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Works at Department of Culture and Aesthetics
Telephone 08-16 44 80
Visiting address Frescativägen 22B-26
Room A 107
Postal address Institutionen för kultur och estetik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

PhD student since September 2017. My research interests are 20th Century literature, mainly Hispanic exile and/or censored narratives, and the relations between literature, society and politics.


I teach seminars and lectures for the module "The conditions of literature" on the basic course in literature at the departement for Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm university


My PhD project deals with Hispanic literature (20th Century) that in different ways is conditioned by exile and migration. I study how literary works are produced in and through persecution, exile and censorship and how these phenomena take form in the texts. More concretely, I study how exiled subjects are made readable in texts by Luisa Valenzuela (Argentina), Cristina Peri Rossi (Uruguay) and Gloria Gervitz (Mexico) through the relation between stasis/captivity and mobility/border-crossing - both thematically and formally. 

This literature also poses questions about memory, multilingualism and racism and dramatizes in different ways the extensive and often violent periods of migration and political instability that has shaped the (entangled) histories of the Americas and Europe. 


Frida Beckman, Anna Jörngården



Hispanic literature, sociology of literature, Luisa Valenzuela, Cristina Peri Rossi, Gloria Gervitz, exile, migration, critical theory, postcolonial/decolonial theory, intersectionality



«Vida cotidiana y subjetividad en los cuentos de Luisa Valenzuela», International conference on Literature and Exile, Tarragona (Spain), October 2019

"Hushåll och fängelser - gestalningar av vardagen i Argentinsk litteratur skriven under diktaturen 1976-83", CEMFOR, Uppsala, May 2019

"‘I don’t know, she says that she leaves because of poverty’: Political exile forming and disrupting identities in Cristina Feijóo’s Cómo en las Películas (1995)", Transnational Performativities: Performing Identities in a Global Context (symposium), Stockholm, May 2018


Som på film, a translation of the short story Como en las películas (1995) by Cristina Feijóo in Karavan nr. 2 2018

"Nödvändigheten att vittna och viljan att tala om annat", article in Karavan nr. 2 2018

“My Insides Were Like a House”: A Study of Body and Space in Mercè Rodoreda’s La Placa del Diamant, master thesis (Stockholm University 2016) 

"Talande motstånd" - tystnad, talan och våld i Griselda Gambaros Ganarse la muerte (1976), article in Ordkonst 01-06-2014

Last updated: November 21, 2019

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