Tina  Skouen Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Tina Skouen

Professor of English literature and Director of doctoral studies
Dept. of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, Univ. of Oslo

Dr. Tina Skouen is interested in exploring early modern literature, religion, science, and print culture. In her newest book on the value of time in early modern English literature she seeks to explain why writers in this period complained so much about lack of time. Were they really that busy? Arguing that haste was a sin and that time equaled quality, she draws a parallel with contemporary debates about the notorious Norwegian speed writer, Karl Ove Knausgaard.


Tina is three times a Visiting Scholar at University of California, Berkeley. She has received research grants from, among others, the Norway-America Association; the Norwegian Research Council; and the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR Research Award).

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Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Specializing in rhetorical studies, Tina Skouen has published articles on "the rhetoric of passion" in John Donne; "the vocal wit" in John Dryden; "the stigma of haste" in Margaret Cavendish; and "Ciceronian myth" in Joseph Conrad. In addition, she has written about a key work in seventeenth-century rhetoric of science, Thomas Sprat’s History of the Royal Society. With Ryan J. Stark, she has edited a Brill anthology on Rhetoric and the Early Royal Society. Skouen has also done research on emblematic literature.