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Christina Svensson, Docent emerita, Comparative literature

I defended my thesis in comparative literature at Lund University in 1987. My thesis was about Anders Lidbeck, Tegnér’s teacher in Aesthetics at Lund University. I worked in Lund, including as a postdoc and lecturer, until 1999, when I moved to the University of Hamburg and became a lecturer in Swedish literature and language. I also supervised a graduate student who defended her thesis in 2008 with a dissertation about P.C. Jersild. From 2005 until my retirement in 2010 I worked as a lecturer in Gothenburg. During my first years in Sweden, I continued to supervise master’s theses and examine students at master’s level in Hamburg. I became an associate professor in 2006.

Research information

My research has primarily involved the 18th century and Romanticism. Aesthetics, rhetoric and poetics are a few key words in my early research. In recent years I have mainly been interested in melancholia and hypochondria in the poetry and life of Esaias Tegnér (1782-1846). I have also examined how mental illness affects the language of Tegnér’s poems. The gender perspective has been important in this research. The concept of intertextuality, which I addressed in my thesis, is central to my current research. To a lesser extent, I have also written about orientalism and postcolonial problems.
Textual criticism and text editing is also one of the focuses of my research.

Current research

Carl Fredrik Hill (1849-1911) and his literary ambitions. My methods will be derived from the work of literary critics and historians of ideas. Gender and masculinity is an important subject when I investigate Hill’s mental illness. My interpretation of Hill’s verse manuscript focuses on intertextuality and there should be a discussion of how the writing can be considered to relate to Hill’s schizophrenia.










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