Organisation and staff

Karl Axelsson

researcher at Department of Literature

Email:
karl.axelsson[AT-sign]littvet.uu.se
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsv 3 P
Postal address:
Box 632
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

I am researcher at the Department of Literature since 2016. I have previously held positions as Research Fellow in Aesthetics at the Department of Philosophy at Uppsala University (2012-2015) and as Associate of King's College, University of Cambridge (2014 and 2015). I was awarded Wenner-Gren Foundation’s Postdoctoral Fellowship to King's College (2008-2010). I have also been Visiting Fellow at Columbia University (2010) and at the Faculty of English in Cambridge (2014 and 2016).

Keywords: addison shaftesbury periodical essays taste culture of politeness aesthetics

My courses

Biography

Research Interests

British eighteenth-century aesthetics, taste, Shaftesbury, Addison, periodical essays, Hume, Hobbes, Locke, culture of politeness, translation studies, digital humanities

Research

  • Researcher, Department of Literature, Uppsala University, 2016-

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Faculty of English (Research Group for Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies), University of Cambridge, 2016

  • Research Fellow (The Swedish Research Council), Department of Philosophy, Aesthetics, Uppsala University, 2012–2015 (also Associate of King's College, University of Cambridge, 2014/2015, and Visiting Research Fellow, Faculty of English, Research Group for Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies, University of Cambridge, 2014)

  • Researcher, Department of Philosophy, Aesthetics, Uppsala University, 2011–2012

  • Visiting Fellow, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, New York, 2010

  • Postdoctoral Researcher (The Wenner-Gren Foundations), King’s College, University of Cambridge, 2008–2010

 

Publications

Monographs/Books

  • Political Aesthetics: Addison and Shaftesbury on Taste, Morals, and Society (forthcoming)

  • Swedish translation of the third Earl of Shaftesbury, The Moralists, a Philosophical Rhapsody. Being a Recital of Certain Conversations on Natural and Moral Subjects (forthcoming, Stockholm: Thales, 2018)

  • The Sublime: Precursors and British Eighteenth-Century Conceptions, diss. Uppsala University (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007), see publisher

  • Tystnad! Tagning! (Torsby: Heidruns, 2000), on the regional history of Swedish cinema, 1919–1968

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • "Shaftesbury om poetisk sanning och det naturliga samhället" [Shaftesbury on poetical truth and natural society], Lychnos: An Annual for History of Ideas and Science (Swedish Society for the History of Science and Ideas), forthcoming 2017

  • "Contemplation or Manipulation? Aesthetic Perspectives on Nature and Animals from Shaftesbury to Bio-Art, International Yearbook of Aesthetics, forthcoming 2017

  • ”’Taste is not to conform to the art, but the art to the taste’: Aesthetic Instrumentalism and the British Body Politic in the Neoclassical Age”, Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, 2013:5, 1–16, http://www.aestheticsandculture.net/index.php/jac/article/view/21096/30070

  • ”Den (o)föränderliga naturen: Smakomdöme och bildning i The Tatler, The Spectator och The Guardian i början av 1700-talet” [The (Un)changing Nature: Judgement of Taste and Bildung in The Tatler, The Spectator, and The Guardian in the Early Eighteenth Century], Sjuttonhundratal: Nordic Yearbook for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2011, 72–92, http://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/1700/article/view/2387

  • ”Joseph Addison and General Education: Moral Didactics in Early Eighteenth-Century Britain”, Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, Charles University, 2009:2, 144–166

 

Anthologies

  • ”A Realized Disposition: Shaftesbury on Natural Affections and Taste”, New Ages, New Opinions: Shaftesbury in his World and Today, ed. Patrick Müller (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2014), 27–45, see publisher

  • ”Mellan känslor och normer: Hume om smakomdömet och kritikern”, Förnuft, känsla och moral: Perspektiv på David Hume, ed. Robert Callergård (Stockholm: Thales, 2011), 13–33, see publisher

 

Articles

  • "Shaftesbury på svenska: Moralisterna, Hejll och översättandets konst", Biblis, National Library of Sweden, 2016/2017:76, 43–47

  • ”Shaftesbury auf Deutsch: Estetik, Bildung och ett intresselöst intresse”, Biblis, National Library of Sweden, 2013:63, 62–67

  • ”De brittiska moralisterna: Konsten att bilda ett smakomdöme och förnedra en slav”, Subaltern (Bokförlaget h:ström – Text & Kultur), 2012:4, 60–63

  • ”Konst och Moral i 1700-talets Storbritannien: Folkbildande publicist lade grunden till dagskritiken”, Tvärsnitt (The Swedish Research Council), 2009:3, 35–38

  • ”Joseph Addison och The Spectator – Borgerlighetens folkbildare”, Noesis. Idéhistorisk tidskrift, Stockholm University, 2008:4, 5–13

  • ”Från idé till fantasi: Om modernitet och modernism”, Valör. Konstvetenskapliga studier, Uppsala University, 2003:2–3, 7–21

 

Reviews and Popular Science

  • Review of Music as a Science of Mankind in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012) by Maria Semi, Eighteenth-Century Music (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), vol. 10, no. 1, 2013, 16–18

  • Review of Breeding: A Partial History of the Eighteenth Century (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009) by Jenny Davidson, English Studies: A Journal of English Language and Literature (London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis), vol. 93, no. 4, 2012, 493–495

  • ”Könsspecifika erfarenheter och transpersonen i akademin”, essay on Könsmedveten pedagogik för universitets- och högskolelärare – en introduktion och bibliografi (Stockholm: Liber Utbildning, 2004) by Fredrik Bondestam, Tidningen Kulturen, 16.4.2009

  • Reviews of Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology, eds. Steven Cahn/Aaron Meskin (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008) and English Literature in Context, ed. Paul Poplawski (Cambridge: CUP, 2008), TFL – Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, 2008:2, 94–98

  • ”Kulturindustrin” [The Culture Industry], DN, 11.2.2008 (with Camilla Flodin, PhD in Aesthetics)

  • ”Hyllning till osäkerhetens skönhetsvärde”, essay on Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art (Princeton: PUP, 2007) by Alexander Nehamas, Svenska Dagbladet, 13.7.2007

  • ”Höjd över livets medelmåttiga stunder”, essay on Sublimity: The Non-Rational and the Irrational in the History of Aesthetics (New York: Routledge, 2005) by James Kirwan, Svenska Dagbladet, 28.9.2005

  • ”Queer på film”, essay on The New Queer Cinema, Upsala Nya Tidning, 26.10.2001

Publications

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