Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Ph D and senior lecturer of literary studies.

When I decided to pursue a career in comparative literature I knew that I wanted to do research as well as teach. That is also how things have turned out, and I find that the combination of the two is very rewarding. At present, I divide my time between teaching, writing a book on the construction of childhood in Swedish literature and teaching. I find all aspects of my work inspiring and challenging, and my main problem is that I want to be everywhere at once.

I wrote my doctoral thesis on the metapoetic strategies of Swedish contemporary poet Jesper Svenbro. Later, I have returned to the question of metapoetry in various articles. I have also studied the notion of mimesis from different perspectives.

In my spare time I work as a literary critic, a great occupation as I am what T.S Eliot called a historical provincialist: I enjoy reading newly published literature and keeping up with the new - good as well as bad.



Books (2)
Editorships (4)
Articles (6)
Book chapters (19)
Conference contributions (7)
Reviews (7)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (4)
Newspaper articles (1)
Supervision at Lund University (3)

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Karin Nykvist

Reader, Senior Lecturer
Comparative Literature
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail karin.nykvistlitt.luse

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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