Like other national literatures, American literature was shaped by the history of the country that produced it but also by transnational trends and movements. Investigating the distinctive voices and styles in American literature from the first colonial encounters between European and Native (North) American populations in the sixteenth century to the present day, we research the ways in which American literature has been re-shaped and the American canon re-defined under the influence of factors such as immigration or popular culture.
We contribute to high-level scholarship on American literature through the organization of conferences and by initiating research networks and international collaborations in specified fields of inquiry. Currently, research conducted within the section focuses on issues pertaining to transnational American studies, contemporary security cultures, representations of revolutions, visual culture, and multimodality.
Seeking to promote high-quality research, we share our passion for American literature and culture with our students. Our section is the only one in Sweden to offer a comprehensive curriculum in American literature at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Research in American Literature explores a range of topics from canonical American literature to ethnic studies and visual culture. Focusing on the distinctive voices and styles in American literature from the first encounters between European and Native (North) American populations in the sixteenth century to the present day, we look at how the American literary canon has been shaped and re-defined under the influence of factors such as immigration or popular culture. Currently, research conducted within the section focuses on issues pertaining to transnational exchanges, contemporary security cultures, representations of revolutions, visual culture, and intermediality.
The PhD programme in American literature and culture is the only one of its kind in Sweden. A majority of our alumni are employed at various institutions of higher education.
- Sally Anderson Boström
- Sindija Franzetti
- Julie Blomberg Gudmundsson
- Alan Pejković (The Hermaphrodite, the Cyborg and the Vampire: A Liminal Trialogue with Feminist and Queer Theories in Selected Contempory American Novels)
- Robert Österbergh (Contemporary American Experimental Poetry and Aesthetic Theory)
Distinguished Guest Professor N. Katherine Hayles
N. Katherine Hayles has been appointed Distinguished Guest Professor at Uppsala University for a period of three years (2018-2020). Her interdisciplinary research has focused on the relation of literature, science, and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. Hayles’s work has been central to establishing digital literature as an emerging literary practice. She is the author of, among others How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics (1999), the book that has received multiple awards.
The American Studies unit has had the honor to nominate the following international scholars who, with the support of the Department of English, received honorary doctorates from Uppsala University:
In 2011, Professor Donald Pease, Dartmouth College, received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University for his ground-breaking research in the field of American Studies.
A similar honor was bestowed on Professor Linda Hutcheon, University of Toronto, in 2008, for her research in literatures in English.
Ihab Hassan In 1996 Professor Ihab Hassan received an honorary degree for his life-long contribution to the study of American literature.