Maaret Koskinen

Professor emeritus – Enheten för filmvetenskap



Maaret Koskinen is professor emeritus in Cinema Studies at the Department of Media Studies, and has been visiting professor at various universities (e.g. Fulbright Fellow at Cornell). Her publications on Ingmar Bergman, authorship, intermediality, as well as popular film have appeared in a number of national and international journals.

Koskinen was the first scholar given access to Swedish writer and film/theatre director Ingmar Bergman’s private papers during the last years of his life, which subsequently lead to the formation of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation. She also organized the first international Bergman symposium in Stockholm in 2005, and was appointed Honorary ’Ingmar Bergman Professor’ by Stockholm University and the Bergman Foundation jointly in 2009.

Aside from research and teaching, Koskinen has served in a number of public positions. She was for three decades film critic in Sweden’s largest national daily Dagens Nyheter and has served as Chair of the Swedish Association of Film Critics, as well as on number of film juries, among them 'Guldbaggen', the Swedish counterpart to the Oscars. She was Board Member (appointed by the Ministry of Culture) of the Broadcasting Commission 2003-2006, Board Member of the Film Institute 2011-2016, and Chair of the Film Academy 2016-2018. She is currently Member (appointed by the Ministry of Law) of the Stockholm Court of appeal in cases concerning film ratings.

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Research Interests

At present Koskinen is working on a book with professor Louise Wallenberg, which brings international scholars from different disciplines within the Humanities together with practitioners in film, theatre and television production, in order to explore what theory and practice can ‘do’ for each other. In bridging certain boundaries between theory and practice, this project also engages in certain issues concerning intermediality as well as the quickly expanding field of production studies.

Koskinen has authored several books on Bergman’s work in film, theatre, and literature from various theoretical perspectives. Her PhD dissertation in 1993, called (in translation) 'Plays and Mirrors. The Cinematic Aesthetics of Ingmar Bergman', was followed by ’Allting föreställer, ingenting är. Filmen och teatern - en tvärestetisk studie' (2001), which deals with intermedial relations between Bergman’s films and his work in the theatre. In 2002 she published 'I begynnelsen var ordet. Ingmar Bergman och hans tidiga författarskap' (translated into Finnish as 'Alussa oli sana - Nuori Ingmar Bergman', 2003, and into Spanish as 'Ingmar Bergman y sus primeros escritos. En el principio era la palabra', 2017), which was nominated for the Swedish literary ’August’ award. It explores unpublished materials in Bergman’s private archive, focusing on his work as author of literary fiction. Her next book (with Mats Rohdin) explored unpublished diaries and scripts in the Bergman Foundation archive, focusing on the conception, writing and making of Bergman’s last feature, 'Fanny and Alexander' (2005). Her books in English include (as editor) 'Ingmar Bergman Revisited. Cinema, Performance and the Arts' (Wallflower Press, 2008), with contributions by amongst others Janet Staiger, Thomas Elsaesser, and Paisley Livingston; and 'Ingmar Bergman’s THE SILENCE. Pictures in the Typewriter, Writings on the Screen' (University of Washington Press, 2010).

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Ongoing Research

Publication (select) 2020-2015:


“Anticipating Adaptation and Tracing the (In)Visible:David Lagercrantz’ The Girl in the Spider’s Web as Implicit Film Script”.Nordic Noir Adaptation and Appropriation:Film, Television, and Beyond,ed L Badley et al. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan Publ

”Hur Rolf blev Lassgård.En skådespelares persona och den svenska självbilden i närhistoriskt perspektiv”.Historiska fiktioner – en antologi om film, tv och historia,red E Björklund,et al.Stockholm: Carlssons


”Time, Memory and Actors:Representation of ageing in recent Swedish feature film”.Journal of Scandinavian Cinema 9:1,89-104

”Ingmar Bergman – minne, arkiv, arkeologi”.Ingmar Bergman mellan teori och praktik,red K Helander.Uppsala:Uppsala universitet

”Fil(m)osofiska valfrändskaper:Eric M Nilsson och Lars Gyllensten”. Apropå Eric M Nilsson,red A Holmström och N Salmose.Stockholm: Trolltrumma

”’Alldeles för mycket människa’:manlig, kvinnlig, androgyn – queer?” (rysk övers V. A. Petrunitjeva).En mångfacetterad talang: Ingmar Bergman 100 år,red. T Torstendahl Salytjeva.Moskva: RGGU

”Bibi Andersson”,Svenskt Kvinnobiografiskt Lexikon (SKBL). Institutionen för historiska studier,Göteborgs universitet.


Red:Ingmar Bergman: Ofilmat, ospelat, outgivet. Stockholm:Norstedts, inkl ”Kommentar”,313-326

(med I Stigsdotter),”Real and Reel Stockholm – Representations of Stockholm in I-Media-Cities,and current issues in archival film access”. Kosmorama, 21 september, 2018


Red(med L Wallenberg),Harry bit för bit.Harry Scheins många ansikten. Stockholm:Carlssons

”Harry Schein,Ingmar Bergman,Olof Palme.Personliga och politiska förbindelser – eller Mad Men Swedish Style”.Harry bit för bit.


”The Capital of Scandinavia?Imaginary Cinescapes and the art of creating an appetite for Nordic cinematic spaces”.Companion to Nordic Cinema,ed M Hjort and U Lindqvist.Oxford: Blackwells/John Wiley and Sons

”P(owe)R, Sex, and Mad Men Swedish Style”.Swedish Cinema and the Sexual Revolution:Critical Essays,ed M Larsson and E Björklund. Jefferson,NC:McFarland & Co

”Reception, Circulation, Desire:Liv Ullmann and the transnational Journeys of a Scandinavian Actress”,The Journal of Transnational American Studies 7: 1


”Multiple adaptation processes: The case of Alexander Ahndoril’s The Director and its predecessors in feature film, television documentary and popular print media”, Journal of Scandinavian Cinema 5: 1, 35–47

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Artiklar med Maaret Koskinen