Department of English

Current Projects

Docent Michael Boyden is engaged in a project funded during four years (2015-2018) by the Swedish Research Council. Titled On Horror’s Head: American Literary Responses to Foreign Revolutions in the Long Nineteenth Century,  the project explores the connections between the idea of the United States as “nature’s nation,” as expressed in its literary culture, and political upheaval elsewhere in the Atlantic world during the so-called Age of Revolutions.

He is part of a U4 network “Reverberations of Revolution: Political Upheaval Seen from Afar (1750–1850)” that brings together researchers from the universities of Uppsala, Groningen, Göttingen, and Ghent to explore how writers, artists and intellectuals responded to and represented revolutions taking place in other parts of the world in a variety of genres.

Professor Danuta Fjellestad is completing a monograph “A Culture of Bookish Surplus, or Multimodal American Fiction Today” in which she examines fictional narratives which incorporate a whole range of non-verbal elements that “jumble” the standard look of the page and—sometimes—even the physical book itself.

She is involved in a collaborative project “Ekphrasis in the Digital Era: The Uses of Literary Description” with colleagues from University of Bern and Universität Stuttgart.

Docent David Watson’s “Translation and the Making of Antebellum America” is one of 26 sub-projects that constitute the RJ-financed research program The Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics in World Literatures (2016-2022).  Watson focuses on how translation activities shaped American literature and politics.

He leads a STINT-funded project “Fictions of Threat: Security, Speculation, and Surviving the Now” in which researchers from Uppsala University, the University of Sussex (UK), and the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) study American cultural responses to threats such as financial collapse, viral annihilation, species extinction, environmental disaster, war, and terrorism.