Eli Løfaldli

Professor, Deputy Head of Research at the Department of Language and Literature

Department of Language and Literature
+47 73598233

Background and activities


Adaptation and appropriation

I work on the various ways in which literary and other material is used, re-used, reworked and rewritten in other texts and for new contexts. My research has centred on the practical and theoretical aspects of different forms of appropriation, such as translation, imitation, edition and adaptation for film and television.

Eighteenth-century literature

Much of my research has dealt with eighteenth-century literature and culture, and with authors such as Henry Fielding, Charlotte Lennox. Richard Graves and Laurence Sterne. I have a particular interest in investigating how this period is understood and represented today, and I am currently working on projects on the interactions between the past and the present in biographical and autobiographical films and texts that deal with eighteenth-century individuals.


Representations of masculinity, both in the eighteenth century and today, is another recurring theme in my research. Examples are investigations into how notions of manhood are appropriated, adapted and translated as the genre of Nordic Noir is being exported to new contexts and how male heterosexuality has been framed and conceptualised in modern and eighteenth-century texts.


Research groups:

The Politics of Rewriting

Literary and Cultural Eighteenth-Century Studies (LACES)


Teaching and supervision

English literature, most often within the areas of adaptation and appropriation studies and eighteenth-century literature.


Scientific, academic and artistic work

Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

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  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2016) 'The Terrorist as Quixote: The Case of Anders Behring Breivik'. Litteratur og terror. Volden, politikken, estetikken.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2012) Quixotic Book Consumption in Henry Fielding's Joseph Andrews. Each Other's Yarns: Essays on Narrative and Critical Method for Jeremy Hawthorn.
  • Goring, Paul Michael; Løfaldli, Eli. (2004) Sterne's Nordic Presence: Denmark, Norway, Sweden. The Reception of Laurence Sterne in Europe.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2000) Domesticating the knight errant: Arabella's closet in Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote. 1700-tallet. Artikler om språk, litteratur, estetikk og musikk.


  • Løfaldli, Eli; Hawthorn, Jeremy; Goring, Paul. (2008) Less of a Man: Quixotism and Masculinities in Eighteenth-Century Fiction. 2008.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2000) Female Quixotism. A Study of Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and Tabitha Gilman Tenney's Female Quixotism. 2000. Skriftserie, Senter for kvinne- og kjønnsforskning.


  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2017) Gutta på tur: Manndom i eksport av Nordic Noir. Omskrivingens politikk . Forskergruppen Om-Pol ved Institutt for språk og litteratur; NTNU, Dragvoll. 2017-12-06 - 2017-12-06.
  • Løfaldli, Eli; Greenall, Annjo Klungervik. (2017) Translation and Adaptation as Recontextualization: The Case of Nordic Noir. Intersemiotic Translation, Adaptation, Transposition: Saying Almost the Same Thing? . University of Cyprus; Nicosia. 2017-11-10 - 2017-11-12.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2016) 'Representations of the Author-Narrator in Tom Jones (1749, 1963, 1997)'. Authorship and Appropriation . University of Dundee; Dundee. 2016-04-08 - 2016-04-09.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2016) 'Taking 'different steps': Experts explain the challenges, advantages of adapting novels into films'. Deseret News [Avis]. 2016-07-01.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2015) 'Leave the Character of Graveairs in the Country': Eighteenth-Century London in Adaptation. Adaptation and the Metropolis . Association of Adaptation Studies; London. 2015-09-24 - 2015-09-25.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2014) For filmens skyld. Under Dusken [Avis]. 2014-09-09.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2014) Masteroppgaven i lektorprogrammet: Disiplinfag og/eller fagdidaktikk?. Masteroppgaven i NTNUs lektorutdanning . NTNU; Trondheim. 2014-10-27 - 2014-10-27.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2014) Mind the Gap: Methodological Challenges in Adaptation Studies. 'There and Back Again': Adaptation as Oscillation . NTNU; Trondheim. 2014-12-08 - 2014-12-08.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2013) Filmer for fansen. Under Dusken [Avis]. 2013-01-29.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2013) 'The long expected ball at Netherfield' on screen. Kjærlighet i 200 år: En hyllest til Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice (1813) . Institutt for språk og litteratur, NTNU; Trondheim. 2013-11-09 - 2013-11-09.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2013) The terrorist as quixote: Truth vs. fiction. Litteratur og terror (NorLit-konferansen 2013) . NorLit/Institutt for språk og litteratur, NTNU; Trondheim. 2013-08-22 - 2013-08-24.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2013) Uncovering male modesty. The Eighteenth Century in Practice: The First Nordic Conference for Eigheenth-Century Studies . The Norwegian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies; Oslo. 2013-08-28 - 2013-08-31.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2011) Adaptasjonsteori for lærere. Gjesteforelesning ; Dragvoll, NTNU. 2011-05-04 - 2011-05-04.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2010) Appropriation in and of Eighteenth-Century Culture. Appropriation in and of Eighteenth-Century Culture . IFS, NTNU; Trondheim. 2010-12-09 - 2010-12-10.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2010) Literary Appropriation in the Eighteenth Century: Theoretical Challenges and Methodological Problems. British Society of Eighteenth-Century Society Annual Conference . British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies; 2010-01-05 - 2010-01-07.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2009) The Wigless Wildgoose:The Semiotics of the (Absent) Wig in Richard Graves’ The Spiritual Quixote. BSECS 38th Annual Conference . British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies; Oxford. 2009-01-06 - 2009-01-08.
  • Goring, Paul Michael; Løfaldli, Eli. (2003) "The Scandinavian reception of Laurence Sterne". The second conference presenting contributions to a multi-authored project on Laurence Sterne's European reception . [Mangler data]; University of Oxford, England. 2002-03-14.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2003) 'From Rönnerdahl to Colin Firth: Travelling Snapshots of Don Quixote'. The English Section Research Seminar . [Mangler data]; Trondheim. 2003-02-07.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2003) 'Negotiating Gender in Literary Criticism; Or, Literary Critics Negotiating Gender'. Forskning og Samfunn (HFITK801) . [Mangler data]; Trondheim. 2003-01-14.
  • Løfaldli, Eli. (2003) ''So Dull and Insensible a Knight': Cervantic Bed-Hopping and Quixotic Chastity'. Travelling Gender Theory . [Mangler data]; Trondheim. 2003-03-31.
  • Angelsen, Anja; Greenall, Annjo Klungervik; Løfaldli, Eli. (2002) The EDIT project, and some reflections on translation from a dialogical perspective. The English Department Research Seminar . [Mangler data]; Trondheim. 2002-03-15.
  • Behne, Dawn Marie; Løfaldli, Eli; Angelsen, Anja. (2001) EDIT- English Department Interdisciplinary Translation. Engelsk institutt, NTNU, Trondheim Norge. 2001.