Boel Westin, prefekt och professor i litteraturvetenskap
Previous research

The work of Tove Jansson. My book Tove Jansson. Words, Pictures, Life is the first authorised Tove Jansson-biography, presenting a new context for the world-famous creator of the Moomin-World. It gives a comprehensive presentation of the diversified work, focussing both on the author and the pictorial artist, analysing novels and pictures, short stories and picture books, comics and dramas. The dissertation is concentrated on aesthetical and narratological perspectives in the Moomin books, including the interaction between text and pictures. Several studies on Strindberg, mainly about genres, ideas and form. Essays on dreams, fiction and philosophy in the Alice-texts by Lewis Carroll. The importance of folk- and fairy tales in literature. Studies on premodern literature for children and young people. I have also written about picture books and girl’s stories.

Current research

Animal autobiographies, stories about writing animals, focussing on questions of individualisation, gender and autobiographical discourse in English, French, German and Nordic texts in the 18th and 19th centuries, including some animal discourses in pictorial art. The process of creating a new book for children in the 18th century. Chief editor of A New History of Swedish Children´s Literature, from the 14th century until 2010, to be published in 2013.


Children’s literature, gender studies, early modern literature, narrtive theory, media studies