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Docent i franska, lärare och forskare vid franska avd sedan 1995, fil dr 2003. Arbetar inom RJ-programmet "Världslitteraturer: kosmopolitisk och vernakulär dynamik" ( Medarrangör av Forum för komparativ littvet ( Har undervisat på alla nivåer inom franskämnet, inom litteraturvetenskap såväl som i grammatik, översättning och skriftlig produktion. Handleder även på Masterprogrammet i översättning.

Ett av mina intresseområden är emotionsforskning, t.ex. det känslomässigas roll i undervisning om litteratur. Ett annat är översättning och reception av fransk 1800-talsfiktion i Sverige, nu inom ovan nämnda Rj-program. Här studerar jag även Paris som kosmopolitiskt centrum i den franska 1800-talsromanen. Tidigare studier har behandlat romanslut hos Balzac, "bovarysme" hos Stendhal och Flaubert och mimetiskt begär hos Stendhal.

Tidigare sakkunniguppdrag: Proust, S de Beauvoir, Stendhal, Sand, Zola, Hugo, reception, översättning, litteraturdidaktik, rhetoric of emotion.


Om forskningen

I am associate professor of French literature at the Centre for languages and literature, Lund University. I have been working there as a researcher and teacher since 1995, with responsibility for courses within French literature, language and translation at all levels. Most of my publications have dealt with the nineteenth-century French novel, from various angles: - the translation and reception of French literature in Sweden in the nineteenth century, - the "bovarysm" of Jules de Gaultier in novels by Stendhal and Flaubert, -"triangular desire" in Stendhal (doctoral thesis, 2003), - the problem of endings and closures in Balzac. Currently, I have two main areas of research: firstly, the dynamics between the vernacular and the cosmopolitan in the nineteenth-century French novel (see below, 1);  secondly, the role of emotion in the teaching of literature (see a case study below, 2).

1) The dynamics between the vernacular and the cosmopolitan in the nineteenth-century French novel 

The purpose is to study how the cosmopolitan/vernacular dynamic is represented in novels by Balzac, Stendhal, Flaubert and Zola, at a thematic, intratextual level as well as in translations of the novels into Swedish and in their reception in Sweden. In these novels, the movement from the provinces to a more global milieu, primarily Paris, is fundamental. How is this movement represented in the novels and how do the protagonists deal with it? Paris is an important centre for art, literature and politics, a cosmopolitan city, with innumerable connections with a wider world. By studying this topic in widely spread novels from the nineteenth century, the project will reveal new aspects of these texts and of their reception. These revelations will also mean insights concerning the vernacular/cosmopolitan dynamic in general; in fact, the novels constitute representations of human and social structures, in local and global contexts — in the nineteenth century but, to a large extent, valid at all times.

The reception part of the study will focus on the Scandinavian countries, primarily Sweden, and mainly cover the last 20 years. In cases where reception studies already exist of the same texts in other parts of the world (Russia and the USA, for instance) and in the past, comparisons to these will be made. Several theoretical fields will be useful: narrative theory, world literature theory, translation and reception theories. Methods will consist of close reading of the novels and study of different types of reception: in Swedish press (that is by journalists), on the Internet (by a wide range of readers) and among students studying the novels within university courses.

2) Emotion and narrative in literature classes: Swedish university students reading Le Père Goriot and Madame Bovary 

The role of emotions in our relation to literature is a research area in rapid evolution since the "affective turn” at the beginning of the 21st century, thanks to scholars like Patrick Colm Hogan (2011[i]), Suzanne Keen (2007[ii]), Martha Nussbaum (2001[iii]), Jenefer Robinson (2005[iv]) and Jean-François Vernay (2013[v]).

Despite this fact, there is little room for emotion in literature courses at the university today. Traditionally, affects do not belong in the academic world, are not seen as compatible with science, the domain of objectivity. We have few teaching hours at our disposal and a large mass of content to put into them. There is little time for discussions about the role of literature in our lives and about how it affects us emotionally and existentially. This is somehow paradoxical; is the very reason why we need literature not because it engages and enriches us emotionally? In other words, is it not the case that this emotional relation to literature is absolutely essential?

A point of departure will be the ongoing theoretical discussion about the crisis within education and about how to recreate a passion for literature among teachers and students in the teaching process. These problems are treated for instance in the studies by Antoine Compagnon (1998[vi]), Tzvetan Todorov (2007[vii]), Yves Citton (2007[viii]) and Vincent Jouve (2010[ix]), and more recently by Jean-François Vernay (2013[x]), Raphaël Baroni and Antonio Rodriguez (2014[xi]).

One way of succeeding with this task is to create an atmosphere in the classroom where students dare to express themselves more freely about their emotional relation to the texts studied. This is a central thesis in the two last publications and I would like to examine it further. How could such an atmosphere be created? When should a more distanced and critical reading be introduced? How is it possible to assess the students' performance when they express emotions?

The study will partly be based on discussions with students of French during their second term at Lund University in Sweden. Thus my approach is rather "practical". I will also discuss the results of a written survey among students having read Le Père Goriot by Balzac and Madame Bovary by Flaubert.


[i] Affective Narratology: The Emotional Structure of Stories, University of Nebraska Press, 2011.

[ii] Empathy and the Novel, Oxford University Press, 2007.

[iii] Upheavals of thought: The Intelligence of Emotions, Cambridge University Press, 2001.

[iv] Deeper than Reason: Emotion and Its Role in Literature, Music, and Art, Clarendon Press, 2005.

[v] Plaidoyer pour un renouveau de l’émotion en littérature, Éditions Complicités, 2013.

[vi] Le Démoin de la théorie, Seuil, 1998.

[vii] La littérature en péril, Flammarion, 2007.

[viii] Lire, interpréter, actualiser. Pourquoi les études littéraires?, Éditions Amsterdam, 2007.

[ix] Pourquoi étudier la littérature, Armand Colin, 2010.

[x] Pladoyer pour un renouveau de l’émotion en littérature, Éditions Complicités, 2013.

[xi] Les passions en littérature De la théorie à l’enseignement, Université de Lausanne, n° 295, 2014.



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Övriga uppdrag och meriter

2019 Bedömare för Icelandic Centre for Research (litteraturvetenskap, ämnesområde: geography and space).

2018- Ledamot i den vetenskapliga kommittén för L'Année Stendhalienne, Honoré Champion, Paris (regelbunden peer-reviewer).

2018 Peer-reviewer för Orbis Litterarum, John Wiley & Sons.

2018 Reviewer för French Studies, Oxford University Press.

2017- Styrelseledamot i Lundensiska Litteratursällskapet ( Vice ordförande från jan. 2019.

2016- Anställning som forskare inom RJ-programmet "Världslitteraturer: kosmopolitisk och vernakulär dynamik" (

2016- Arbetande ledamot i Vetenskapssocieteten, Lund.

2015 Docent i franska med inriktning på franskspråkig litteratur.

2009-2015 Tjänst som forskarassistent i franska, Lunds universitet (deltid).

2006-2008 Postdoktorstipendium, Einar Hansens Allhemsstiftelse.

2008 Pris från Kungliga Vitterhetsakademien för forskning om Stendhalreceptionen i Sverige och om de kulturella förbindelserna mellan Sverige och Frankrike under senare delen av 1800-talet.

2004-2005 Anställning inom projektet "Den Franska Realismen i Skandinavien", finansierat av NOS-H och RJ.

2003 Pris för doktorsavhandlingen av Vetenskapssocieteten i Lund.

2000-2001: inbjuden forskare vid Université de la Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris III (STINT-stipendium).

1995 Filosofie Magisterexamen och Gymnasielärarexamen i engelska och franska (Lunds Universitet, University of Sussex, Université de Provence).

Uppdrag som sakkunnig/opponent:

Betygsledamot vid PhD-disputation: Lisa-Marie Teubler, Visualizing the Vir Bonus in Charles Dickens' Scenes of Persuasion: The Rhetoric of Pity, Sentiment, Fact and Debt. 28 Sept 2019, Lund University.

Opponent vid slutseminarium för Nicolas Manucureras PhD-avhandling med titeln: Para-espaces dans le théâtre français de la période romantique (1828-1835). 5 mars 2019, Uppsala Universitet.

Förste opponent och betygsledamot vid Ida Hove Solbergs PhD-disputation, Institutt for litteratur,områdestudier og europeiske språk, Oslo Universitet (för doktorsgrad):Traveling Feminism. Simone de Beauvoir and Le deuxième sexe in NorwegianTranslation and Reception (2018 Apr 20)

Betygsledamot vid PhD-disputation, Stockholms universitet: Valérie Alfvén: Violence gratuite et adolescents-bourreaux. Réception, traduction etenjeux de deux romans suédois pour adolescents, en France, au début des années 2000 (2016 Sep 30)

Sakkunnig vid tjänstetillsättning av internationell forskartjänst, komparativ litteraturvetenskap, Lunds universitet, 2016.

Betygsledamot vid PhD-disputation av Neal Ashley Conrad Thing, Litteraturvetenskap, Lunds universitet, med avhandlingen I dialog med Proust. Den danske Proustreception gennem hundrede år (2015 Sep 19).

Betygsledamot vid Marie Wallins PhD-disputation, engelsk litteraturvetenskap, Lund, med avhandlingen: Malory and Authorship (2010 Mar 13)

Några internationella konferenser o. dyl:

31 okt 2018, Oxford University, inbjuden till Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation Seminar (OCCT). Titel på seminariet: "World Literatures: Multilingual Locals and Cosmopolitan Dynamics". Presentation tillsammans med Francesa Orsini (SOAS). Chair: Matthew Reynolds (Oxford).

ACLA /American Comparative Literature Association 2017, Utrecht University, 6-9 July: "Paris and Stockholm in Le Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac and The Red Room by August Strindberg" (presented within Richard Hibbitt's seminar series "Other Capitals of the Nineteenth Century").

Inbjuden föredragshållare (av Prof. Patrizia Lombardo) till symposiet « Vive Stendhal », CISA /Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives, Université de Génève, 3 februari 2017. Titel på föredrag:”Enseigner Stendhal”.

International conference on Narrative, ISSN (International Society for the Study of Narrative), 16-18 juni 2016, Amsterdam. Deltagande med eget bidrag : « Emotion and narrative in literature classes: Swedish university students reading Le Père Goriot and Madame Bovary ».

8-10 april 2015 : deltagande med egetbidrag vid internationell didaktikkonferens : « Pratiques et l’enseignement du français » (double blind peer review). Université de Lorraine, Metz. Titel på egna föredraget : « La place des émotions dans l’enseignement de la littérature. De la théorie à deux cas pratiques: Le Père Goriot et Madame Bovary. » Programmet :

28-29 March 2014 : University of Sheffield, deltagande med bidraget « The Nineteenth century Novel and the existential position of its readers ». Society of Dix-Neuviémistes (SDN) Twelfth Annual Conference : « The Emotions ». Konferenslänk :

Åbo Akademi, 3-4 november 2014: Inbjuden föredragshållare vid Studiedagar om franskspråkig litteraturforskning i Sverige och Finland, Titel på föredraget : « Känslors plats i litteraturundervisningen. Exempel från franska 1800-talsromaner ».

28 maj – 1 juni 2012 deltagande med bidraget « The sense of an Ending – in Life and Narrative » (tillsammans med Anna Cabak Rédei från kognitiv semiotik, SOL, Lund) vid internationella konferensen « Life and Narrative », American University i Paris. Se hemsidan

Inbjuden föredragshållare till det internationella symposiet « Bovarysme: littérature et philosophie. Il y a cent cinquante ans Madame Bovary paraissait dans la Revue de Paris... » Journée d’étude organisé par André Guyaux (Centre de recherche sur la littérature francaise du XIXe siècle, Sorbonne) et Per Buvik (Centre de coopération franco-norvégienne en sciences sociales et humaines, FMSH). 3 november 2006, Salle des Actes, Sorbonne. (

Deltagande vid det internationella symposiet ”Le réalisme français en Scandinavie. Réception, traductions, poétiques ”, den 21-22 oktober 2005 vid Université Paris7. Presentation av föredraget ”Labibliographie suédoise du RFS” samt av föredraget ”La réception de Stendhal en Suède”.

4-6 december 2003, Université Stendhal-Grenoble III: "Stendhal à Cosmopolis :Stendhal et ses langues." Colloque international du Centre d’ÉtudesStendhaliennes et Romantiques. Två egna presentationer: "Traductions suédoiseset danoises", ”Le language du désir”.

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