I am a member of KuFo (the culture studies research group), one of Karlstad University's prioritised research groups.
My research focuses on early modern drama and poetry, but I am also interested in Shakespeare on stage and film. In my dissertation Rape and Religion in English Renaissance Literature (2003) I studied four literary texts against the background of religious controversies in the wake of the English Reformation: William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and The Rape of Lucrece (both 1594), Michael Drayton’s Matilda (1594), and Thomas Middleton’s The Ghost of Lucrece (1600).
In 2006 I was given funding from the Swedish Research Council for a two-year project entitled The Emulative Complaint: Imitation and Innovation in Late Elizabethan Complaint Poetry (Vetenskapsrådet, ref. 421-2006-1612), a project focussed on formal and generic aspects of a group of narrative poems that include Shakespeare's The Rape fo Lucrece (1594).
More recently, I have started exploring early-modern connections and exchanges between England and Sweden. 2017–2019 I will be working on a project sponsored by the Swedish Research Council, The Rhetoric of Patronage: Cultural Imprints of Helena, Marchioness of Northampton (Vetenskapsrådet, ref. 2016-01521).
The purpose of the project is to examine the highly rhetorical culture of early modern English patronage through cultural imprints left by Helena, Marchioness of Northampton (1549–1635). Described in one contemporary document as ‘a straungier borne in Swecia’, Helena left Sweden in 1564 and came to exist within the early modern English patronage system, a system of mutual obligations and benefits for achieving authority and influence, and a system that was highly coded in terms of protocol and decorum. Through rhetorical and historical contextualisations of material and cultural objects and activities of central importance to her life, this project will examine how such objects are shaped by and illustrate the workings of patronage. More specifically, I aim to show how travel and travel writing, letters and letter writing, portraits and portraiture, architecture and architectural construction, and literary dedications all function as examples of rhetorical self-representation and manifestations of power within patronage. The aim of the project is to use Helena’s life as a lens through which a series of cultural activities and power relations in early modern England are illuminated. The project is biographical in so far as it examines how she adopted her new culture with apparent ease and determination, allowing her in different ways to take part in historically and politically important events.
I teach literature on undergraduate and advanced levels, and supervise literary papers.
I am the treasurer and a member of the board of SWESSE, The Swedish Society for the Study of English, which is the Swedish branch of ESSE, The European Society for English Studies. I am also the secretary and a member of the board of NAES, the Nordic Association for English Studies.
I hold my PhD from Uppsala University. I taught at Uppsala, Kalmar, and Örebro before coming to Karlstad in 2011.