Background and activities

I am an assistant professor in Scandinavian and comparative literature at the Department of Language and Literature. I have a Ph.D. and an M.A. in comparative literature and a B.A. in languages and literature, including French and Classical Greek, from NTNU.


Courses taught during the 2017 fall term:

  • EXFAC0017
  • ALIT1101 and ALIT1102
  • ALIT3100
  • NORD1108
  • NORD6010


Academic interests

  • Poetry – especially classical, renaissance and modernist
  • Feminism
  • Queer theory
  • Literature and sexuality


Ph.D. project

My dissertation is a study of the work of the Norwegian writer Åsmund Sveen (1910–1963). Sveen's work is marked by an interception of several diverging aesthetic and societal discourses, such as psychoanalysis, vitalism, spiritualism, folk songs and relatively overt depictions of homoeroticism. The aim of my project is to explore in what ways we might account for the thematic width of Sveen’s corpus, particularly focusing on its adherence to a gay literary subtradition. In my readings I will assume that Sveen's texts partake in a larger discursive economy on (homo)sexuality and thereby explore how the crisis in homosexual definition (cf. Eve K. Sedgwick) becomes readable within the discourse of imaginative, and especially poetic, literature.

I defended my dissertation Den opne løyndomen. Homografiske lesingar i Åsmund Sveens forfattarskap [The Open Secret. Homographic Readings in Åsmund Sveen's Authorship] April 21, 2017.

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

Part of book/report

  • Andersen, Britt; Myren-Svelstad, Per Esben. (2016) «Det fins så mange langsler å spekulere i». Den transtekstuelle forbindelsen mellom Åsumd Sveen og Alf Prøysens dikt. Ad Libitum. Festskrift til Gunnar Foss.
  • Myren-Svelstad, Per Esben. (2016) Homosexuality as Decadence in Norwegian Modernism: The Tenebrous Sides of Vitality in Åsmund Sveen’s Andletet. States of Decadence: On the Aesthetics of Beauty, Decline and Transgression across Time and Space, Vol. 1.


  • Myren-Svelstad, Per Esben. (2017) Den opne løyndomen. Homografiske lesingar i Åsmund Sveens forfattarskap. 2017. ISBN 978-82-326-2238-2.
  • Svelstad, Per Esben; Andersen, Britt. (2011) Frigjerande fragment: Ei lesing av Sapfo og Louise Labé. 2011.