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The aim of the group is to explore song lyrics in various genres, periods and contexts, and to provide theoretical contributions to this field of research. Despite their long traditions and widespread popularity, song lyrics have received far less scholarly attention within literary studies and musicology than has written poetry.

The group’s main concern will be within the tradition of popular music that emphasizes textual meaning and poetical qualities. This tradition extends from the Middle Ages until today and includes troubadour songs, medieval ballads, chansons, folksongs, Scandinavian “viser”, lieder, blues, rock, pop, rap and sound poetry.

Research Collaboration

  • University of Bergen
  • University of Oslo
  • University of Stavanger
  • University of South-Eastern Norway
  • Norwegian University of Technology and Science
  • Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • National Library of Norway
  • University of Gothenburg
  • Aarhus University


Members in the group

Associate members

  • Gisle Selnes, professor, Institutt for lingvistiske, litterære og estetiske studier, UiB
  • Erling Aadland, professor, Institutt for lingvistiske, litterære og estetiske studier, UiB
  • Ole Karlsen, professor, Høgskolen i Innlandet
  • Jan Hognestad, førsteamanuensis, Institutt for kultur- og språkvitenskap, UiS
  • Arnfinn Åslund, førsteamanuensis, USN
  • Johan Magnus Staxrud, stipendiat, USN
  • Trond Haugen, forskningsbibliotekar, Nasjonalbiblioteket
  • Liv Kreken, forskningsbibliotekar, Nasjonalbiblioteket
  • Siv Gøril Brandtzæg, postdoktor, Institutt for språk og litteratur, NTNU
  • Even Igland Diesen, førsteamanuensis, Institutt for lærerutdanning, NTNU
  • Anne Sigrid Imsen Refsum, stipendiat, NTNU
  • Marita Rhedin, universitetslektor, Göteborgs Universitet
  • Eva Borgström, professor, Göteborgs universitet
  • Jakob Schweppenhäuser, postdoktor, Institut for kommunikation og kultur, Aarhus universitet
  • Anne Danielsen, professor, Institutt for musikkvitenskap, UiO
  • Kjell Andreas Oddekalv, stipendiat, Institutt for musikkvitenskap, UiO
  • Tom Roger Aadland, artist, låtskriver, oversetter, Oslo

Students in the group

Sigrun Blaavarp
Arne Jørgen Løvland
Håvard Haugland Bamle