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Tea FredrikssonResearcher

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Fredriksson (2022): “Tall Tales and Truth Claims: The Forms and Functions of True Crime Stories in Crime Discourse” in: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Kriminalvidenskab, Jubilee Issue for the Nordic Research Council for Criminology’s 60th anniversary.

Fredriksson (2021): The Horror-Storied Prison: A Narrative Study of Prison as an Abject and Uncanny InstitutionDoctoral Thesis (Monograph). Dpt of Criminology, Stockholm University.

Fredriksson, T (2020). "Avenger in distress: a semiotic study of Lisbeth Salander, rape-revenge and ideology". Nordic Journal of Criminology.

Fredriksson, T & Gålnander, R (2020). "Fearful futures and haunting histories in women’s desistance from crime: A longitudinal study of desistance as an uncanny process". i: Criminology

Fredriksson, T (2019):  “Ideologiska hä(m)ndelseförlopp: Damer i nöd, kvinnliga hämnare och gotisk viktimologi” i Heber, A & Roxell, L (red): Att odla kriminologi. Festskrift till Eva Tiby.

Fredriksson, T (2018): “Abject (M)Othering : A Narratological Study of the Prison as an Abject and Uncanny Institution” i: Critical Criminology.

Conference Presentations

European Society of Criminology (ESC), Online

10/09-11/09 2020

"Haunting the Carceral Imaginary: Prison Autobiographies and Uncanny Time"

American Society of Criminology (ASC), San Francisco

13/11-16/11 2019

"Haunting of the Big House: Prison Autobiographies and Prison’s Inherent Gothicity"

European Society of Criminology (ESC), Sarajevo

20/08 - 10/09 2018

"An Othering Perspective – An Intersectional Approach to Prison’s Gothic Heritage" 

Law & Society, Toronto.

07 - 10/06 2018

"The Prison as an Abject and Uncanny Social Institution: A Narratological Study of Incorporation and Haunting in Autobiographical Prison Accounts"

Nordisk Samarbejsråd for Kriminologi (NSfK), Helsingfors.

14 - 16/05 2018

"An Othering Perspective – An Intersectional Approach to Narratological Prison Studies"


Crime Policy
Prison Studies
Academic Writing for Undergrads


Cultural Criminology, The Prison as a Gothic Institution

My research centers on pervasive ideas about and feelings towards the prison as a social institution. In short, I study the ways in which society speaks to and about itself through prison imagery in cultural and literary text. My research is concerned with how the prison comes across in collective means of communication such as books, movies or video games. As such, I study text as a presentation of ideas, myths, and stereotypes, rather than as a representation of anything existing outside of the text. Utilizing theoretical frameworks traditionally found in studies of the Gothic, such as abjection and uncanniness, my research project aims to further criminological understanding of how the prison functions as a social institution.


A selection from Stockholm University publication database

  • Abject (M)Othering

    2018. Tea Fredriksson. Critical Criminology


    The present study investigates how prison comes across as a culturally constructed imaginary. Drawing on narratological methodologies, the study discusses prison as simultaneously real and imagined in society’s ongoing communication with and about itself. Through an investigation of how prison is presented in autobiographical prison literature, the study shows how culturally held fears of imprisonment surface in terms of abjection and uncanniness. Previous prison studies have discussed this in terms of civil death and subsequent resurrection. Unlike previous studies, the present study employs the monstrous-feminine motif as a critical device in order to redefine the understanding of prison as abject and uncanny in patriarchal societies. An implementation of the monstrous-feminine motif enables a reading of the prison’s particular form of punishment as one that entails incorporation and assimilation; rather than operating on a patriarchal principle of exclusion.

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