I am a member of KuFo (the Culture Studies Research Group), one of Karlstad University's prioritized research groups.
My research interests concern primarily aesthetics, reader-response criticism, satire and phenomenology (as the theoretical methods of Geneva and Constance School). Currently, I am working on two projects. The first (begins in 2018) studies the Swedish satire journal Grönköpings Veckoblad (independently published since 1916) and how it during a century, through identifying and commenting ideological and cultural norms and power structures, creates new images of Sweden. The second project has an intermedial approach and studies how stories travel, mainly between novels, graphic novels and film, and how the mediating process produces new aesthetical and communicative impacts in our time. The selected material covers a wide range of genres and artworks, from the 18th century novel to the modernist novel and popular fiction.
My dissertation Strindberg’s world (2012) is a close reading of six works emblematic of different literary styles in Strindberg’s oeuvre, including Miss Julie (1888) and Inferno (1897). The purpose is to find the author in the literary text, not in an objective reality. Thus, through a phenomenological/hermeneutical approach, the study reveals a provisional notion of the world of experience of consciousness and breaks new ground within the field of Strindberg research. It points out that Strindberg's writing is deeply involved in a struggle with the conditions of existence, not least as a fundamental experience of emptiness. In this way, the study manages to follow a seemingly hidden strategy and to problematize at the same time the ideological message of the text. Strindberg’s literary work can be understood as an existential project.
I teach f. x. Nordic and Western European literature (1880-1950) as well as literary theory at undergraduate level. Additionally, I hold courses in creative writing and supervise advanced-level literary essays.
I was awarded an M.A. in comparative literature as well as a B.A in film, literature and philosophy from the University of Stockholm. I undertook my doctoral studies at the University of Southern Denmark where received my Ph.D. in comparative literature in 2011. In 2012, I started lecturing in literature at Karlstad University. As of July 2015, I undertake a part-time position as director of studies at the Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies. Apart from this, I have more than seven years of work experience within film production as well as educational qualifications from New York, Berlin and Paris.