Understanding Biographies

2016. A book on biographies in history and stories in biography, their gender, archetypes, narrative traditions, and ethics. Based on examples from USA, UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

Uden omsvøb.

Portræt af Bodil Koch

2007. My portrait of the government minister, feminist and humanist Bodil Koch (1903-72).

Viljens styrke. Natalie Zahle - en biografi

1992. Natalie Zahle has been given many labels: chief, queen, commander-in-chief, reformer, seductress of women, school pioneer, empire-builder, entrepreneur. She possessed all those qualities - at the same time being a restless, searching soul.

Biography, Gender and History

2016. A contribution to the growing international interest in, and theoretisation of biography and biographical research. Nordic examples and perspectives.


the promise

of the soul

2002. Nathalie Zahle's personal and strategic deliberations; a condensed version of the story of a education pioneer in mid 19th century Denmark. 

Social-demokratiet, velfærds-staten og kvinderne

1980. The women's struggle, trade union movement, women's movement and Danish Socialdemocracy.

Ind i


2015. My book about biographies in histories and stories in the biographies; about gender, archetypes, narrative traditions, and ethics.


At vække sjælen

2001. Natalie Zahle's personal and strategic deliberations, and an interpretation of the background and principles on which her educational empire was created.

Arbejder-kvinder og kvindearbejde

1979. A book about servant girls, prostitutes, home- and factory workers, washerwomen and charwomen, women newspaper sellers, street traders and mangle-women – all hard at work during the industrialisation of Denmark.

Selected contributions for anthologies and essay collections

Kildekunst, 2017

Historical and cultural historical studies (red. Bak, Sofie Lene mfl.). My contributions is the essay De manges veje til politisk magt og repræsentation. With English summary.

Historiallinen elämä, 2014

Biografin historia ja vastuu, in (red. Hakisalo, Jalagin, Junila & Kurvinen): Historiallinen elämä. My contribution is the article  on the dangerous  biography.

Berättende, liv, mening, 2014

(ed. Carlsson Wetterberg, Lidström & Wistrand).

My contribution is the article "At fortaelle om maend og kvinder som individer" about the biographical turn in history.

Crisis, Credibility and Corporate History, 2014

My contributions is the article The Biographer’s Power and Private Archives.

Qualitative Analysis in the Making, 2014

My contributions is the article Telling Lives: In Search of the Keys to a Biographical Analysis, p. 25-44.

Methods, Interventions and Reflections, 2014

Anthology from the X. Nordic Womens' History Conference. My contributions are the articles Representing Gendered Individualities + In Search of the Keys to a Biographical Analysis of Bodil Koch (1903-72).

Biographies of the Financial World, 2012

A presentation of biographies of the financial world. My contribution provides a critical comment to the genre as an unloved, but much pursued courtesan. The article is available here: "Biography: An Unloved, but Much Pursued Courtesan?".

Fund og forskning, 2012

The Royal Danish Library collection Vol. 51. My contribution is "Den farlige biografi. Om Lis Jacobsens arkiv og den historiske biografis udfordringer". With English summary.

Living Political Biography, 2012

A revisit to biography as a political, an historical, and a narrative genre. My contribution is an article on biography as a genre in its own right characterized by complexity in form, structure and aims.

Arbejderkvinder i 100 år, 2010

A theme on working women, in the series Arbejderhistorie. My contribution is a portrait of Clara Zetkin (1857-1933)  with an English summary.

Den biografiske Ibsen, 2010

A book about the many images of the writer-sphinx Henrik Ibsen, as seen in totally different types of biographical presentation – from biographies to textbooks and cartoon caricatures. My contribution is kunsten at skrive biografi om Ibsen.

At komme til sig selv, 2008

An anthology about the process of 'education' as one of discovery leading to a sense of self, making up your mind about yourself – becoming oneself. My contribution on the ideas of Natalie Zahle.

Med livet som insats, 2007

A book about the reappearance of biography as a genre applied to history, literature, history of ideas and archaeology. My contribution is "Et kritisk blik biografien - genren med de mange liv".

Magtballader, 2007

An anthology on power, resistance and the becoming of men and women. My contribution is "Portrættering og omportrættering. Om biografi som dekonstruerende metode".

Det kritiske blik, 2005

An anthology on the critical perspective. My contribution reflects critically on the genre of biography.

Writing Lives in Sport, 2004

A book about sporting lives – and about writing biographies in the academic world of sports studies. My contribution is "The Historical Biography: Genre, History and Methodology".

International Encyclopedia, 2001

An Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. My article tells the historiography of the historical biography: "Two Thousand Years of the Historical Biography: Changing Focus".

Bogen eller kaos, 2000

A commemorative book on Peter Seeberg's literary and cultural achievements – and on "Den Litterære Institution uss" (The Literary Institution uss; uss = under stadig skælven / in continuous trepidation). My contribution is on facts, fiction and narratives in the historical biography.

Att skriva människan, 1997

A collection of essays about biography in a psychological, sociological, historical and existential perspective.

My contribution is "Biografien ud fra et kvinde- og et historievidenskabeligt synspunkt".

Digternes Paryk, 1997

Articles about the age of enlightenment and sensitivity in 18th-century literature, painting, language, ideas and life of the people in the Nordic region and Europe. My contribution is an article about girls' schools.

Søg, og I skal finde, 1991

An anthology on the detective research and documentation of women's history in national archives and private collections. My contribution is ”Fra myte til gåde” on my research behind the Zahle-biography: Looking and searching for disappeared sources, finding new sources in this focused research, and creating new knowledge from the traces the hidden sources had left.

Der er en verden ved siden af verden

A book published in honour of Nynne Koch – motivator, co-ordinator, promoter of women's studies and founder of KVINFO (Danish Centre for Information on Gender, Equality and Ethnicity).

Kvindeforskning, 1980

The early days of interdisciplinary women's studies in Denmark.