Caroline Haux

Caroline Haux


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Works at Department of Culture and Aesthetics
Telephone 08-674 74 86
Visiting address Frescativägen 26
Room C 315
Postal address Institutionen för kultur och estetik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I received my Phd in comparative literature from Stockholm university 2014 and have since then worked as a teacher and researcher at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics. I teach at all levels.

In my doctoral thesis, Developing. Writing, Consumption and Sexuality in Karin Boye’s Astarte and Henry Parland’s To Pieces (Framkallning. Skrift, konsumtion och sexualitet i Karin Boyes Astarte och Henry Parlands Sönder (2013) I study two modernistic novels, one from Sweden and one from Finland, in connection to their actuality – how the novels demonstrate themselves as examples on the contemporary and new. Focus is mainly threefold: how a logic of the commodity is permeating the texts, through which, as an effect, also gender and style are materialized; how new media such as amateur photographs and shop windows functions as aesthetic technologies for the novels and finally, how the novels themselves reflect on the way in which it is possible to represent this societal moment in history.

My current research which is part of the project Enchanting Nations: Commodity Market, Folklore and Nationalism in Scandinavian Literature 1830–1850, funded by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond), focuses on showing the significance of literature, particularly the novel, in spreading nationalism and the concept of the nation in early 19th century Scandinavia. My area of research connects nationalism and discourses on nation with economy: the commodity market, consumption and political economy of the time. With literary texts primarily from Sweden but also from Norway and Finland as objects of comparison, the research is methodologically comparative. To avoid reinstating nationalism on a methodological level transnational articulations of national discourses is actualized. With a historical and a constructivist approach to nationalism the project hopes to reveal challenges to present-day nationalism.

My main field of research places itself primarily within literary, critical and cultural studies, with an emphases on literary form. For example, how the novel – as a set of representational techniques – systematically takes part in a general economy of nationalizing power.

In a side project, “The Politics of Border”, I investigate power relations and “spatiality” in Nordic late 19th century fiction for girls and boys, through the prisms of postcolonial theory. 



2018: “Nationell kroppsekonomi: Statlig kontroll och produktivt begär i Emilie Flygare Carléns Rosen på Tistelön” (National Body Economics Governmental Control and Productive Desire in Emilie Flygare Carléns The Rose of Tistelön), Edda, 2018:3

2018: “Bygdeidyllens gotiska maskineri. Nationell identitet och fluktuerande bytesvärde i Fredrika Bremers I Dalarne.” (The County Life Novel’s gothic machinery. National Identity and Fluctuating Exchange Value in Fredrika Bremer’s Life in Dalecarlia.) Tidskrift för Litteraturvetenskap, TFL, 2018:3-4

2014: ”Förförelsens ekonomi. Om konsumtion i Fredrika Bremers Famillen H*** och Carl Jonas Love Almqvists Araminta May”, (An Economy of Seduction. On Consumption in Fredrika Bremer’s Famillen H*** and Carl Jonas Love Almqvist’s Araminta May”),Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, TFL, 2014:3-4

Book Chapters:

2003: ”Spegelscen. Allegori och fotografi i Henry Parlands Sönder” (”Mirror Scene. Allegory and Photography in Henry Parland’s To peaces”), in Allegori, estetik, politik. Texter om litteratur (Allegory, Aesthetics, Politics. Texts on Literature), edited by Ulf Olsson, Per Anders Wiktorsson. Stockholm/Stehag: Symposion, 2003.

2001: ”Estetiskt våld. Edith Södergran, offret och den konstnärliga utsagan.” (“Aesthetic Violence. Edith Södergran, Sacrifice and the Literary Statement”) in Speglingar. Svensk 1900-talslitteratur i möte med biblisk tradition (Mirrror Images. Swedish 20th Century Literature Meets Biblical Tradition.), edited by Stefan Klint och Kari Syreeni, Skellefteå: Norma, 2001. 

Last updated: October 25, 2019

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