Synnøve Rodal was born in Bærum, near Oslo, in 1977. She obtained her M.A. in Norwegian Literature at the University of Bergen and currently teaches Norwegian language and literature in several high schools in the Bergen area. She is especially interested in contemporary Scandinavian literature after having presented her M.A. thesis entitled Kroppens betydning for tematikk og form i Ibsens Lille Eyolf og Fosses Dødsvariasjonar [The Meaning of Body with respect to Topic and Form in Ibsen’s Little Eyolf and Fosse’s Death Variations]. She has also participated in summer courses on Scandinavian literature at the universities of Copenhaguen and Stockholm.
A note on the Norwegian language
Bokmål and nynorsk are nowadays the two main written varieties of the Norwegian language. While bokmål represents a sort of ‘Norwegisation’ of the Danish language used in Norway over many centuries, nynorsk has its roots in many of the local varieties spoken by Norwegians in the countryside. Bokmål is currently used by around 80% of the population and nynorsk by around 20%.