Per Sivefors

Per Sivefors

Associate Professor
Department of Languages Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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I have been a faculty member at Linnaeus University since 2009. As a researcher and teacher I particularly focus on early modern literature and culture from the period 1500 – 1800, including Shakespeare and his contemporaries but also the influence that early modern literature has had on later historical periods. I am chair of the Nordic Shakespeare Society (NorSS), an academic organisation that promotes the study of Shakespeare in the Nordic countries.


During my years at LNU I have taught lots of courses from undergraduate to master's level, including a course on Shakespeare and his time as well as various survey courses on literary history. I have also supervised a large number of BA and master's essays and am also active as a teacher at the Master's programme in language and literature (MELL).



I am currently at work on two research projects. The first one concerns representations of manhood in early modern satire, particularly Elizabethan verse satire. In this project, I argue that the masculinities – in the plural – that are voiced in satire have a conflicted and antagonistic relation to early modern patriarchal norms. This topic is discussed in my book Representing Masculinity in Early Modern English Satire, 1590 - 1603: 'A Kingdom for a Man' (Routledge, 2020). I am also co-editor (with Cecilia Rosengren and Rikard Wingård) of the collection Changing Satire: Transformations and Continuities in Europe, 1600 - 1830 (Manchester University Press, 2022).

The second project, which deals with another territory and a later period in time, focuses on the early reception of Shakespeare in the Nordic countries. I plan a contrastive study on the early translations and performances of Shakespearean plays in Sweden and Denmark in the period 1760 – 1820, as well as a series of publications on Shakespeare in the Nordic countries in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The first of these, a collection co-edited with Nely Keinänen (University of Helsinki), is entitled Disseminating Shakespeare in the Nordic Countries: Shifting Centres and Peripheries in the Nineteenth Century, (Bloomsbury Academic/The Arden Shakespeare, 2022). The next one, Reconstructing Shakespeare in the Nordic Countries: National Revival and Interwar Politics, appears in 2023, also with Bloomsbury. I have published a preliminary study, "Trade routes, politics and culture: Shakespeare in Sweden", in the anthology Migrating Shakespeare, eds. Janet Clare and Dominique Goy-Blanquet (Bloomsbury Academic).


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