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Mats Jansson


Mats Jansson
Comparative literature
+46 31 786 4135

Room number: E314b
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
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Mats Jansson

My research has mainly dealt with modernism, literary criticism, T.S. Eliot and intermediality. In my doctoral thesis Tradition och förnyelse (1991) I analyze the Swedish critical and lyrical reception of Eliot in order to demonstrate Eliot’s seminal importance for the development of Swedish lyrical modernism in the 1930s and 1940s. In Kritisk tidsspegel (1998) I focus on the role and function of literary criticism relative to the general breakthrough of Swedish lyrical modernism in the 1940s; here various theoretical approaches to the concept of ‘literary criticism’ were combined with empirical research. My monograph Den siste barden (2005) investigates the writings of the Swedish modernist, poet and painter Sven Alfons (1918–96). The notion of ‘intertextuality’ proves to be central to the analysis of his poetry and its relations to tradition. Furthermore, the concepts of ‘persona’ and ‘dramatic monologue’ turn out to be central in Alfons’s aesthetics. In addition, Alfons’s own paintings are found to be concordant with his poetry in their willingness to quote from pictorial sources and from literature. Focussing on the concept of ‘ekphrasis’ Poetens blick (2014) investigates the use of this mode of expression in Swedish poetry from the Romantic era through Modernism and Postmodernism. Furthermore, ekphrastic poetry opens up to specific semiotic, hermeneutical and phenomenological questions that I address. I am currently engaged in a project on the relationship between photography and literature in the Modernist era.

"Retelling the painting" – a presentation of Poetens blick. Ekfras i svensk lyrik 

Latest publications

Bengt Holmqvist, nykritiken och F.J. Billeskov Jansen
Mats Jansson
En ny kritik / Jens L. Jørgensen, Louise Mønster & Michael K. Schmidt (red.), Hellerup, Spring, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Ekphrasis and Digital Media
Mats Jansson
Poetics Today, Journal article 2018
Journal article

De egna teckningarna blir omslag
Mats Jansson
Parnass, Magazine article 2018
Magazine article

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rec. av Marja Palmer: Men and Women in T.S. Eliot's Early Poetry
Mats Jansson
Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, Book review 1998
Book review

rec. av Göran Lundstedt: Till bords med de bästa. Om kritikern Knut Jaensson
Mats Jansson
Nordica – Tidsskrift for nordisk teksthistorie og æstetik, Book review 1998
Book review


rec. av Jan Arnald: Genrernas tyranni. Den genreöverskridande linjen i Artur Lundkvists författarskap
Mats Jansson
Scandinavica. An International Journal of Scandinavian Studies, Book review 1997
Book review


T.S. Eliot och The Egoist. Till belysningen av ett litteraturkritiskt framträdande
Mats Jansson
Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, Magazine article 1996
Magazine article

Torsten Fogelquist och modernismen. En litteraturkritisk skärningspunkt
Mats Jansson
Edda. Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning, Magazine article 1996
Magazine article


Livets utplåning. En aspekt på T.S. Eliots Gerontion
Mats Jansson
Edda. Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning, Magazine article 1995
Magazine article



"Inventering" – en 40-talsdikt av Stig Sjödin
Mats Jansson
Horisont, Magazine article 1988
Magazine article


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