Background and activities



I am Associate Professor of English at NTNU (ILU) since August 2010 where I teach literature in the Faculty of Education’s English Section. My research considers aspects of gender in utopia from its earliest expressions in early modern literature to its contemporary adaptations in science fiction and fantasy, particularly in graphic novels and film. I am currently working on several articles on Cavendish and Shakespeare, and the use of Shakespeare in the Second Language Classroom.

I am an active member of the International Margaret Cavendish Society, and founding secretary of NorSS, the Nordic Shakespeare Society, and a member of ESRA, The European Shakespeare Research Association


Research Overview

I received my PhD in English at Tufts University. My dissertation, “Shakespeare and Cavendish: Engendering the Early Modern English Utopia” explored the development of utopianism and utopic themes through the early modern in the works of William Shakespeare and Margaret Cavendish. 

My article, “The Shadow’s Shadow, or Gendered Ambition in Svend Gade and Asta Nielsen’s 1921 Hamlet.” was awarded the Mariangela Tempera Award for Shakespeare on Screen by the European Shakespeare Research Association in 2018 and appeared in the journal Cahiers Élisabéthains in April 2019.

My article "The Blurring of Genus, Genre, and Gender in Margaret Cavendish's Utopias" will appear in the SEDERI 29, Autumn 2019 and "'Peculiar Circles: The Fluid Utopia at the Northern Pole in Margaret Cavendish's The Blazing World" will appear in Utopian Studies Issue 30, Volume 2, in October 2019


I am a member of the Decolonial Research Group based at NTNU, and am the lead researcher in the Shakespeare in Education Research Group.



Current Teaching and Supervision

LVUT8081/8082 English 2 (Literature and Culture)

EDU3083 Text and Culture

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


  • Brataas, Delilah Anne B. (2020) "Gods and Monsters: The Presence of Shakespeare and His Characters in Gaiman's Sandman and McCreery and Del Col's Kill Shakespeare". Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. vol. 11.




  • Brataas, Delilah Bermudez. (2017) The Alternating Utopic Revisions of The Tempest on Film. Shakespeare on Screen: The Tempest and the Late Romances.



  • Brataas, Delilah Bermudez. (2014) A Utopia of Words: Doctor Who, Shakespeare, and the Gendering of Utopia. The Language of Doctor Who: From Shakespeare to Alien Tongues.