Asbjørn Aarseth (21 October 1935 – 31 August 2009) was a Norwegian literary historian, born in Inderøy.
He obtained the mag.art. degree (PhD equivalent) at the University of Bergen in 1963, received an academic position in literary studies here in 1967, and became professor of Nordic literature in 1985. He was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
An important book was Lyriske strukturer ("Lyrical Structures"), written together with Atle Kittang, which came to be a standard work in lyrical analysis. He was also an authority on Henrik Ibsen, and was involved in the project Henrik Ibsens skrifter.
- "Minneord: Professor Asbjørn Aarseth". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian). 4 September 2009 (online copy).
- Landro, Jan H. (3 September 2009). "Minneord: Professor emeritus Asbjørn Aarseth". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian).
- Ystad, Vigdis (11 September 2009). "Asbjørn Aarseth (obituary)". Aftenposten (in Norwegian).
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