Jane Mattisson Ekstam

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Faglige interesser

My specialities include British literature, Canadian literature, British culture, and academic writing in English. I work closely with our teacher training programmes at Østfold University College, Norway. I have also worked with liberal arts students and within professional vocational training. I have taught at the doctoral level and also supervise doctoral students of English Literature. I have served on a number of doctoral grading committees and examined doctoral theses in English Literature.

With respect to research, my areas of expertise include nineteenth-century British literature, modern Canadian literature, modern detective fiction set in World War One or its aftermath, intercultural influences on writing, reading in English, and the role of written feedback in academic essays.

I am also currently researching the role of English as a Lingua Franca, with a special focus on Iran. This has become a special interest of mine as I see the role of English changing, not least in academic contexts.

I am a member of the International Association of University Professors in English, the Association of English Teachers in English, and a Board member of the Nordic Association for Canadian Studies.


I teach primarily teacher candidates at both junior- and secondary-school level. My focus is on British literature and culture, and how to teach these subjects. I also teach academic writing at bachelor and master's level, and run workshops on writing in English for academic purposes


Doktorgrad / Ph.D.

  • Doktorgrad:

    I hold a Ph.D from Lund University (2000). The title of my thesis is "Knowledge and Survival in the Novels of Thomas Hardy" (Lund University Press, 2002). I address the relationship between education and survival in an increasingly modernised world. While Hardy's sympathies were clearly with the less educated rustics, he understood that their position was untenable and their future uncertain without formal education.

  • Hovedfag/Master:

    My master's thesis, "Symbolism in the Novels of Daphne du Maurier", was completed in 1994. My degree was awarded by Lund University.



I have directed/participated in three research projects, on using portfolios, English for administrative personnel at Swedish universities, and reading academic texts.
I take part in national and international conferences on literature, reading and writing, as well as teaching English at school and university level. The conferences have resulted in either a publication in the conference proceedings or in an academic journal.


In 2014, I was granted the title of "Excellent Teacher". As "Excellent Teacher" I assess teachers' applications for promotion to either "Teacher of Merit" or "Excellent Teacher". I have also won several grants from a) the Canadian Government (Facutly and Enrichment awards; research in Canada) and b) the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT; collaborative projects at bachelor and master's level at universities in West Africa and in China).


I am a member of several editorial boards, for among others, Acta Didactica Norge, Reci Journal of English Language and Literature Studies, English Language and Literature Studies, International Journal of English Language and Literature Studies, and most recently, Journal of Applied Linguistics and Applied Literature: Dynamics and Advances. I also write literary reviews for the American blog, "Roads to the Great War".

I am also writing a young adolescent novel that incorporates both history and fantasy.


In addition to my teaching and editorial duties, I run workshops on British/Canadian literature and academic writing in English at a number of international universities, including the University of Palma, Majorca, Spain; the University of Parma, Italy; Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic; Kielce University, Poland; Timisoara University, Romania, and Minsk University, Belarus.

I am currently completing a book on academic English and discourse in collaboration with Professor Irina Oukhvanova, Kielce University. The book is specifically designed for Polish undergraduates and graduates.



For a full list of my activities and Curriculum Vitae, as well as a comprehensive list of my publications (I was employed in Sweden until June 2016; my publications up to June 2016 are to be found in DIVA), please write to jane.m.ekstam@hiof.no




  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2018). Metacognition and Reader Response: the use of reading logs in the envisionment-building classroom. Acta Didactica Norge.  ISSN 1504-9922.  12(2), s 1- 27 . doi: 10.5617/adno.6093 Fulltekst i vitenarkiv.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2018). ‘Why we need to read and understand literature: Literariness and Hans Rosling’s Factfulness'. The Journal of Applied Linguistics and Applied Literature: Dynamics and Advances (JALDA).  ISSN 2588-591X. . doi: 10.22049/jalda.2018.26269.1074
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Den litterära journalisten Gustaf Hellström söker sanningen i Sovjet Unionen, I: Sigurd Rothstein & Lennart Leopold (red.),  Resa i Stalins Ryssland. Gustaf Hellströms Reportage från Sovjetunionen sommaren 1937.  Nomen.  ISBN 9789188713384.  -.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson & Sarvandy, Elham (2017). English Language Teaching in Iran: Tradition versus Modernity. Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics.  ISSN 2192-9505.  40(1), s 112- 119 . doi: 10.1515/cjal-2017-0007
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2016). Downton Abbey: A Golden Age or Social Mobility in Reverse?, In Anna Antonowicz & Tomasz Niedokos (ed.),  Golden Epochs and Dark Ages: Perspectives on the Past.  Wydawnictwo KUL.  ISBN 978-83-8061-317-1.  -.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2016). Gustaf Hellström, Excerpt: IGustaf Hellström, Foreign Correspondent for Dagens Nyheter (The Daily News) in Paris, 1911–1917, In Andrew Griffiths; Sara Prieto & Soenke Zehle (ed.),  Literary Journalism and World War I: Marginal Voices.  Presses universitaires de Nancy.  ISBN 9782814302822.  -.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2016). Londons mentala karta. Gustaf Hellströms litterära skildringar av London, I: Jane Mattisson Ekstam; Lennart Leopold & Disa Lundgren (red.),  Reporter i världens största stad: Gustaf Hellström i London 1907-1910.  Nomen.  ISBN 9789188329950.  V.  s 149 - 167
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2015). Modern detective novels and World War One: a symbiotic relationship. English Studies: A Journal of English Language.  ISSN 0013-838X.  96(7), s 799- 817 . doi: 10.1080/0013838x.2015.1051872
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2013). Education and Social Class, In Philip Mallett (ed.),  Thomas Hardy in context.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 978-0-521-19648-2.  17.  s 188 - 195

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  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (red.) (2018). Everyone Loves a Good Story: Reading for Pleasure, Reading for Understanding. Acta Didactica Norge.  ISBN 978-1-107-14465-1.  80 s.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson & Oukhnavova-Shmyrova, Irina (2018). Academic Writing in English for Teachers, Researchers and Students. A Handbook. Jan Kochanowski University Press.  150 s.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson; Leopold, Lennart & Lundgren, Disa (red.) (2016). Reporter i världens största stad: Gustaf Hellström i London 1907-1910. Nomen.  ISBN 9789188329950.  216 s.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2002). Knowledge and Survival in the Novels of Thomas Hardy. Department of English, Lund University.  ISBN 91-974023-0-3.  423 s.

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  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2019). The role of culture in English Language Teaching.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2018). Adam Kirsch, The Global Novel: Writing the World in the 21st Century Paperback. Columbia Global Reports. Ostrava Journal of English Philology.  ISSN 1803-8174.  10(1)
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2018). Challenges of the new curriculum in Norway.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2018). Detective fiction and World War One.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2018). Empathetic narrative technique in the graphic novel: the case of Persepolis (2008).
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2018). Empathy and theory of mind in the graphic novel. The case of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2018). Laying Bare parts of Australia: displacement and the human rights culture.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2018). Maisie Dobbs: a self-reliant detective in an increasingly technological world.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2018). Post-modernism and post- Margaret Atwood: the state of Canadian literature Today as the past meets the present.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2018). Principles of the Lingua Franca Approach in the Iranian Context.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (red.) (2018). Reading and Metacognition. Acta Didactica Norge - tidsskrift for fagdidaktisk forsknings- og utviklingsarbeid i Norge. -.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2018). Tanti, Melissa, Jeremy Haynes, Daniel Coleman, and Lorraine York (eds.). Beyond Understanding Canada: Transnational Perspectives on Canadian Literature (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2017). British Journal of Canadian Studies.  ISSN 0269-9222.  31(1), s 124- 125
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2018). The role of electronic feedback in students' academic texts.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2018). World War One, fiction, and memory.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2018). ‘Writing and presenting in English’. One-day lecture and workshop for PhD students at Parma University.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson & Knutsen, Karen Sue Patrick (2018). Reading for pleasure, reading for understanding: Reading and metacognition in the English language classroom. Acta Didactica Norge.  ISSN 1504-9922.  12(2) . doi: 10.5617/adno.6227
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson & Svenhard, Britt W. (2018). The importance of trust and local participation in the implementation of the new Norwegian school curriculum.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Elinor Barr. Swedes in Canada: Invisible Immigrants. British Journal of Canadian Studies.  ISSN 0269-9222.  30(1)
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Evolution and Imagination in Victorian Children's Literature av Jessica Straley. English Studies: A Journal of English Language.  ISSN 0013-838X.  98(3), s 346- 347
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Higher education in Sweden.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Intercultural communication in the context of minor languages.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Knowledge through transformation of experience and its implications for teacher education. A case study.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Lois Lowry's 'The Giver': a dystopia couched in Secrets..
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Malissa Tanti, Jeremy Haynes, Daniel Coleman, Lorraine York (eds.). Understanding Canada. Transnational Perspectives on Canadian Literature. British Journal of Canadian Studies.  ISSN 0269-9222.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Margaret Atwood. The Burgess Shale. The Canadian Writing Landscape of the 1960s. CLC Kreisel Lecture Series. American Studies in Scandinavia.  ISSN 0044-8060.  49(2)
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Reading Literature. Judith Langer and the Envisionment-building classroom.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Reading practices among students'.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Ryan Trimm. Heritage and the Legacy of the Past in Contemporary British Literature and Culture. English studies.  ISSN 1651-4165.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Science, Fiction, and the Fin-de-Siècle Periodical Press. English Studies: A Journal of English Language.  ISSN 0013-838X.  98(4), s 442- 443
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Tereza Topolovska. The Country House Revisited. Variations on a theme from Forster to Hollinghurst. Ostrava Journal of English Philology.  ISSN 1803-8174.  9(2), s 73- 74
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). The challenges of writing a master's thesis in English: 5 key areas.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Values in Second Language Education.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Will Tattersdill. Science, Fiction and Fin-de-Siecle Periodical Press. English studies.  ISSN 1651-4165.
  • Mikkelsen, Robert Lewis; Knutsen, Karen S Patrick & Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2017). Upper-secondary-school Norwegian history books and Norwegian collaboration with the Germans during World War Two. A story of consensus. Vis sammendrag
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2016). 1.Writing a Bachelor's Thesis. 2.Writing a Master's Thesis. 3.Writing a Ph.D Thesis.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2016). Downton Abbey och Førsta Værldskriget.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2016). Downton Abbey och den bild den ger av samhællet.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2016). Gustaf Hellstrøm i London och hans reportage om suffragettrørelsen.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2016). Læsprojekt Høgskolan Kristianstad.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2016). Making the Invisible Visible. Swedish Emigration to Canada in a new study by Elinor Barr.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2016). Peter Ackroyd. A Horror and a Beauty: The World of Peter Ackroyd's London Novels. Ostrava Journal of English Philology.  ISSN 1803-8174.  8(2)
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2016). Reading articles in English. A report on our reading project January-August 2016.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2016). The Implied Author in Jacqueline Winspear's 'Maisie Dobbs' novels.
  • Ekstam, Jane Mattisson (2015). The changing world of Maisie Dobbs in the aftermath of World War One. St. Mihiel Trip Wire.

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