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Charlotta Seiler Brylla

Charlotta Seiler Brylla

Professor of German

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Works at Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies Finnish Dutch and German
Telephone 08-16 35 20
Email charlotta.brylla@tyska.su.se
Postal address Institutionen för slaviska och baltiska språk finska nederländska 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am professor of German at the Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and German at Stockholm University. I have been working here since 2009. Between 2006 and 2009 I was a postdoc at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. I received my PhD in German at Stockholm University in 2003 for a study of The Swedish reception of central concepts (key words) in Early German Romanticism.

My research interests include political discourse analysis, discourse linguistics, comparative analyses of keywords, totalitarian language use, Swedish-German relations.

 

Recent publications:

„Willkommen in unserem Land!“ Eine diskurslinguistische Studie zum Thema Flüchtlingspolitik der grünen Parteien in Schweden und Deutschland im Herbst 2015, in: Gredel, Eva, Kämper, Heidrun, Mell, Ruth M. &Polajnar, Janja (eds.): Diskurs kontrastiv – Erweiterung und Konsolidierung der Diskurslinguistik als Methode zur Erfassung transnationaler und sprachübergreifender Diskursrealitäten, Bremen: Hempen Verlag 2018,  pp.194-218.

Together with Kristina Boréus: "Kritisk diskursanalys", in: Boréus & Bergström (eds.): Textens mening och makt. Metodbok i samhällsvetenskaplig text- och diskursanalys, Lund: Studentlitteratur 2018, pp. 305-351.

"Stasi bidrog till DDR:s konkurs", in: Axess nr 3 2018, pp. 66-68.

Together with Gustav Westberg and Daniel Wojahn: "C som i kritik: Kritiska perspektiv inom text- och diskursstudier", in: Wojahn, Seiler Brylla, Westberg (eds.): Kritiska text- och diskursstudier, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2018, nr 6, pp. 9-36.

"Engelskans farliga dominans", in: Axess nr 6 2018, pp. 68-69.

Publications

A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2017. Charlotta Seiler Brylla. Protest – Parteienschelte – Politikverdrossenheit, 211-229
  • Article Nomen est omen
    2017. Charlotta Seiler Brylla. Historisk Tidskrift (S) 137 (2), 228-259

    Nomen est omen: State names for divided Germany

    The Cold War brought a competition of political systems between East and West. This battle was also waged on a discursive level. In this article the ”German question” is investigated from a linguistic perspective by analysing the names used for both German states in political documents, and in press, informational and educational materials. By using di erent names such as the German Democratic Republic (GDR/DDR), East Germany, the Zone, the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG/BRD), West Germany and the Bonn Republic, the states were able to position themselves and simultaneously call into question the legitimacy of the ”other” Germany. The names chosen were deliberate speech acts and part of the antagonism that characterized German-German relations until uni cation in 1990. A diachronic study of how the state names were used in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic therefore illustrates the relations between the states.

    The uses of German state names by other nations were also perceived as political statements. Neutral Sweden was caught in the middle of a German- German power struggle. Although the Federal Republic of Germany was certainly the more important partner, with a stronger in uence during the period as a whole, the GDR nevertheless served as a role model in several areas. The article sheds light on Sweden’s view of divided Germany dur- ing the Cold War by examining how both German states were portrayed linguistically in Swedish public discourse between 1949 and 1989.

    The analysis shows that the German-German context involved regular wars of words, where the use of a name could prompt both domestic and foreign policy con icts. The names of East or West Germany had political signi cance and were also explicitly agreed on in di erent contexts. The Swedish materials show a more pragmatic approach. Names were increas- ingly chosen to suit the context of communication and consideration of the German-German name preferences seemingly played a subordinate role. However, the study demonstrates that name practices changed in accordance with the political debates caused by the German question. The attempt to portray the two German states as equal regardless of context, which started in the late 1960s, is remarkable.

    The use of state names in the respective public discourse of the states re ects the balance of power and interaction of the Cold War. The study illustrates clear di erences in how the two German states were portrayed linguistically in the Federal Republic of Germany, the GDR and in Sweden. But in spite of di erences, the same image was evoked – West Germany was portrayed as the ”real”, prototypical Germany, whereas the GDR assumed more of a divergent status.

  • 2016. Charlotta Seiler Brylla. Textuelle Historizität, 225-246
  • 2018. Charlotta Seiler Brylla, Kristina Boréus. Textens mening och makt, 305-351
  • 2018. Charlotta Seiler Brylla, Gustav Westberg, Daniel Wojahn.

    Hur kan kritik förstås i ett språkvetenskapligt sammanhang? Vad innebär det att inta en kritisk forskarposition som språkvetare? Vad kan man som text- och diskursanalytiker rikta sin kritik mot?

    Denna antologi tar ett samlat och bredare grepp om konceptet kritik inom språkvetenskaplig text- och diskursanalys med ett särskilt fokus på en svenskspråkig kontext. Boken innehåller såväl teoretiska diskussioner av kritikbegreppet som kritiska empiriska analyser. De teoretiska diskussionerna tar sig an kritikbegreppets innebörd, dess historia och vetenskapliga implikationer. Här bidrar bokens artiklar också med teoretiska utvecklingar av kritikbegreppet i relation till exempelvis genre, motdiskurser, tystnad och frånvaro. I de empiriska bidragen analyseras sociala och samhällsrelevanta fenomen såsom feminism, nyliberalism, rasism och propaganda utifrån kritiska perspektiv. De empiriska analyserna bygger på vitt skilda skriftspråkliga såväl som multimodala material. Bland annat presenteras kritiska analyser av nationella prov för gymnasiet, reklam för banker, IKEA-kataloger, vårdprogram för ätstörningar och synen på samiska barns språkundervisning. Boken ger en samlad bild av aktuell kritisk text- och diskursanalytisk forskning och avser även att bidra till den teoretiska utvecklingen av fältet.

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Last updated: January 2, 2019

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