Maria Holmgren Troy
I am Director of KuFo (the culture studies research group), one of Karlstad University's prioritized research groups.
Research interests: American literature, the gothic, memory studies, Pat Barker
Current research projects: contemporary Nordic gothic fiction, 19th-century American fairy tales, Octavia Butler
In 2014, I finished up a book project, Making Home: Orphanhood, kinship, and cultural memory in contemporary American novels, together with Liz Kella (Södertörn) and Helena Wahlström (Uppsala U.). The book was published by Manchester University Press (2014).
Making Home explores the orphan child as a trope in contemporary US fiction, arguing that in the times of perceived national crisis concerns about American identity, family, and literary history are articulated around this literary figure.
Making Home moves scholarship on literary orphans in new directions. It focuses on orphan figures in a broad, multi-ethnic range of contemporary fiction by Barbara Kingsolver, Linda Hogan, Leslie Marmon Silko, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Cunningham, Jonathan Safran Foer, John Irving, Kaye Gibbons, Octavia Butler, Jewelle Gomez, and Toni Morrison. It also investigates genres as carriers of cultural memory, looking particularly at the captivity narrative, historical fiction, speculative fiction, the sentimental novel, and the bildungsroman. From a decisively literaryperspective, Making Home engages socio-political concerns such as mixed-race families, child welfare, and racial and national identity, as well as shifting definitions of familial, national, and literary home. By analyzing how contemporary novels both incorporate and resist gendered and raced literary conventions, how they elaborate on symbolic and factual meanings of orphanhood, and how they explore kinship beyond the nuclear and/or adoptive family, this book offers something distinctly new in American literary studies. It is a crucial study for students and scholars interested in the links between literature and identity, questions of inclusion and exclusion in national ideology, and definitions of family and childhood.
Board member of the Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS) from 2012 – (Secretary 2012-2014, 2016-.) I have been a member of SAAS since it was founded in 1997 and served as the chair of the nomination committee 2005-2010.
Member of the editorial advisory board of WiN: The EAAS Women's Network Journal 2017-
Member of the international advisory board of European Journal of American Studies 2015-2021
Member of the international editorial board of American Studies in Scandinavia 2014-2015
President of the Nordic Association for American Studies (NAAS) and board member of the European Association for American Studies. 2013-2015
Collaboration with Elizabeth Kella (English, Södertörn) and Helena Wahlström (Gender Studies, Uppsala U) within the book project "Making Home: Orphanhood, Kinship and Cultural Memory in Contemporary American Novels." The project was funded by Vetenskapsrådet (the Swedish Research Council) 2009-2011.
European Life-Long Learning Project (2007-10): The Language Network for Quality Assurance (LanQua): The LanQua Toolkit has been developed by a network of teachers of languages and related studies across Europe. The 60 partners in the Language Network for Quality Assurance (LanQua) have worked together to map the current landscape for languages in higher education (described in the Frame of Reference) and to reflect on how a subject practitioner-led approach to quality assurance can inform quality assurance processes and enhance the quality of the learning experience for students. http://www.lanqua.eu/
I have been employed in English at Karlstad University, Sweden, since January 1999.
Ph.D. in English (American Literature), Uppsala University, Sweden, 1999.
Teaching degree (secondary and upper secondary school) in Swedish, English, and History, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 1990.
Visting scholar at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, December 2011-February 2012.
Visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, USA, fall semester 2009.
Visiting scholar at Stanford University, USA, September-November 1998.
Visiting (Fulbright) scholar at Stanford University, USA, 1995/1996.
- Making Home: Orphanhood, Kinship, and Cultural Memory in Contemporary American Novels. Co-written with Elizabeth Kella and Helena Wahlström. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2014
- Space, Haunting, Discourse. Ed. and introduction with Elisabeth Wennö. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.
· Collective Traumas: Memories of War and Conflicts in 20th-Century Europe. Co-ed. with Conny Mithander and John Sundholm. Multiple Europes 38. Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2007.
· Memory, Haunting, Discourse. Ed. and introduction with Elisabeth Wennö. Karlstad, 2005.
· In the First Person and in the House: The House Chronotope in Four Works by American Women Writers. Studia Anglistica Upsaliensia 108. Uppsala: Uppsala University, 1999.
Editor of special issues of peer-reviewed journals:
- Gothic and Uncanny Explorations, with Sofia Wijkmark. Spec. issue of Edda 104.2 (2017).
- Currents and Countercurrents, with Magnus Ullén. Spec. issue of American Studies in Scandinavia 47.2 (2015).
Articles, essays, chapters:
- "Predator and Prey: The Vampire Child in Novels by S. P. Somtow and John Ajvide Lindqvist." Edda 104.2 (2017): 130-44.
- Introduction: Gothic and Uncanny Explorations. Maria Holmgren Troy and Sofia Wijkmark. Edda 104.2 (2017): 108-14.
- “The Fact of Metafiction in Nineteenth-Century American Children’s Literature: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s A Wonder Book and Elizabeth Stoddard’s Lolly Dinks’s Doings." Nordic Journal of English Studies 15.2 (2016): 132-141.
- "Dealing with the Uncanny? Cultural Adaptation in Matt Reeves Vampire Movie Let Me In.” American Studies in Scandinavia 48.1 (2016): 25-41.
- “Chronotopes in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.” African American Review 49.1 (2016): 19-34.
- “The Bereaved Post-9/11 Orphan Boy: Representing (and Relativizing) Crisis and Healing, Tradition and Invention.” American and British Studies Annual 7 (2014): 11-19.
- ”Bilda familj. Om föräldralösa barn, släktskap och nationsskapande i samtida amerikanska romaner.” Helena Wahlström Henriksson, Elizabeth Kella och Maria Holmgren Troy. Tidskrift för genusvetenskap 35.4 (2014): 13-32.
· “Matrix, Metramorphosis, and the Readymade in Union Street, Liza’s England and Another World.” Re-reading Pat Barker. Ed. Pat Wheeler. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011. 1-12.
· “‘Between Memory and History’: The Nineteenth Century in Jewelle Gomez’s Novel The Gilda Stories and the TV Series True Blood.” American Studies in Scandinavia 42.2 (2010): 57-73.
· “Negotiating Genre and Captivity: Octavia Butler’s Survivor.” Callaloo 33.4 (2010): 1116-31.
· “‘the cleverest children’s book written here’: Elizabeth Stoddard’s Lolly Dinks’s Doings and the Subversion of Social Conventions.” Enterprising Youth: Social Values and the Project of Acculturation in 19th-Century American Children’s Literature. Ed. Monika Elbert. New York: Routledge, 2008. 149-63.
· “The Novelist as an Agent of Collective Remembrance: Pat Barker and the First World War.” Collective Traumas: Memories of War and Conflicts in 20th-Century Europe. Ed. Conny Mithander, John Sundholm and Maria Holmgren Troy. Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2007. 47-78.
· “Narrative and Trauma: Kaye Gibbons’s Ellen Foster and Margaret Atwood’s ‘Death by Landscape.’” Berätta för att förstå: sju essäer. Ed. Åke Bergvall, Anders Tyrberg and Elisabeth Wennö. Karlstad: Karlstad UP, 2006. 125-52.
· “Memory and Literature: The Case of Pat Barker’s Another World.” Memory Work. Ed. Andreas Kitzmann, John Sundholm and Conny Mithander. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2005. 85-103.
· “Loss of Words: Octavia Butler’s ‘Speech Sounds.’” The Power of Words. Festschrift in honour of Moira Linnarud. Ed. Solveig Granath, June Miliander and Elisabeth Wennö. Karlstad: Karlstad University, 2005. 73-80.
· “Negotiating Culture, Gender and Genre: Octavia E. Butler’s ‘Bloodchild.’” Collusion and Resistance: Women Writing in English. Ed. Kerstin Shands. Huddinge: Södertörns Högskola, 2002. 200-09.