Professor Sandberg’s research centers on questions of comparative media history and late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century visual cultures, including the intermedial history of literature, recording technologies, museum display, theater, and silent film. Throughout his career he has developed research specialties in Norwegian literature and cultural history (especially Ibsen and Hamsun), Scandinavian film history, literary and film historiography, and international forms of current serial television. Throughout much of his research, Sandberg has devoted attention to the ways in which the experiences of readers and spectators have contributed to the discourses of visual and literary culture. He enjoys working with wide-ranging historical sources in order to explore the cultural context of films and literary texts. The book Ibsen’s Houses: Architectural Metaphor and the Modern Uncanny, springs from this approach and was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. His next book project concerns the connection between trauma discourse and popular forms of seriality in recent American television. Sandberg has served as President of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, and is currently President of the Ibsen Society of America. He is also a lead editor for the ICLA project, Nordic Literature: A Comparative History. He holds a joint appointment in UCB’s Department of Film and Media.
Living Pictures, Missing Persons: Mannequins, Museums, and Modernity. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003.
Ibsen’s Houses: Architectural Metaphor and the Modern Uncanny. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.