Short CV/Education and training

  • 1977 – 1981
    Junior Lecturer, University of Gda'sk (Poland)

  • 1983 – 1984
    Ph. D. studies at the Department of English, University of Kansas-Lawrence

  • 1983 – 1986
    Ph.D. studies at the Department of English, Stockholm university

  • 1989
    The School of Criticism and Theory, Dartmouth College

  • 1986 – 1990
    Assistant Professor, Stockholm and Uppsala Universities

  • 1990 – 1995
    Research Fellow, Uppsala University

  • 1995 – 1998
    Associate Professor, University of Gothenburg

  • 1998 – 2007
    Full Professor, Blekinge Institute of Technology

  • since 2007
    Full Professor of American Literature, Uppsala University

Selected publications

  • "Toward a Concept of Post-Postmodernism or Lady Gaga's Reconfigurations of Madonna." With Maria Engberg. Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 12.4 (2013).

  • "Writing Affiliation and Dislocation in the Memoirs of Ihab Hassan and Edward Said." Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism 31.3 (2009): 202-213.

  • Authority Matters: Rethinking the Theory and Practice of Authorship. Co-edited with an introduction with Stephen Donovan and Rolf Lundén. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008.

  • "Towards an Aesthetic of Smell or, The Foul and the Fragrant in Contemporary Literature." CAUCE 24 (2001): 637-651.

  • "Intellectual Self-Fashioning: The Case of Frank Lentricchia and Ihab Hassan." European Legacy 5.6 (2000): 863-874.

  • Eros, Logos, and (Fictional) Masculinity. Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 1998.

  • Reading Texts: An Introduction to Strategies of Interpretation. Co-authored with Eleanor Wikborg. Oslo: Scandinavian UP, 1995.

  • "Frank Lentricchia's Critical Confession, or The Traumas of Teaching Theory." Style 33.3 (1999): 406-413.

  • ""The insertion of the self into the space of borderless possibility": Eva Hoffman's Exiled Body." MELUS 20.2 (1995): 133-147.

Selected projects

Projects in progress:

  • The Pictorial Turn in Literature: Reading Fiction Today (book


  • The Many Lives of American Kitsch (book project)

  • Tactility and Realism Today (article)

  • The End is Nigh, or Book Fetishism Today (article)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Board of the Swedish Research Council (since 2010)

  • Member of Kungl. Humanistiska Vetenskaps-Samfundet in Uppsala (since 2007)

  • Member of Kungl. Vetenskaps Societeten (since 2007)

  • Member of the International Association of University Professors of English (since 2000)

  • Modern Language Association (MLA)

  • The International Society for the Study of Narrative

  • The European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

  • The Nordic Association of American Studies (NAAS)

  • International Society for Intermedial Studies

Additional qualifications

Visiting Appointments:

  • Dartmouth College, The Future of American Studies Institute, faculty member, June 2011, 2012, 2013

  • University of Chicago, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Visiting Scholar, 2008

  • Bucknell University, Senior Fulbright Scholar, 2000-2001

  • Columbia University, Visiting Scholar, 1996

  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Center for Twentieth Century Studies, Visiting Scholar, 1989

  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Center for Twentieth Century Studies, Vilas Fellow, 1986


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