Background and activities

I am a full professor in French literature at the Department of language and literature. I did my PhD in French literature at NTNU, and I specialize in modern French literature.

I teach French literature at all levels within the BA and MA studies in French. I supervise bachelor, master and PhD theses on topics related to my specialization, but I am also happy to supervise works on literature from other areas, and theses related to the teacher education programme.

Academic interests

  • French surrealism
  • French philosophy and literary theory
  • Simone de Beauvoir and French existentialism

Selected research projects

  • Women in French surrealism
  • Simone de Beauvoir as a humanist thinker
  • The relevance of Paul Ricoeur's philosophy to literary studies


  • Vice Dean for Education HF/NTNU 2005-2013
  • Head of Department at the Department of language and literature 2015-

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Pettersen, Tove; Bjørsnøs, Annlaug Irene. (2015) Simone de Beauvoir – A Humanist Thinker. Rodopi. 2015. ISBN 978-90-04-29440-0.
  • Bjørsnøs, Annlaug Irene. (1998) Jumelés par l'angoisse séparés par l'extase. Une analyse de l'oeuvre poétique de Joyce Mansour. 1998. ISBN 82-560-1140-8.

Part of book/report

  • Bjørsnøs, Annlaug Irene. (2016) Etterord. Alderdommen.
  • Bjørsnøs, Annlaug Irene. (2016) Inspiring New Feminist Perspectives: Reading Paul Ricœur with Simone de Beauvoir. Feminist Explorations of Paul Ricœur's Philosophy.
  • Bjørsnøs, Annlaug Irene. (2015) Representing Time - On the Experience of Temporality in The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir. Simone de Beauvoir – A Humanist Thinker.
  • Pettersen, Tove; Bjørsnøs, Annlaug Irene. (2015) Introduction. Beauvoir – A Humanist. Simone de Beauvoir – A Humanist Thinker.
  • Bjørsnøs, Annlaug Irene. (2012) Surrealisemen mellom visjon og virkelighet: André Breton og kunstens politisering. Skrift som livstegn: Festskrift til Sissel Lie.
  • Bjørsnøs, Annlaug Irene. (2008) Femmes du Nord et femmes du Sud - dialogue ou guerre idéologique?. (RE)DÉCOUVRIR L'OEUVRE DE SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR.
  • Bjørsnøs, Annlaug Irene. (2008) La morale réaliste de Simone de Beauvoir: Le cas des Belles images. Simone de Beauvoir cent ans après sa naissance. Contributions Interdisciplinaires de cinq continents.
  • Bjørsnøs, Annlaug Irene. (2007) Le triomphe de la raison sur la violence. La femme entre mythe et réalité chez Fatema Mernissi. Amour, violence, sexualité. De Sade à nos jours. Hommage à Svein-Eirik Fauskevåg à l'occasion de son 65e anniversaire.