Which songs did they enjoy singing, and to what extent did those songs contribute to the ideas of what Norway and being Norwegian was?
Formerly I have been a research assistant in the Norwegian Broadside Ballads project, and as an assistant professor I have been involved in teaching the modules NORD 1108 and NORD 6104. I have also developed my own module in Scandinavian literature under the designation NORD 2100: "The other literary history. Popular literature in oral and written tradition approx. 1600-1900".