Background and activities

Research interests

Comparative literature

  • Catastrophes in literature
  • Representations of childhood
  • Picturebooks
  • Children's literature
  • Family novels
  • 19th century literature

Literary didactics
Children's texts 

I took a Ph.D. in comparative literature with a thesis on economic discourses in Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks and several novels by the Norwegian author Alexander L. Kielland. I am especially interested in literature in the intersection between aesthetics and politics. 

Research project

Children and Catastrophes in Fictional Narratives


  • literature in teacher education
  • supervision of master- and bachelorstudents

Positions of trust

Member of the editorial board for the journal Nordic Journal of ChildLit Aesthetics

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

  • Samoilow, Tatjana Kielland. (2016) Familieromanen. Noen litteraturhistoriske betraktninger. Ad Libitum. Festskrift til Gunnar Foss.
  • Samoilow, Tatjana Kielland. (2015) Krigens nullpunkt. Dyd, utopi og drømmen om en politisk orden i Grimmelshausens Simplicissimus. Europæisk litteratur 1500‑1800. Bind II. Staten. Fra utopi til bureaukrati.


  • Samoilow, Tatjana Kielland. (2013) Kapitalbevegelse, familieforfall og romankunst. En ny lesning av romanene Alexander L. Kielland og Thomas Manns "Buddenbrooks". 2013.
  • Samoilow, Tatjana Kielland. (2003) Familie og individualitet: En komparativ analyse av Thomas Manns Buddenbrocks og Jonathan Franzens The Corrections. 2003.