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 based in literary historiography and aesthetics of reception, and concerns interactions between genre- and media systems in the 20th century. Focus lies on analyzing understandings of Graham Greene's œuvre i Great Britain, the US, France and Sweden; how and why they have been created and interact, and how they reflect wider processes in 20th century literature.

In the past I've studied ideology in contemporary American novels, the rhetoric of Swedish national romanticism, and functions of parody in the animated tv-show Futurama.

I'm an alumni of The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. In the spring of 2019 I'm a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Reception Study, KU Leuven (

I participate in the project Echo Chamber of Reading (, and am co-editor of The Geschlecht Complex: Categorial Translations of Gender, Genre and Ontology.


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

Contact information

E-mail oscar.janssonlitt.luse

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