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 organization 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 newly established 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 Elizabethan Verse Satire, 1590 - 1603: 'A Kingdom for a Man', which is forthcoming with Routledge in 2020. I am also co-editor (with Cecilia Rosengren and Rikard Wingård) of the anthology Satire and The Multiplicity of Forms, 1600 - 1830: Textual and Graphic Transformations, under contract with Manchester University Press and appearing in 2021.
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 during the 18th and 19th centuries. 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 an anthology on Shakespeare in the Nordic countries in the 19th century. During 2020 I will publish a preliminary study, "Trade, Politics and Culture: The Migration of Hamlet to Sweden (1787)", in the anthology Migrating Shakespeare, eds. Janet Clare and Dominique Goy-Blanquet (Bloomsbury).
Article in journal (Refereed)
- Sivefors, P. (2019). Observation, Control and Sir Thomas More. LIR.journal. 10. 28-38.
- Sivefors, P. (2019). Satire, Age, and Manliness in Everard Guilpin’s Skialetheia. English literary renaissance. 49. 201-223.
- Sivefors, P. (2019). Masculinity and husbandry in Joseph Hall's Virgidemiarum. Renaissance Studies. 33. 204-221.
- Sivefors, P. (2018). ‘Maymd Soldiours or poore Schollers’ : Warfare and Self-Referentiality in the Works of Thomas Nashe. Cahiers Élisabéthains. 95. 62-73.
- Sivefors, P. (2018). A supposed quotation from Augustine in Thomas Nashe's Christs teares over Jerusalem. Notes and Queries. 65. 49-49.
- Sivefors, P. (2018). "What passions call you these" : Privacy and Metapoetic Foreignness in Marlowe’s Edward II. Renæssanceforum : Tidsskrift for Renæssanceforskning. 13. 43-72.
- Sivefors, P. (2016). Committing Authorship : Thomas Nashe and the Engaged Reader. Etudes episteme. 1-13.
- Sivefors, P. (2016). Prayer and Authorship in Thomas Nashe’s Christs Teares over Jerusalem. English. 65. 267-279.
- Sivefors, P. (2013). A New Source for Nashe's Lenten Stuff. Notes and Queries. 60. 444-445.
- Sivefors, P. (2012). Conflating Babel and Babylon in Tamburlaine 2. Studies in English Literature 1500-1900. 2. 293-324.
- Sivefors, P. (2011). "Painting forth the things that hidden are" : Thomas Nashe's "The Choise of Valentines" and the Printing of Privacy. LIR.journal. 23-37.
- Sivefors, P. (2006). Ascham and Udall : The Unknown Language Reformer in Toxophilus. Notes and Queries. 53. 34-35.
- Sivefors, P. (2005). Underplayed Rivalry : Patronage and the Marlovian Subtext of Summers Last Will and Testament. Nordic Journal of English Studies. 4. 65-87.
Chapter in book (Refereed)
- Sivefors, P. (2018). Satire, Immoderation and the Bishops' Ban of 1599. Freedom and Censorship in Early Modern English Literature. London, Routledge. 37-47.
- Sivefors, P. (2018). Dreams, Autobiography and the Upward Journey in Girolamo Cardano's De vita propria liber. Hagiographic Adaptations. Pisa, Fabrizio Serra Editore. 83-97.
- Sivefors, P. (2017). Satir, ekfras och enargeia : Visualisering hos John Marston och Thomas Lodge. Medier, historie og mening : Studier i kulturelle formidlingsformer. Oslo, Portal forlag. 55-68.
- Sivefors, P. (2014). 'What do I fear? Myself?' : Nightmares, Conscience and the 'Gothic' Self in Richard III. Gothic Renaissance : A Reassessment. Manchester, Manchester University Press. 55-74.
- Sivefors, P. (2013). Prophecies, Dreams, and the Plays of John Lyly. Staging the Superstitions of Early Modern Europe. Farnham, Ashgate. 191-215.
Article, review/survey (Refereed)
- Price, E., Sivefors, P., Sharrett, E., Smith, H.F., Whitehead, C. (2017). Renaissance Drama : Excluding Shakespeare. Year's Work in English Studies. Oxford University Press. 96. 466-503.
- Price, E., Sharrett, E., Smith, H.F., Sivefors, P., Whitehead, C. (2016). VIII - Renaissance Drama : Excluding Shakespeare. Year's Work in English Studies. 95. 1-41.
Conference paper (Other academic)
- Sivefors, P. (2019). "A kingdom for a man" : The troubled male of Marston's verse satires. Presented at Conference 2019, The Marston Effect: John Marston and Early Modern Culture : Lincoln College, Oxford. 29 to 31 March 2019.
- Sivefors, P. (2019). Class, Commerce and the Bard : The Migration of Shakespeare into Sweden, 1770 – 1820. ESRA Conference, European Shakespeare Research Association : Shakespeare and European Geographies: Centralities and Elsewheres. Rome 9-12 July 2019.
- Sivefors, P. (2018). A Kingdom for a Man : Representing Masculinity in Late Elizabethan Verse Satire. The 64th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America : New Orleans, 22 March - 24 March 2018.
- Sivefors, P. (2018). “Heere may I sit, yet walke to Westminster” : Urban Peregrination in Elizabethan Verse Satire. Walking and Wandering in Early Modern Culture and Literature : A joint London Renaissance Seminar / Paris Early Modern Seminar Conference, 21-22 June 2018.
- Sivefors, P. (2018). Reforming and Censoring Elizabethan Verse Satire, 1590 – 1600. Presented at Cultural Reformations, The Norwegian Institute in Rome.
- Sivefors, P. (2018). ‘Oh what a pageant's this’ : Theatrics and Performance in Elizabethan Verse Satire. Genre Bending : Appopriation, Modulation and Subversion, Det norske institutt i Roma.
- Sivefors, P. (2017). Anachronism as Aesthetic Device in Elizabethan Satire. Kingston Shakespeare Seminar : Shakespearean Anachronism Conference : Saturday, February 18, 2017 Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames.
- Sivefors, P. (2017). “Some sacred rage warmes all my vaines” : The Aesthetics of Viscerality in Sixteenth-Century Satire. Estetisk erfarenhet i tidigmoderna kulturer, 26-27 okt 2017 : [ Aesthetic Experience in Early Modern Cultures, Oct 26-27 2017 ].
- Sivefors, P. (2017). “A whole booke of his Retractations” : Thomas Nashe’s Christs Teares over Jerusalem and the Augustinian Narrative of Conversion. The Mimesis of Change : Conversion and Peripety in Life Stories.
- Sivefors, P. (2016). Lisping Amorists and snaphaunce satirists : Satire, Immoderation and the Bishops' Ban of 1599. Presented at New Perspectives on Censorship in Early Modern England: Politics, Literature and Religion : 1-3 December 2016.
- Sivefors, P. (2016). Satyrs, Prototypes and Emulation : Creating Past and Present in English Satire of the 1590s. Presented at Renaissance Prototypes : Conference at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
- Sivefors, P. (2015). Commitment and the Vernacular : Thomas Nashe and Elizabethan literary culture. .
- Sivefors, P. (2015). Dreams, Subjectivity and the Author : The Cases of Shakespeare and Strindberg. Shakespeare and Scandinavia: International Academic Conference, 8-11 October 2015.
- Sivefors, P. (2015). 'Maymd Soldiours or poore Schollers' : Warfare and Authorship in the Works of Thomas Nashe. .
- Sivefors, P. (2015). Rökt sill, hamnstäder och brittiska identiteter : Thomas Nashes Lenten Stuff (1599). .
- Sivefors, P. (2015). ‘The true father of his family’ : Bastardizing Authorship in Jonson’s Volpone. .
- Sivefors, P. (2015). Den (av)klädda kroppen : Satir, maskulinitet och visualisering. .
- Sivefors, P. (2015). The Medieval Past in the English Sixteenth Century : Language, Periodization and Anachronicity. .
- Sivefors, P. (2014). Authorship as Perambulation in Thomas Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller. .
- Sivefors, P. (2014). Prophecies, dreams and epistemological change in early modern drama. .
- Sivefors, P. (2014). Riots, Surveillance and the Crowd in The Book of Sir Thomas More. .
- Sivefors, P. (2014). "Without any artifice" : Dreaming and the conventions of early autobiography in Girolamo Cardano’s De vita propria liber. .
- Sivefors, P. (2012). "Or we shall have a monster of a man" : Satire, satyrs and early modern masculinities in John Marston’s The Scourge of Villanie.
- Sivefors, P. (2012). ‘To dream that you kiss a person signifies loss’ : Interpreting Erotic Dreams in Early Modern England.
- Sivefors, P. (2012). Prayer and the Performance of Authorship in Thomas Nashe's Christs Teares over Jerusalem.
- Sivefors, P. (2011). Satisfaction and expectation in the early modern theatre audience.
- Sivefors, P. (2011). Prostituting my pen like a Curtizan : Thomas Nashe and the Embodiment of Manuscript Culture.
- Sivefors, P. (2011). Sex and the Self : Simon Forman, subjectivity and erotic dreams in early modern England.
- Sivefors, P. (2010). "Dominiering Eloquence" : The University Wits and the Elizabethan Legitimation of English..
- Sivefors, P. (2009). ‘I dreamt tonight that I did feast with Caesar’ : Literary dreams, interpretation and freedom in early modern England.. .
- Sivefors, P. (2009). “What do I fear? Myself?” : Nightmares, Conscience and the ‘Gothic’ self in Richard III..
- Sivefors, P. (2009). Publishing Thomas More’s Utopia in Latin and English : A Humanist Success Story and How to Translate It.
- Sivefors, P. (2008). ’The Spenserian Dream : Resurrecting Rome and London.
- Sivefors, P. (2008). ’Infinite Riches in a Little School’ : Gosson, Masculinity, and Marlowe.
- Sivefors, P. (2007). ’Saint George for England, and the Red Herring for Yarmouth’ : British Identities and Politics in Thomas Nashe’s Lenten Stuffe.
- Sivefors, P. (2006). Dreaming the Early Modern Cityscape : The Case of the English Hypnerotomachia.
- Sivefors, P. (2005). England’s Intellect and Moneybag : The Metropolis and Early Modern Domestic Tragedy.
- Sivefors, P. (2004). ’This Citty-sodoming trade’ : Authorship and Urban Decay in Nashe’s Christ’s Tears over Jerusalem.
- Sivefors, P. (2004). ’All our thoughts are nothing but texts to condemn us’ : The Internalisation of Carnival in Thomas Nashe’s The Terrors of the Night..
- Sivefors, P. (2004). ’As many several languages as I have conquered kingdoms’ : Tamburlaine II and the Babel Topos.
- Sivefors, P. (2003). Fearful Echoes and Heavenly Words : Language, Subjectivity and the Inward Voice in Doctor Faustus.
Chapter in book (Other academic)
- Sivefors, P. (2015). Satire, Satyrs, and Early Modern Masculinities in John Marston’s The Scourge of Villanie. Allusions and Reflections : Greek and Roman Mythology in Renaissance Europe. Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 171-185.
- Sivefors, P. (2014). Utopian English : Transferring and Adapting the Text of Utopia in Early Modern England. Approaches to the Text : From Pre-Gospel to Post-Baroque. Pisa, Fabrizio Serra Editore. 155-169.
- Sivefors, P. (2013). "Saint George for England, and the Red Herring for Yarmouth" : British Identities and Policies in Thomas Nashe's Lenten Stuff. Urban Encounters : Experience and Representation in the Early Modern City. Pisa, Fabrizio Serra Editore. 221-240.
- Sivefors, P. (2013). Sex and the Self : Simon Forman, Subjectivity and Erotic Dreams in Early Modern England. Pangs of Love and Longing : Configurations of Desire in Premodern Literature. Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 281-292.
- Sivefors, P. (2013). Introduction : Urban Encounters. Urban Encounters : Experience and Representation in the Early Modern City. Pisa, Fabrizio Serra Editore. 13-27.
- Sivefors, P. (2009). 'Scant Allowable to English Ears' : The Reformation of Diction and Tradition in William Webbe's A Discourse of English Poetrie. The Formation of the Genera in Early Modern Culture. Pisa, Fabrizio Serra. 69-78.
- Sivefors, P. (2008). 'Urg'd to witness our false playing' : Marlowe and the Metatheatrical Discourse of Ovid's Elegies. Rhetoric, Theatre and the Arts of Design : Essays Presented to Roy Eriksen. Oslo, Novus. 220-236.
- Sivefors, P. (2007). ’This Citty-Sodoming Trade’ : The Ovidian Authorial Persona in Thomas Nashe’s Christ’s Tears over Jerusalem. Urban Preoccupations : Mental and Material Landscapes. Pisa, Fabrizio Serra.
- Sivefors, P. (2005). 'All this tractate is but a dream’ : The Ethics of Dream Narration in Thomas Nashe’s The Terrors of the Night. Textual Ethos Studies, or Locating Ethics. Amsterdam, Rodopi. 161-174.
Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
- Sivefors, P. (2004). The Delegitimised Vernacular : Language Politics, Poetics and the Plays of Christopher Marlowe. Doctoral Thesis. Göteborg/Karlskrona, Department of English/School of Technocultural Studies, Humanities and Spatial Planning.
Collection (editor) (Other academic)
- Sivefors, P. (2013). Urban Encounters : Experience and Representation in the Early Modern City. Pisa, Fabrizio Serra Editore. 288.
- Sivefors, P. (2007). Urban Preoccupations : Mental and Material Landscapes. Pisa, Fabrizio Serra. 256.
- Sivefors, P., Fåhraeus, A. (2005). Early Modern Drama, excluding Shakespeare. Nordic Association of English Studies.
Article, book review (Other academic)
- Sivefors, P. (2017). “Didone regina di Cartagine” di Christopher Marlowe : Metamorfosi virgiliane nel Cinquecento. Antonio Ziosi, ed. and trans : Lingue e Letterature Carocci 202 ; Centro Studi : La permanenza del Classico 29. Rome : Carocci editore, 2015. 358 pp. €29.. Renaissance quarterly. Chicago, University of Chicago Press. 70. 412-414.