Danuta Fjellestad

e-mail address: danuta.fjellestad@engelska.uu.se
tel. + 46 (0)18 471 1250

Selected bio facts:

Ph.D. 1986; Docent 1995
2007— Chair Professor of American Literature and Culture, Uppsala University
1998-2007 Full Professor of American and Postcolonial Studies, Blekinge Institute of
1995 – 1998 Associate Professor, Göteborg University
1990 – 1995 Research Fellow, Uppsala University

Professor Fjellestad’s main research interests are 20th and 21st century American fiction, in particular postmodern and post-postmodern texts; visual culture; literary theory; intellectual auto/biography; ethnic studies; new media; electronic literature. She is also keenly interested in pedagogy and organization of higher education. Her present book-length study, The Pictorial Turn in Literature: Reading Fiction Today, focuses on word-image interactions in contemporary American literature. 

Danuta Fjellestad is currently faculty member of the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College. In the past she was Visiting Scholar at the Center for Twentieth-Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1986, 1989), Columbia University (1996), Bucknell University (2000-2001), Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago (2008). Professor Fjellestad is the recipient of several grants and scholarships, among others from the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (RJ) and the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems (2004), Fulbright (2000 – 2001), the Swedish Research Council (1995-1997), ACLS (1989), and Vilas (1986). Since 2010 Fjellestad has been member of the Board of the Swedish Research Council (VR). She has worked as an expert for VR, the Research Council of Norway, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, and STINT. She is member of the Editorial Board of Studia Neophilologica and Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, and co-editor of Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis: Studia Anglistica Upsaliensia.


Selected publications

“Toward a Concept of Post-Postmodernism or: Lady Gaga’s Reconfigurations of Madonna.” (forthcoming in Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 2012). 

“The Pictorial Turn in the Contemporary Novel.” English Past and Present. Ed. Wolfgang Viereck. Frankfurt am Mein: Peter Lang, 2012. 127-136. 

“Making the (Book’s) Margins Visible: The Pictorial Turn in the Contemporary Novel.” The Marginalised. Cairo: Cairo University, 2011. 555-564. 

“Resisting Extinction: The Pictorial in Contemporary American Literature.” Writing Technologies 3.1 (2010): 11-24.

 “Writing Affiliation and Dislocation in the Memoirs of Ihab Hassan and Edward Said.” Prose Studies 31.3 (2009): 202-213. 

Authority Matters: Rethinking the Theory and Practice of Authorship. Co-editor; co-author of the introduction. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008. 

“Fiction and Film: Teaching Aspects of Narrative in The Great Gatsby.” Co-author Eleanor Wikborg. Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Eds. Jackson Bryer and Nancy VanArsdale, New York: MLA, 2008.

“Teaching David Malouf’s Remembering Babylon.” Teaching Contemporary Literature and Culture. Eds. Susanne Peters and Klaus Stierstorfer. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2008.

“A relentlessly performing public self: Three cases of women and power in American academe.” Lines and Traces: Ed.Gunilla Florby and Karin Aijmer. Göteborg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, 2006. 43-50.

“A Traveling Intellectual: Lost and Found in Translation.” The Postmodern Return: Theory—Travel Writing—Autobiography. Ed. Klaus Stierstorfer. Heidelberg: Heidelberg UP, 2005.

Realism and Its Discontents. Co editor and co-author of Introduction Elizabeth Kella. Karlskrona: BTH, 2003.

“Frank Lentricchia’s Critical Confession, or The Traumas of Teaching Theory.” Style 33.3 (1999): 406-413.

Eros, Logos, and (Fictional) Masculinity. Uppsala: Acta, 1998.

Reading Texts: An Introduction to Strategies of Interpretation andReading Texts: Teaching Suggestions. Co-author Eleanor Wikborg. Oslo: Scandinavian UP, 1995.