Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Knowledge, dialogue, and understanding are key concepts for me as academic teacher. Giving classes in literary studies resembles, in my experience, being on a never-ending group excursion through times, thoughts, and texts. As literary scholar I activate a broad range of problems and perspectives: literature as language game, genre questions, intertextuality, myth theory, reception history, moral normativity, the intersection of man and animal, etc. To the centres of my research belong the works of the Swedish fin-de-siècle poet Gustaf Fröding and the history of the Aesopic fable in early modern Europe; in an ongoing project I investigate the role of the Roman god Mercury in early European news press. Of daily importance to me are my international networks, springing partly from working periods as Swedish lecturer at the university in Cracow and as guest researcher at the university in Munich, partly from engagement in scholarly associations such as International Reynard Society.


Thesis projects


Books (1)
Articles (5)
Book chapters (18)
Encyclopaedia entries (4)
Conference contributions (22)
Working papers (1)
Reviews (4)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (6)
Miscellaneous (7)

Research portal (Lund University)



  • Member, Board of Section 2, Centre for Languages and Literature


Erik Zillén

Comparative Literature
Centre for Languages and Literature

Senior Lecturer
Children's Literature
Comparative Literature
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail erik.zillenlitt.luse

Phone +46 46 222 84 81

Room SOL:H225

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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