I am a member of KuFo (the culture studies research group), one of Karlstad University's prioritized research groups. I acquired my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Uppsala University in early 2002, with a thesis on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Published in 2004 as The Half-Vanished Structure: Hawthorne’s Allegorical Dialectics it was hailed in a review of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review as “an indispensable addition to all major Hawthorne criticism.”
More recently, in 2009, I published a study on pornography in Swedish called Bara för dig: pornografi, konsumtion, berättande [Just for You: Pornography, Consumption, Narrativity], which argues that rather than a genre, pornography is better seen as a constitutive cognitive aspect of consumer society. My work has also appeared in such journals as New Literary History, Studies in the Novel, Jump Cut and Texas Studies in Literature and Language, as well as in several Scandinavian journals. In addition to articles on American literature, literary theory, and pornography, it includes forays into mass cultural phenomena such as popular crime fiction, pop music, and computer games.
I am presently at work on a study tentatively called Unfinished Work: Faith, Race, and Canonicity in American Literary History, which raises the issue of canonization in relation to a reading of strategically chosen texts from three prominent genres in mid-nineteenth century American literature – the romance, the sentimental novel, and the slave narrative. The study explores the rhetorical strategies the texts employ with a view to changing society, as well as how they subsequently came to be overlooked. In order to fuse these two perspectives, I ask how the texts in question ask to be believed. An important task for the study is thus to theorize the function of faith (in a rhetorical rather than theological sense) in literature as in literary studies. In relation to this project, I recently co-edited and wrote the introduction to a special issue of The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review on Hawthorne’s last and much overlooked posthumous writings.