Ellen Karoline Gjervan

Research Fellow

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Background and activities

GJERVAN is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Art and Media Studies at NTNU. She is a contributor to the interdisciplinary research project “Performing arts between dilettantism and professionalism. Music, theatre and dance in the Norwegian public sphere 1770-1850” (pArts). In this project, Gjervan takes a special interest in the peripatetic theatre activities in Norway and Northern Europe around 1800.

Gjervan received her PhD in Theatre Studies from the University of Bergen, Norway, in 2010, with a dissertation on how Henrik Ibsen created and used theatrical space in the production books he kept during his employment at the Bergen theatre, 1851-1857. Her dissertation, “Creating Theatrical Space – A study of Henrik Ibsen’s Production Books, Bergen 1852–1857”, is the first study of the production books that Ibsen kept while employed at the theatre in Bergen.  The study focuses on how Ibsen created and used theatrical space and on how the theatre culture of the 1850s shaped Ibsen’s spatial practice as well as his recording of this practice in the production books.

Gjervan has co- authored an academic textbook on dramaturgy, Dramaturgi – forestillinger om teater (2005/2015). She has published articles on Ibsen’s theatrical career, on dramaturgy and on the stagecraft of the long eighteenth century.

Gjervan has taught at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the University of Bergen, Agder University College as well as Sør- Trønderlag University College. She is currently on leave from her position as associate professor of drama and theatre at Queen Maud University College, in order to partake in the pArts research project.

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

Books

  • Gladsø, Svein; Gjervan, Ellen Karoline; Hovik, Lise; Skagen, Annabella. (2015) Dramaturgi : forestillinger om teater. Universitetsforlaget. 2015. ISBN 9788215025155.
  • Selvik, Randi Margrete; Gjervan, Ellen Karoline; Gladsø, Svein. (2015) Lidenskap eller levebrød. Utøvende kunst i endring rundt 1800. Fagbokforlaget. 2015. ISBN 978-82-321-0458-1.
  • Gladsø, Svein; Gjervan, Ellen Karoline; Hovik, Lise; Skagen, Annabella. (2005) DRAMATURGI : forestillinger om teater. Universitetsforlaget. 2005. ISBN 8215006167.

Part of book/report

  • Gjervan, Ellen Karoline. (2017) Staging state patriotism: Høstgildet of 1790. Tracing Operatic Performances in the Long Nineteenth Century: Practices, Performers, Peripheries.
  • Gjervan, Ellen Karoline. (2015) Privat teateraktivitet, dilettanteri eller amatørteater? Dramatiske selskaper i Norge 1780-1830. Lidenskap eller levebrød. Utøvende kunst i endring rundt 1800.
  • Gladsø, Svein; Gjervan, Ellen Karoline; Selvik, Randi Margrete. (2015) Leve av lidenskap - skape et levebrød. Lidenskap eller levebrød. Utøvende kunst i endring rundt 1800.
  • Gjervan, Ellen Karoline. (2009) Kulisseteatrets illusjonsverden. Den teatrale illusjon. Scenografi i et historisk og nåtidig perspektiv.
  • Gjervan, Ellen Karoline. (2009) "Who's on the goddamned stage with you?" An investigation of Terje Mærli's implementation of an ibsenian acting style. Ibsen in the Theatre.
  • Rønningen, Lene Helland; Gjervan, Ellen Karoline. (2007) Epokeworkshop - praktisk arbeid med teaterhistorie. Hvordan skape fascinasjon og forståelse for teaterhistorisk epoke?. Drama Boreale 2006 Aktuell forskning i drama og teater.
  • Gjervan, Ellen Karoline. (2006) The Norwegian acting style of Ibsen - "pre-Ibsenian"?. The Living Ibsen. Proceedings - The 11th International Ibsen Conference, 21 - 27 August 2006.
  • Gjervan, Ellen Karoline. (2004) Ungdomsteater - en egen dramaturgi?. Seminaret ved Trøndelag Teater 2004 6 innlegg om ungdomsteater.

Report/dissertation

  • Berg, Thoralf; Fiskvik, Anne Margrete; Gjervan, Ellen Karoline; Gladsø, Svein; Selvik, Randi Margrete; Skagen, Annabella. (2012) Kunstfagenes kilder : Åpen fagkonferanse om status og utfordringer for arkiv og samlinger innen dans, teater og musikk i Norge og Skandianavia. 10.-11. november 2011, Arkivsenteret Dora, Trondheim. Rapport. 2012.
  • Hyldig, Keld; Gjervan, Ellen Karoline. (2010) Creating Theatrical Space: A Study of Henrik Ibsen’s Production Books, Bergen 1852-1857. 2010. ISBN 978-82-308-1580-9.
  • Aune, Vigdis; Gjervan, Ellen Karoline; Rasmussen, Bjørn Konrad. (2004) Seminaret ved Trøndelag Teater 2004 6 innlegg om ungdomsteater. 2004. ISBN 82-7630-034-0.
  • Gjervan, Ellen Karoline. (1998) Tretten år i teatret - triumf eller tragedie? : Henrik Ibsens virke som sceneinstruktør. Hovedoppgave i drama. 1998.