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Åsa Arping

Professor

Åsa Arping
Professor
Comparative literature
asa.arping@lir.gu.se
+46 31 786 4390

Room number: D316
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg


Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.lir.gu.se
lir@lir.gu.se

Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Åsa Arping

Presentation

Åsa Arping (b. 1968), Professor, PhD and Senior Lecturer in Comparative literature. Her doctorial thesis came in 2002: Den anspråksfulla blygsamheten: Auktoritet och genus i 1830-talets svenska romandebatt [Pretentious modesty. Authority and gender in the Swedish debate on the novel in the 1830s]. Her latest book is ”Hvad gör väl namnet?”. Anonymitet och varumärkesbyggande i svensk litteraturkritik 1820–1850” (2013) [”What’s in a name?”. Anonymity and Branding in Swedish literary criticism 1820–1850]. In the last couple of years Arping has part of the project “Swedish Women Writers on Export”, where she is investigating the American reception of Fredrika Bremer's (1801–1865) works.

Arping has held courses in Comparative literature since 1999, in teacher eduation, literature and gender, in cultural studies (Children and youth culture and criticism) and journalism (essay writing). In recent years she has been involved in several interdisciplinary second and third cycle courses at the department and the faculty, concerning literary criticism and literary theory. Arping is also tutoring exam essays and is co-supervisor of two post graduates.

As Associate Head of Department for Education (2011–2016) she was responsible for the department’s strategic educational planning and quality issues.

Åsa Arping has had several assignments outside the university, as member of a working group distributing grants for translated literature in the Swedish Arts Council (2000–2003), as member of the August Prize jury (The Swedish Publisher’s Association, 2008–2010). In 2002–2005 she was editor of Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift [Journal for Women’s Studies] and she was among the editors of the latest edition of Litteraturens historia i Sverige [The History of Literature in Sweden] (2009)

Research interests

  • Literature in relation to gender, class and intersectionality
  • Literary criticism (reviewing) and essay writing
  • Literary history writing and canon formation
  • Critical editing
  • Swedish and British 19th century fiction

Latest book

”What’s in a Name?”. Anonymity and Branding in Swedish literary criticism 1820–50

How did the name become a commodity in Swedish literary publicity? This study explores the symbolic re-negotiations of the name in the press and book market in the early 1800s. Especially around 1840, the dominant use of anonymous publishing and a collective voice to address "public opinion" was challenged by a new demand for individualized image-making. How did writers and critics of both sexes deal with this transformation, and how did it affect their public image? These questions are exemplified through writers and/or cultural journalists such as Fredrika Bremer, Sophie von Knorring, Emilie Carlén, C.J.L. Almqvist, Oscar Patric Sturzenbecker, Wendela Hebbe, J.P. Theorell and Carl Anton Wetterbergh.

Confronting the rather persistent use of anonymity, the project argues for a more thorough understanding of how this practice, rather than offering concealment and protection, was diligently exploited as a means of destabilizing the role of the writer/journalist, often boosting public interest in the private person behind the text. For women participants, anonymous writing entailed conforming to prescribed norms of female modesty, but it also involved the possibility of transgressing those norms. Similarly, choosing not to publish in print was more than an act of humility: exclusive manuscript circulation could just as easily function as a critique of literary commerce.

A primary aim of this project is to present the professionalization of reviewing in a new light; thus it argues that scholars should properly consider criticism and reviewing as something one is able to professionally pursue without formal employment. This is historically significant, especially with regard to female critics. For too long, literary scholars have pursued an anachronistic approach to the larger culture of letters, viewing the publishing of printed works as the only means to fulfillment and success in the literary-cultural field. For most 19th century women, however, the option to publish was not only unavailable, it was undesirable as well. It is high time that we recognize this constriction, and turn our attention to sources that can remedy the lacunae still plaguing the historiography of female literary reviewers.

As today’s digital blog activities clearly indicate, if scholars of literature and press wish to understand how actors move between different spheres of literary production and circulation, and create new writing identities, they must include non-print material in their analyses. Thus the significance of the name in literary publicities should attract further attention in our field of research.

Keywords: anonymity, literary publicity, criticism, brand making, gender, Swedish 1800’s, press, book market, manuscript culture

Projects

  1. Judgment and didactics. Women critics in Sweden 1800–2000, planned project in collaboration with Professor Anna Williams, Uppsala University and Professor Bibi Jonsson, Lund University
  2. Swedish Women Writers on Export in the Nineteenth Century, project in collaboration with Professor Yvonne Leffler, PhD Jenny Bergenmar, Docent Gunilla Hermansson och PhD Birgitta Johansson Lindh.

Editorial assignments

  • 1997–1998: member of the editorial committee for Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap (Journal for Comparative Literature).
  • 2000–2002: member of the editorial committee for Ord & Bild.
  • 2002–2005: Editor of Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift (Journal for Women’s Studies), and until 2006 member of the editorial board.
  • 2006–2009: Editor of Litteraturens historia i Sverige (The History of Literature in Sweden), together with Prof. Anna Williams (Uppsala), FD Annika Olsson (Stockholm) and Maria Sjödin, publisher at Norstedts.
  • 2008–2010: Member of the editorial committee for the series Skrifter utgivna av Svenska Litteratursällskapet (Works edited by the Swedish Literary Society)
  • 2010–2011: Editor of the department’s writing series

Latest publications

Arbetarlitteraturens döda vinkel - hemarbete och klassmedvetande i Kristina Sandbergs ”Att föda ett barn” (2010)
Åsa Arping
Hva er arbeiderlitteratur? Begrepsbruk, kartleggning og forskningstradisjon, red. Christine Hamm, Ingrid Nestås Mathisen, Anemari Neple, Bergen, Alvheim & Eide Akademisk Forlag, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Förmyndaren
Åsa Arping
Tjänstemannen i skönlitteraturen. Bilder av goda och mindre goda byråkrater, red. Anders Björnsson & Björn Rombach, Stockholm, Santérus, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Sammanfattning
Åsa Arping, Gunilla Hermansson
Nordens litteratur, red. Margareta Petersson & Rikard Schönström, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

I samhället – realism och tendens
Åsa Arping
Nordens litteratur, red. Margareta Petersson & Rikard Schönström, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Nya författar- och skribentroller
Åsa Arping
Nordens litteratur, red. Margareta Petersson & Rikard Schönström, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Politisering – liberalism och konservatism
Åsa Arping
Nordens litteratur, red. Margareta Petersson & Rikard Schönström, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

I salongen – litteraturen mellan privat och offentligt
Åsa Arping
Nordens litteratur, red. Margareta Petersson & Rikard Schönström, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Poesi och politik 1800–1870
Åsa Arping, Gunilla Hermansson
Nordens litteratur, red. Margareta Petersson & Rikard Schönström, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Krop + sprog = politik. Nordisk lyrik ved årtusindskiftet
Åsa Arping
Nordisk kvindelitteraturhistorie. Over alla grænser 1990–2015, red. Anne-Marie Mai, Odense, Syddansk Universitetsforlag, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

En annan Hertha? Från radikalitet till pragmatism i Fredrika Bremers manuskript
Åsa Arping
Hertha – ”en växel dragen på framtiden”, Haninge, Årstasällskapet för Fredrika Bremet-studier. Skriftserien, 9, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

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2017

Arbetarlitteraturens döda vinkel - hemarbete och klassmedvetande i Kristina Sandbergs ”Att föda ett barn” (2010)
Åsa Arping
Hva er arbeiderlitteratur? Begrepsbruk, kartleggning og forskningstradisjon, red. Christine Hamm, Ingrid Nestås Mathisen, Anemari Neple, Bergen, Alvheim & Eide Akademisk Forlag, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Förmyndaren
Åsa Arping
Tjänstemannen i skönlitteraturen. Bilder av goda och mindre goda byråkrater, red. Anders Björnsson & Björn Rombach, Stockholm, Santérus, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Sammanfattning
Åsa Arping, Gunilla Hermansson
Nordens litteratur, red. Margareta Petersson & Rikard Schönström, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

I samhället – realism och tendens
Åsa Arping
Nordens litteratur, red. Margareta Petersson & Rikard Schönström, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Nya författar- och skribentroller
Åsa Arping
Nordens litteratur, red. Margareta Petersson & Rikard Schönström, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Politisering – liberalism och konservatism
Åsa Arping
Nordens litteratur, red. Margareta Petersson & Rikard Schönström, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

I salongen – litteraturen mellan privat och offentligt
Åsa Arping
Nordens litteratur, red. Margareta Petersson & Rikard Schönström, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Poesi och politik 1800–1870
Åsa Arping, Gunilla Hermansson
Nordens litteratur, red. Margareta Petersson & Rikard Schönström, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Krop + sprog = politik. Nordisk lyrik ved årtusindskiftet
Åsa Arping
Nordisk kvindelitteraturhistorie. Over alla grænser 1990–2015, red. Anne-Marie Mai, Odense, Syddansk Universitetsforlag, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

En annan Hertha? Från radikalitet till pragmatism i Fredrika Bremers manuskript
Åsa Arping
Hertha – ”en växel dragen på framtiden”, Haninge, Årstasällskapet för Fredrika Bremet-studier. Skriftserien, 9, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

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