Mark B. Sandberg
Professor of Scandinavian
Chair of Scandinavian Department
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (Scandinavian)

Teaching Experience: Scandinavian film history; Ibsen; Norwegian literature; Scandinavian drama; 19th-century Scandinavian cultural history; nationalism and literature; decadence and vitalism. I tend to emphasize historical and socio-contextual methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to literature and visual media.

Research Interests: The visual and cultural history of turn-of-the-century Scandinavia, including fields of Scandinavian cinema, museology, media studies, theater history, and Scandinavian architecture and design. A joint (50%) appointment in the Department of Film and Media facilitates my complimentary research interests in para-cinematic visual culture, film history, and serial television.

Current projects: Nordic literary cultures and historiography; Ibsen and architectural metaphor; film and location; recent serial television.

Selected publications


Ibsen's Houses. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013.

Senior Editor for A Comparative History of Nordic Literary Cultures, vols 1-4. Amsterdam: J. Benjamins Publishers (Vol. 1: Spatial Nodes is forthcoming 2013).

Living Pictures, Missing Persons: Mannequins, Museums, and Modernity. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003.


“Location, ‘Location’: Place Substitution in Danish Silent Cinema.” In Border Crossings: Silent Film and the Politics of Space, Eds. Jennifer M. Bean, Laura Horak, and Anupama Kapse. Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2013.

“The Interactivity of the Model Home.” In History of Participatory Media: Politics and Publics, 1750-2000, eds. Anders Ekström, Solveig Jülich, Frans Lundgren, and Per Wisselgren. New York: Routledge, 2010. 63-80.

“The Figuration of Temporality in Literary History.” In Vesa Haapala, Hannamari Helander, Anna Hollsten, Pirjo Lyytikäinen, and Rita Paqvalén, eds. The Angel of History: Literature, History, and Culture. Helsinki: University of Helsinki, 2009. 33-47.

“The Architecture of Forgetting.” Ibsen Studies 7.1 (2007).

“Doll Housing.” In Sanda Tomescu, ed., Henrik Ibsen, special issue of Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, Philologia (Cluj, Romania; November 2006), 53-60.

John Gabriel Borkman’s Avant-Garde Continuity.” Modern Drama 49.3 (September 2006).

“Mastering the House: Performative Inhabitation in Carl Th. Dreyer’s The Parson’s Widow.” In C. Claire Thompson, ed. Northern Constellations: New Readings in Nordic Cinema. Norwich: Norvik Press (2006).

“Multiple-Reel Feature Films: Europe.” In Richard Abel, ed., Encyclopedia of Early Cinema. New York: Routledge (2005): 452-456.

“Wax Museums: Europe.” In Richard Abel, ed., Encyclopedia of Early Cinema. New York: Routledge (2005): 686-87.

“The Metropolitan Threshold: Material Mobility and the Folk-Primitive.” Kristin Kopp and Klaus Müller-Richter, eds. Die “Großstadt” und das “Primitive”: Text - Politik - Repräsentation. Stuttgart: Verlag J.B. Metzler (2004): 93-112.

"Pocket Movies: Souvenir Cinema Programs and the Danish Silent Cinema," Film History 13.1 (Fall 2001).

"Ibsen and the Mimetic Home of Modernity." Ibsen Studies 2 (Spring 2001).

"Maternal Gesture and Photography in Victor Sjöström's Ingeborg Holm." Ann-Charlotte Gavel Adams and Terje I. Leiren, eds. Stage and Screen: Studies in Scandinavian Drama and Film. Essays in Honor of Birgitta Steene. Seattle: Dream Play Press Northwest (2000).

"Writing on the Wall: The Language of Advertising in Knut Hamsun's Sult." Scandinavian Studies 71.3 (Fall 1999): 265-296.

"Tracking Out: The 'Bergman Film' in Retrospect." Review Essay. Scandinavian Studies 69.3 (Summer 1997): 357-376.

"Effigy and Narrative: Looking into the Nineteenth-Century Folk Museum." In Cinema and the Invention of Modern Life. Eds. Leo Charney and Vanessa Schwartz. Berkeley: University of California Press (1995): 320-361.

"Rewriting God's Plot: Ingmar Bergman and Feminine Narrative." Scandinavian Studies 63.1 (Winter 1991): 1-29.

Professional Positions

President, Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, 2011-13

President, Ibsen Society of America, 2009-13

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