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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, University of Bergen
  • Erling Aadland, professor, University of Bergen
  • Ole Karlsen, professor, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Jan Hognestad, associate professor, University of Stavanger
  • Arnfinn Åslund, associate professor, University of South-Eastern Norway
  • Trond Haugen, research librarian, National Library of Norway
  • Siv Gøril Brandtzæg, postdoctoral fellow, Norwegian University of Technology and Science
  • Even Igland Diesen, associate professor, Norwegian University of Technology and Science
  • Anne Sigrid Imsen Refsum, doctoral research fellow, Norwegian University of Technology and Science
  • Anne Danielsen, professor, University of Oslo
  • Kjell Andreas Oddekalv, doctoral research fellow, University of Oslo
  • Marita Rhedin, senior lecturer, University of Gothenburg
  • Eva Borgström, professor, University of Gothenburg
  • Jakob Schweppenhäuser, postdoctoral fellow, Aarhus University

Students in the group

Kjetil Tingstveit Hansen

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