Janina Nordius

Associate Professor (retired)

of English Literature

Gothenburg, Sweden


Email: Janina.Nordius@gmail.com















Research interests

The long eighteenth century, gothic and colonial literature, Victorian fiction.






“I Am Myself Alone”: Solitude and Transcendence in John Cowper PowysDiss., Göteborg University, 1996. Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis 67. Göteborg, 1997.

Swedish Mysteries. By Anna Maria Mackenzie. Edited with a new introduction and notes by Janina Nordius. Gothic Classics. Kansas City: Valancourt Books, 2008.

The Story of Henrietta. By Charlotte Smith. Edited with an introduction and notes by Janina Nordius. Kansas City: Valancourt Books, 2012.


Articles and essays

(in chronological order)


“John Gardner’s Nickel Mountain—A Modern Comedy.” Studia Neophilologica 59 (1987): 217-29.

Molds of Telling: Metafictional Sliding in Jenny Diski’s Like Mother.” English Studies 72 (1991): 442-53.

“Behind the Pigsty: On the Duplicity of Solitude in Wolf Solent.” Powys Review 26 (1991): 19-28.

“‘The Sun Did Shine So Cold’: Emotive Zones in Wordsworth’s The Idiot Boy.” Studia Neophilologica 64 (1992): 171-82.             

“Hav och sten: Ensamheter i Weymouth Sands.” Studiekamraten 74.2-3 (1992): 10-12.

“Prince and Outlaw: Visible and Invisible Solitudes in Owen Glendower.” Powys Journal 3 (1993): 69-87.

“Life at One Remove: Solitude in Maiden Castle.” Powys Journal 5 (1995): 7-22.

“The New Porius: Another Story?” Powys Notes 10.1 (1995): 17-28.

Wolf Solent: Towards a Discourse of Solitude. Rethinking Powys: Critical Essays on John Cowper Powys. Ed. Jeremy Robinson. Maidstone: Crescent Moon, 1999.

“Lessing’s To Room Nineteen.” The Explicator 57 (1999): 171-73.

“Teaching Modern Gothic: Discourses in Doris Lessing’s To Room Nineteen.” Moderna Språk 94 (2000): 31-39.

“A Tale of Other Places: Sophia Lee’s The Recess and Colonial Gothic.” Studies in the Novel 34.2 (2002): 162-176.

 “‘A Kind of Living Death’: Gothicizing the Colonial Encounter in Charlotte Smith’s The Old Manor House.” English Studies 86 (2005): 40-50.

“Racism and Radicalism in Jamaican Gothic: Cynric R. Williams’s Hamel, the Obeah Man.” ELH 73 (2006): 673-693.

“‘Indignation Overpowers Argument’: Anna Maria Mackenzie’s Rhetorics of Slavery.” Lines and Traces: Papers Presented to Lennart Björk on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday. Ed. Gunilla Florby and Karin Aijmer.  Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis 93. Göteborg, 2006. 91-100.

Gustavus Vasa in a Gothic Mirror: Anna Maria Mackenzie’s Swedish Mysteries.” Moderna Språk 101.1 (2007): 9-22.

“’Thus might I reason with a heathen ...’: The Gothic Moment in The Female American.” Nordic Journal of English Studies 7.2 (2008): 1-18.

“Slavery and the Gothic.” The Encyclopedia of the Gothic. Hughes, William, David Punter and Andrew Smith (eds). Blackwell Publishing, 2013.









                                Last updated 10 October, 2014