Ingibjorg Agustsdottir

About me

I’m a lecturer in British literature at the University of Iceland. Among my research interests is the historical novel; I have published, or am about to publish, articles on Charles Dickens’s historical fiction, on treatments of Mary Queen of Scots in fiction and film, and on the popular historical novel today, in particular the novels of Philippa Gregory.

Aside from my academic interests, I am very much into historical fiction as a reader. I find it opens up windows into the past, from which I can then go on to explore further points of interest. I very much enjoy being a member of this society and getting the Historical Novels Review, where I can always find articles of interest (and many additions to my huge list of books to read).

From my website

The Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction – 1

As a great fan of the historical novel, I waited eagerly for the 2018 longlist of the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction to be announced, and this finally happened on 1 March (incidentally, my birthday). I’ve tried to make an effort in the last few years to read the…

A Long Absence

I have been absent from here far too long. Other things have been preoccupying me; teaching, research, family, health problems, etc. Since last I wrote I have of course taught a few courses and done some writing, and attended quite a few conferences. Some memorable conferences are: Visualising the North,…

Reading the Present through the Past

I’ve been silent for a while but thought I should post something here on a conference I went to recently in Amsterdam, Holland. This conference was entitled “Reading the Present through the Past: Forms and Trajectories of Neo-Historical Fiction” and was based upon the premise of a recent collection of…

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