I have published books on the perception of time in Mexican literature, on Sylvia Plath, The Norwegian University Press, and the biography as a literary and historic genre. My doctoral thesis is on the rhetoric of biography. At the University of Oslo I coordinate a programme in practical literature, offering courses in publishing, editing and criticism. Before returning to the university, I worked in academic publishing at the Norwegian University Press. I have studied Comparative Literature, Social Antrhopolgy and English at universities in Norway. I have also studied in Minnesota, Mexico City and Oxford. I am interested in the sosiology of literature, in reception studies, and the role of the author as well as in questions concerning literary taste and canon.