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Yvonne Leffler

Professor

Yvonne Leffler
Professor
Comparative literature
yvonne.leffler@lir.gu.se
+46 31 786 5294

Room number: H318
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Lundgrensgatan 7 , 412 55 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: Lundgrensgatan 1B , 412 56 Göteborg

About Yvonne Leffler

 

My two main research venues have been Swedish nineteenth century novels and popular fiction respectively. In my research into the early Swedish novel I have mainly worked from a comparative and genre theoretical perspective. My dissertation I skräckens lustgård. Skräckromantik i svenska 1800-talsromaner (1991) consists of a structural and thematic analysis of the international horror novel’s influence on the writings of Swedish nineteenth century novelists and the project “Jag har fått bref…” Den tidiga svenska brevromanen 1770 – 1870 (2007) contains an examination of the birth of the Swedish epistolary novel and the manner by which Swedish writers applied the epistolary form and genre conventions of the time. I have also had occasion to lead several research projects and publish papers on the importance of female nineteenth century writers to the evolution of the Swedish novel—e.g., Bakom maskerna. Det dolda budskapet hos kvinnliga 1880-talsförfattare (1997) and Kvinnan, kärleken och romanen (2001). In 2007 I published a critical edition of the 1859 novel Ett köpmanshus i skärgården, authored by Swedish West Coast writer Emile Flygare-Carlén.

My research into popular fiction has been largely focused on genre investigations, structural analysis and the theory of aesthetic response. In Horror as Pleasure: the Aesthetics of Horror Fiction (2000) I investigate the aesthetic of the horror film and horror novel—i.e., why so many people watch horror films and read horror novels. My work on the horror genre has extended to modern horror fiction (which includes film), the theory of aesthetic response and the problems of transmediation. Within the area of popular fiction, I have also worked on crime fiction and today's Scandinavian gothic fiction, especially the narrative and thematic function of the Nordic landscape in contemporary horror films and novels. In 2015, I published a study on the Swedish popular writer Signe Björnberg, more commonly known as Sigge Stark, Sigge Stark. Sveriges mest produktiva, utskällda och lästa författare (2015).

Tasks

During my time as a lecturer I have been involved in the development of basic- to PhD-level courses in comparative literature, within both the teacher training and the cultural studies program. I have also developed and taught interdisciplinary courses in the areas of popular fiction, film and media. A great part of my work as a teacher has been dedicated to the supervising of students and PhD candidates in my own and other universities, both within and outside of Sweden. Within my special areas I have written the following textbooks, all of which have been published by Studentlitteratur: Skräck som fiction och underhållning (2001), Det moderna genombrottets dramer (2004) and Det moderna genombrottets prosa (2005). In 1997 I was awarded the yearly “Pedagogiska priset” by the Academy of Pedagogy at Karlstad University for being “the most instructive teacher within the educational area of Humanities and Social Science”.

Over the course of my career I have performed various managerial, investigative and analytical tasks, several of which have involved positions of trust. Between 2001 and 2003 I was head of the literature department at Karlstad University, with the primary responsibility for leading, organizing and developing teaching and research activities relative to this subject. I was also a member of Karlstad University’s Faculty Board during the years 2002-2004 and a member of the University of Gothenburg’s Faculty Board of Arts 2007-2012. At the national level I have been a permanent member of the Preparatory Working Group for Aesthetical Sciences and Arts within the Swedish Research Council and the Post doc Panel within the Research Council. I have also been an external member of the Norwegian Research Council in 2012.

Ongoing research

At present I am  research director of the research project Swedish Women Writers on Export in the 19th century, founded by the Swedish Research Council. The aim of the project is to investigate the export of Swedish literature, the transnational transmission and reception of literary texts in the 19th century. At present I am mainly working with the transnational dissemination and reception of the first Swedish bestseller writer, Emilie Flygare-Carlén. Other scholars working within this project with different case studies are associate professor Gunilla Hermansson, associate professor Åsa Arping, Dr Jenny Bergenmar, and Dr Birgitta Johansson.

 

Latest publications

From Bestselling Novelist to Forgotten Woman Writer: The Transcultural Circulation of Emilie Flygare-Carlén
Yvonne Leffler
Swedish Women's Writing on Export: Tracing Transnational Reception in the Nineteenth Century, Göteborg, LIR-skrifter, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Introduction: Swedish Women's Writing on Export. Tracing Transnational Reception in the Nineteenth Century.
Yvonne Leffler, Gunilla Hermansson, Åsa Arping, Jenny Bergenmar, Birgitta Johansson Lindh
Swedish Women's Writing on Export. Trancing Transnatinal Reception in the Nineteenth Century, Göteborg, LIR.skrifter, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Introduction
Åsa Arping, Jenny Bergenmar, Gunilla Hermansson, Birgitta Johansson Lindh, Yvonne Leffler
Swedish Women’s Writing on Export: Tracing Transnational Reception in the Nineteenth Century, Göteborg, LIR.Skrifter, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Transcultural Transmission: Emelie Flygare-Carlén and Marie Sophie Schwartz in Central and Eastern Europe
Yvonne Leffler
The Triumph of the Swedish Nineteenth-Century Novel in Central and Eastern Europe, ed. Yvonne Leffler, Gothenburg, University of Gothenburg, Department of Literature, History of Ideas, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

"Zacharias Topelius i världen - verken i översättning"
Yvonne Leffler
Författaren Topelius - med historien mot strömmen, eds. Pia Forssell och Carola Herberts, Helsingfors, Stockholm, SLS- Appell, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Loved by the Readers, Rebuked by the Critics
Yvonne Leffler
Papers in Scandinavian Studies / Skandinavisztikai Füzetek, Magazine article 2019
Magazine article

Svensk 1800-talslitteratur i världen. Det kvinnliga romanundret
Yvonne Leffler
Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Prosaförfattaren Almqvist ur ett transkulturellt perspektiv. Översättningar och internationell spridning.
Yvonne Leffler
Almqvist-variationer : receptionsstudier och omläsningar / red.: Anders Burman & Jon Viklund., Göteborg, Makadam, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Gender and Bestsellers: The Swedish Novelist Emilie Flygare-Carlén
Yvonne Leffler
Vita Traductiva. vol. 10. Gender and Translation: Understanding Agents in Transnational Reception / Isis Herrero López, Cecilia Alvstad, Johanna Akujärvi and Synnøve Skarsbø Lindtner (eds.), Montreal, Éditions québécoises de l'oeuvre, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

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2019

From Bestselling Novelist to Forgotten Woman Writer: The Transcultural Circulation of Emilie Flygare-Carlén
Yvonne Leffler
Swedish Women's Writing on Export: Tracing Transnational Reception in the Nineteenth Century, Göteborg, LIR-skrifter, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Introduction: Swedish Women's Writing on Export. Tracing Transnational Reception in the Nineteenth Century.
Yvonne Leffler, Gunilla Hermansson, Åsa Arping, Jenny Bergenmar, Birgitta Johansson Lindh
Swedish Women's Writing on Export. Trancing Transnatinal Reception in the Nineteenth Century, Göteborg, LIR.skrifter, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Introduction
Åsa Arping, Jenny Bergenmar, Gunilla Hermansson, Birgitta Johansson Lindh, Yvonne Leffler
Swedish Women’s Writing on Export: Tracing Transnational Reception in the Nineteenth Century, Göteborg, LIR.Skrifter, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Transcultural Transmission: Emelie Flygare-Carlén and Marie Sophie Schwartz in Central and Eastern Europe
Yvonne Leffler
The Triumph of the Swedish Nineteenth-Century Novel in Central and Eastern Europe, ed. Yvonne Leffler, Gothenburg, University of Gothenburg, Department of Literature, History of Ideas, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

"Zacharias Topelius i världen - verken i översättning"
Yvonne Leffler
Författaren Topelius - med historien mot strömmen, eds. Pia Forssell och Carola Herberts, Helsingfors, Stockholm, SLS- Appell, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Loved by the Readers, Rebuked by the Critics
Yvonne Leffler
Papers in Scandinavian Studies / Skandinavisztikai Füzetek, Magazine article 2019
Magazine article

2018

Svensk 1800-talslitteratur i världen. Det kvinnliga romanundret
Yvonne Leffler
Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Prosaförfattaren Almqvist ur ett transkulturellt perspektiv. Översättningar och internationell spridning.
Yvonne Leffler
Almqvist-variationer : receptionsstudier och omläsningar / red.: Anders Burman & Jon Viklund., Göteborg, Makadam, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Gender and Bestsellers: The Swedish Novelist Emilie Flygare-Carlén
Yvonne Leffler
Vita Traductiva. vol. 10. Gender and Translation: Understanding Agents in Transnational Reception / Isis Herrero López, Cecilia Alvstad, Johanna Akujärvi and Synnøve Skarsbø Lindtner (eds.), Montreal, Éditions québécoises de l'oeuvre, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

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