Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


I began my PhD-studies in comparative literature in 2014. My dissertation is founded in literary historiography and aesthetics of reception, and concerns interactions between genre- and mediasystems in the 20th century. Focus lies on analyzing understandings of Graham Greene's authorship and œuvre i Great Britain, the US, France and Sweden; how and why they have been created and interact, as well as what they encompass and what they do not. In the past I have, among other things, studied ideological critique in Chuck Palahniuk's novels and the many functions of parody in the animated tv-show Futurama.

The summer of 2017 I participated in The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. As a result I'm leading a book project entitled The Geschelcht Complex: New Essays on Gender, Genre and Ontology.

I've been a supervisor of the SI-program at Centre for languages and literature, and a board member at the same institution.

I am the chair of the Lundensean Literature Society,


About the research

My PhD-project concerns questions of literary reception and historiography actualized by literary works that circulate internationally and traverse traditional conceptual borders of genre and media. The projects empirical base is centered on the reception of the English 20th century author Graham Greene, who was internationally active during six decennia and wrote in many genres and media. Furthermore, Greene was a critic, publisher and journalist, active in both the UK, the US and continental Europe. The vast academic reception has almost exclusively focused on Greene as novelist; the variation that has been attributed his authorship primarily denotes that it contains both thrillers and 'Great Novels', and that Greene at times cooperated with filmmakers. But the collected bibliography and Greene's agency in different cultural arenas indicates that his œuvre was produced through and circulated in many different value systems that are not included in the novel or film traditions. By analyzing Greene's international reception through an extensive and non-binary epistemology found in deconstructive historiography and critical feminist sociology, the ambition of the project is partly to make visible the mechanisms behind the homogenization of Greene's œuvre, partly to improve the understanding of interactions between genre, media and value systems in the production and reception of literary works. 

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Oscar Jansson

Doctoral Student
Comparative Literature
Centre for Languages and Literature

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