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Hanna Henryson

About me

I am a teacher and researcher in German-language literature with a PhD degree from Uppsala University. My research is mainly focused on literary representations of social inequality and living conditions in cities, as well as on the role and function of literary discourses in social processes. I am also interested in narrative structures connected to the representation of urban life. In my dissertation, defended in December 2020, I examined contemporary German-language literature's response to the large-scale gentrification that has profoundly altered Berlin's social and urban structures after the German reunification. My previous research has also focused on literary representations of different forms of housing (large-scale housing projects, communal living) and resistance to urban change in fiction and non-fiction.

In my one-year postdoc project "Moral and the Metropolis: Social Types and Figures in Berlin and Vienna 1890-1914", funded by the Sven and Dagmar Salén Foundation, I was affiliated with the Department of German Studies at the University of Vienna 2021-2022. I am currently devoting an increasing amount of time to research on modernism and concacts between the swedish- and german-speaking cultural spheres.

In addition, I take an interest in how my research can be connected to didactic issues and have co-edited a volume on language didactics (in Swedish). I teach German-language literature from various periods with a special focus on the long 20th century. I am also a board member of the network for German-language literary studies in Sweden, GLS (website in Swedish and German), that aims to spread research on German-language literature to a wider audience within and outside academia.

My reserarch interests include aspects of

  • urbanity and housing in literature
  • modernist and contemporary literature
  • german- and swedish-language cultural contacts
  • narratology, especially genre and character theory
  • literature and language didactics

Publications

Henryson, Hanna: "Community is the one true capital": Ideologies and realities of urban self-build groups in Anke Stelling’s Berlin novels. In: Forum for Modern Language Studies (forthcoming).

Henryson, Hanna: Tipping Points: Gentrification and Urban Possibility. In: Salmela, Markku, Ameel, Lieven & Finch, Jason (eds.): Literatures of Urban Possibility. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. Pp. 165-189. More information

Henryson, Hanna: Gentrifiktionen. Zur Gentrifizierung in deutschsprachigen Berlin-Romanen nach 2000. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing, 2021. Open access

Henryson, Hanna: "Kuvertcirkeln": Resultat av aktiverande språkundervisning på högskolenivå. In: Tornberg, Ulrika, Thegel, Miriam & Henryson, Hanna (eds.): Språkdidaktik i praktiken. Metoder, exempel och reflektioner från högskolenivå. Uppsala: Skrifter utgivna av Institutionen för nordiska språk 103, Uppsala universitet, 2020. Pp. 15–32. Open access

Tornberg, Ulrika, Thegel, Miriam & Henryson, Hanna: Det språkdidaktiska kunskapsområdet: en introduktion. In: Tornberg, Ulrika, Thegel, Miriam & Henryson, Hanna (eds.): Språkdidaktik i praktiken. Metoder, exempel och reflektioner från högskolenivå. Uppsala: Skrifter utgivna av Institutionen för nordiska språk 103, Uppsala universitet, 2020. Pp. 7–14. Open access