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Education:

1995–2000 PhD in Literature, Royal Holloway University of London

1994–1995 MA in European and Comparative Literature, University of Kent

1989–1992 BA in Comparative Literature and German, University of Iceland

Appointments:

From 2014 Professor in Comparative Literature. Department of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies. University of Iceland

2009-2014 Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature, Department of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland

2008–2010 Director, Institute of Literary Studies, University of Iceland

2007–2009 Lecturer in Comparative Literature, Department of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland

2004–2007 Adjunct in Comparative Literature, Department of Comparative Literature and Linguistics, University of Iceland

From 2003 Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University College London

1997–2003 Part-time lecturing in Icelandic Language and Literature and European Literary Studies, Scandinavian Dept., Faculty of Arts and Humanities: European Cultural Studies, University College London

Selected Publications:

Representations of Forgetting in Life Writing and Fiction, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Order here!

„The Online Self: Memory and Forgetting in the Digtial Age,“ European Journal of Life Writing vol 3 (2014) http://ejlw.eu/article/view/100

‘Fake Memoir and Postmemory: The Aftermath of the Wilkomirski Scandal’, Life Writing: The Spirit of the Age and the State of the Art, eds. Meg Jensen and Jane Jordan (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009).

‘Sjálf í frásögn: Um Flökkulíf og Framhaldslíf förumanns eftir Hannes Sigfússon’ (Self in Narrative: On the Autobiographical Works of an Icelandic Modernist Writer), Skírnir, Spring 2007, pp. 180–197.

‘Blekking og minni: Binjamin Wilkomirski og helfararfrásagnir’ (Fraud and Memory: Binjamin Wilkomirski and Holocaust Narratives), Ritið: Journal of the Humanities Institute, 2006:1

‘Að eiga annars ævi í ljóði: Um Birthday Letters eftir Ted Hughes’ (Possessing another’s life in poems: On Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes), Heimur ljóðsins, eds. Ástráður Eysteinsson, Dagný Kristjánsdóttir and Sveinn Yngvi Egilsson, Reykjavík: University of Iceland Literary Institute, 2005, pp. 160-166

‘Eins og þessi mynd sýnir. . . Falsaðar ljósmyndir og skáldskapur á ljósmynd’ (As this photograph shows… Fake photographs and fiction in photography), Ritið: Journal of the Humanities Institute, 2004:3, pp. 27-50

Borderlines: Autobiography and Fiction in Postmodern Life Writing (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2003).

‘Becoming a Writer: Halldór Laxness and the Memoir’, Scandinavica Spring 2003, pp. 95–108.

Research interests

Autobiography, life writing, photography, memory studies, trauma studies, writers’ lives, contemporary literature, French literature, comparative literature