Maria Trejling

Maria Trejling


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


Historically, literary animals have often been read as representations of something human. In my dissertation I examine the relationship between animals and figurativity, analyzing works by Virginia Woolf, H.D., Djuna Barnes, and D.H. Lawrence. Although not explicitly about animals, the four novels that I focus on exhibit an interest in animals and animality. I explore the ways in which animals can be read non-figuratively in these texts and how such readings change the perception not just of the literary animals but also of the internal dynamics of the texts themselves.


Research interests

Animal studies, posthumanism, modernism, literature and philosophy, literary theory, poststructuralism.



Frida Beckman and Michael Lundblad.


Conference Papers

"More Swallows to Follow: Repetitive Animals in H.D.'s Asphodel." Beastly Modernisms Conference, Glasgow, September 2019.

"Becoming Posthumanist: Deleuzian Animals in The Rainbow." The International D.H. Lawrence Conference, Paris, April 2019.

“Reading Animals Literally: The Activism of Desymbolization.” The European Conference for Critical Animal Studies, Lund, October 2017.

”Empathizing through Fundamental Difference: An Exploration of Empathy with the Non-Human Other in D.H. Lawrence's ’Fish.’” The European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Conference, Basel, June 2017.

”'Imprisoned within a limited, false set of concepts': Posthuman Absoluteness and Relativity in Women in Love.” The International D.H. Lawrence Conference, Paris, March 2017.

Last updated: October 25, 2019

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