Jennie Nell, doktorand litteraturvtenskap

Jennie Nell


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Works at Department of Culture and Aesthetics
Postal address Institutionen för kultur och estetik 106 91 Stockholm


My research deals mostly with court culture and the relationship between literature, music, art and power. Other fields include rhetoric, emblematics and mythology. My doctoral dissertation from 2012 is called Vivat Rex! Carl Michael Bellman’s Panegyric on King Gustavus III 1771-1792. The dissertation examines panegyric themes and motifs, rhetorical form, and Bellman’s use of encomium (eulogy), as well as the poet’s use of rhetorical devices. A comparison is made between Bellman’s literary style in his panegyric occasional poems and in his Epistles and Songs, set against the traditional commemorative genres of eulogy and verse epic. Additionally, his role as panegyrist in the politically turbulent Gustavian Era is examined.

My current research include projects on The Rousseau reception in Sweden from the late Age of Liberty to early Romanticism; Gustavus III as rhetorician (speeches and plays); Gustavus III’s and Carl Michael Bellman’s dramatic works; Bellman and early hermeneutics (Lessing), and secular use of the ideas of Virtue during the Gustavian Age in Sweden, within the research project Teaching Virtue. (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond).!/menu/standard/file/Teaching_Virtue_ansokan_RJ.pdf (Swedish and English).

Last updated: October 1, 2019

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