Marie-Christine Skuncke

professor emeritus at Department of Literature

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Marie-Christine.Skuncke[AT-sign]littvet.uu.se
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Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 P

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Box 632
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Marie-Christine Skuncke, Professor of Literature at Uppsala University, emerita since 2016. In my research, I focus on various aspects of the Swedish eighteenth century - theatre and opera, education of princes, political culture, natural history - in a European and global perspective. I have been actively involved in international eighteenth-century cooperation. Founder and chair of the Uppsala Interdisciplinary Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1995-2016.

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Biography

Research Interests

Eighteenth-century Sweden in a European and global perspective, especially theatre and opera, education of princes, political culture, media history. Carl Peter Thunberg’s voyage to Japan in the 1770s and eighteenth-century natural history.

Work in Progress

For Publications see below under the same tab.

Uppsala Interdisciplinary Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies

Founder and chair 1995-2016 of the Uppsala Interdisciplinary Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies (Tvärvetenskapligt 1700-talsseminarium i Uppsala), a forum for eighteenth-century scholars across geographical, disciplinary and generational boundaries.

Publications

New Articles

In collaboration with TAKIGAWA Yuko (Kagawa University, Japan): "Scientific Relations between Sweden, Russia and Japan in the 1790s: Two Letters from Eric Laxman", Svenska Linnésällskapets Årsskrift 2018, pp. 99-138. Eric Laxman, a Finnish-Swedish naturalist in Russian service, organised a Russian expedition to Japan's northern island Hokkaido in the 1790s under his son Adam Laxman's command.

"Press Freedom in the Riksdag 1760-62 and 1765-66", in Press Freedom 250 Years: Freedom of the Press and Public Access to Official Documents in Sweden and Finland – a living heritage from 1766, Stockholm: Sveriges Riksdag (Swedish Parliament), 2018, pp. 109-144. Online version: http://www.riksdagen.se/sv/bestall-och-ladda-ned/andra-sprak/. The Swedish original was published in the volume Fritt ord 250 år, Stockholm: Sveriges riksdag 2016 - see https://www.riksdagen.se/sv/aktuellt/aktuelltlista/tryckfrihetsforordningen-fyller-250-ar/ . A Finnish translation was published in 2018, see http://www.riksdagen.se/sv/bestall-och-ladda-ned/andra-sprak/.

"Suède, Europe, Japon: Le botaniste Carl Peter Thunberg sur le marché international", in Pratiques et enjeux scientifiques, intellectuels et politiques de la traduction (vers 1660-vers 1840), vol. 2, Les enjeux scientifiques des traductions entre Lumières et Empire, sous la direction de Patrice Bret et Jean-Luc Chappey, [published in the online journal] La Révolution francaise. Cahiers de l’Institut d’histoire de la Révolution française, 13, 2018: http://journals.openedition.org/lrf/1863

"Elsa Fougt", "Ellen Sofia Wester", articles in Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon, 2018, online: https://skbl.se

Carl Peter Thunberg and Japan, in The Art of Natural Science in Sweden – Treasures from Uppsala University, exhibition catalogue, Intermediatheque Natural History Series <2>, Tokyo: The University Museum, University of Tokyo & Uppsala: Gustavianum, Uppsala University Museum, 2018, pp. 034-039 (Japanese translation), 142-137 (English).

"Deux cosmopolites suédois au XVIIIe siècle: le roi Gustave III et le naturaliste Carl Peter Thunberg", in Entre Pologne et France, Le Cosmopolitisme des Lumières, réd. Anna Grześkowiak-Krwawicz, Dominique Triaire & Piotr Ugniewski, Conferenze 139, Roma: Accademia Polacca delle Scienze / Biblioteca e centro di studi a Roma, 2018, pp. 107-130. Also available online: http://rzym.pan.pl/images/files/conferenze/

Biographical and bibliographical notices about Swedish eighteenth-century theatre actors and translators of plays: "Didric Gabriel Björn" (2016), "Peter Lindahl" (2018), in Svenskt översättarlexikon, online in litteraturbanken.se.

Latest Monograph

Carl Peter Thunberg, Botanist and Physician: Career-Building across the Oceans in the Eighteenth Century. Uppsala: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, 2014.

The book was written within the framework of the project "Carl Peter Thunberg, Europe and Japan", funded by RJ (The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences).

Other Monographs and Edited Volumes

Sweden and European Drama 1772-1796. A study of translations and adaptations (diss. Cambridge 1980), Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Historia litterarum 10, Uppsala 1981

Gustaf III - Det offentliga barnet. En prins retoriska och politiska fostran (Politics and Eloquence: The Education of Gustaf III; English abstract / Politique et éloquence: L'éducation de Gustave III; résumé en français), Stockholm : Atlantis, 1993

In collaboration with Anna Ivarsdotter: Svenska operans födelse: Studier i gustaviansk musikdramatik (The Birth of Swedish Opera 1772-1792; English summary / La Naissance de l'Opéra suédois 1772-1796; résumé en français), Stockholm: Atlantis, 1998

(ed.), Centre(s) et périphérie(s): Les Lumières de Belfast à Beijing / Centre(s) and Margins: Enlightenment from Belfast to Beijing , Paris: Honoré Champion, 2003 (Études internationales sur le dix-huitième siècle/International Eighteenth-Century Studies, 8)

In collaboration with Henrika Tandefelt (red.), Riksdag, kaffehus och predikstol: Frihetstidens politiska kultur 1766-1772 (Parliament, Coffee-House and Pulpit : Political Culture in Sweden's Age of Liberty; English summaries of articles), Stockholm: Atlantis & Helsinki: Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland, 2003

(ed.), Media and Political Culture in the Eighteenth Century (contributors: John Brewer, Robert Darnton, Carla Hesse, Jean Sgard), Stockholm : Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien (Royal Academy of Letters) 2005

Articles and Chapters in Books

"Fredrika Bremer, kornetten Carl och Iphigenia", Samlaren 1984

"Körsbär och krigspropaganda. Bellmans Lust-spel den 17 Julii 1790 ", in Läskonst skrivkonst diktkonst , Festskrift till Thure Stenström, red. Pär Hellström & Tore Wretö, Stockholm 1987

"Carl Jonas Love Almqvist - prophète ou Protée", Revue de littérature comparée , Paris , 1988:2

"Eliza Orzeszkowa and the Nobel Prize", in Polish-Swedish Literary Contacts , ed. Maria Janion & Nils Åke Nilsson, Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, Konferenser 19, Stockholm 1988. Polsk översättning / Polish translation 1991.

"The Unknown Ellen Wester - Translator and Polonophile", in Relations between Poland and Sweden over the centuries , ed. Zenon Ciesielski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw, Warszawa etc, 1990 / Svensk översättning: "Ellen Wester och Polen", övers. Ingrid Svensson, i Ellen S. Wester , Polska brev , red. I. Svensson, Stockholm 1992

" Sweden and European Drama 1771-1796: A Presentation of Cross-Cultural Contacts", in Gustavian Opera: an Interdisciplinary Reader in Swedish Opera, Dance and Theatre 1771-1809 , Stockholm 1991

"Un prince suédois auteur français: l'éducation de Gustave III, 1756-1762", in Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century (Voltaire Foundation, Oxford ), 296, 1992

" Soliman II in French and Swedish Garb", in Gustav III and the Swedish Stage. Opera, Theatre and Other Foibles. Essays in Honour of Hans Åstrand , ed. Bertil H. van Boer, Lewiston / Queenston / Lampeter 1993

Contributions to exhibition catalogues Solen och Nordstjärnan. Frankrike och Sverige på 1700-talet , Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, 1993 / Le Soleil et l'Etoile du Nord. La Suède et la France au dix-huitième siècle , Grand-Palais, Paris , 1994

"L'histoire dans l'éducation de Gustave III de Suède", in Les princes et l'histoire du XIVe au XVIIIe siècle , éd Chantal Grell, Werner Paravicini & Jürgen Voss, Bonn 1998

"La recherche dix-huitiémiste dans les pays nordiques: un aperçu (Danemark, Finlande, Islande, Norvège, Suède)", in La recherche dix-huitiémiste. Objets, méthodes et institutions (1945-1995), éd. M. Delon & J. Schlobach, Etudes internationales sur le dix-huitième siècle / International Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1, Paris, 1998

Contributions to Swedish-Russian exhibition catalogue Katarina den stora & Gustav III , Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, 1998. English translation in Catherine the Great & Gustav III , Nationalmuseum, Stockholm , 1999 ('Gustav III's Formative Years' and 'Gustav III and the Theatre')

"Den svenska demokratidebatten 1766-1772", in Ordets makt och tankens frihet. Om språket som maktfaktor , red. Rut Boström Andersson, Uppsala 1999

"Svenskt kynne i svensk litteratur?", in Svenskt kynne , red. Leif Lewin, Uppsala 2000

"Kellgrens 'Cantate Den 1 Januarii 1789'", in Poetiska världar. 33 studier tillägnade Bengt Landgren , red. Håkan Möller m.fl., Stockholm 2002, s. 96-112

"Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski and Gustav III", in The Eagle and the Three Crowns: Polish-Swedish Relations across the Baltic from the 16 th to the 18 th centuries , Warsaw : The Royal Castle, 2002, s. 59-71; på polska: "Stanislaw August i Gustaw III", i Orzel i trzy korony. Sasiedztwo polsko-szwedzkie nad Baltykiem w epoce nowozytnej , Warszawa 2002

"Gustav III", "Kellgren, Johan Henric" och "Lovisa Ulrika", in Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, ed. Alan Charles Kors, New York: Oxford University Press, 2003, II, s. 163-165, 332-333, 439-440.

"Introduction", in M-Ch. Skuncke (ed.), Centre(s) et périphérie(s): Les Lumières de Belfast à Beijing , 2003, s. 11-22.

"Medier, mutor och nätverk" (Media, Money and Networks), in M-Ch. Skuncke & H. Tandefelt (red.), Riksdag, kaffehus och predikstol: Frihetstidens politiska kultur 1766-1772 , 2003, s. 255-286, 385-391.

"Lovisa Ulrikas korrespondens med utländska författare och lärda" (Lovisa Ulrika 's Correspondence with Foreign Writers and Scholars), in Drottning Lovisa Ulrika och Vitterhetsakademien (Queen Lovisa Ulrika and the Royal Academy of Letters), red. Sten Åke Nilsson, Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien (Royal Academy of Letters), 2003, s. 41-61, 207-212.

"Was There a Swedish Enlightenment?", in Norden och Europa 1700-1830: Synvinklar på ömsesidigt kulturellt inflytande , red. Svavar Sigmundsson, Reykjavík 2003, s. 25-41.

"La liberté dans la culture politique suédoise au XVIIIe siècle", in Liberté: Héritage du passé ou Idée des Lumières? , ed. Anna Grzeskowiak-Krwawicz & Izabella Zatorska, Kraków & Warszawa 2003, s. 28-41.

"Press and political culture in Sweden at the end of the Age of liberty", in Enlightenment, Revolution and the periodical press , ed. Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink & Jeremy D. Popkin, SVEC 2004:06, Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2004, s. 81-101

"Medier, retorik och känslor" [Media, Rhetoric and Emotions], in Sjuttonhundratal 2004 [yearbook of the Swedish Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies], s. 74-94

"Skjöldebrand, Eric", Svenskt biografiskt lexikon , häfte 158, Stockholm 2004, s. 441-447

"Introduction", in M-Ch. Skuncke (ed.), Media and Political Culture in the Eighteenth Century , Stockholm 2005, s. 9-20.

”Frihetstidens teaterliv i Stockholm” [Theatre Life in Stockholm in the Age of Liberty] samt ”Gustaviansk teater” [Gustavian Theatre], in Ny svensk teaterhistoria, huvudredaktör Tomas Forser, Hedemora: Gidlund, 2007, vol. I, s. 165-187, 188-217, 289-294

”Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Swedish eyes around 1760”, in Peripheries of the Enlightenment, ed. Richard Butterwick, Simon Davies & Gabriel Sanchez Espinosa, SVEC [Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century], 2008:01, Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2008, s. 87-103

”Ellen Wester, 1873-1930”, in Översättarlexikon. Biografiskt uppslagsverk över svenska översättare [A Dictionary of Swedish translators], red. Lars Kleberg, http://sol.bibl.sh.se/ , Södertörns högskola 2008

”Carl Peter Thunbergs japanska resa i 1770- och 1780-talens medier” [C.P. Thunberg’s Voyage to Japan in the Media of the 1770s and 1780s], Sjuttonhundratal 2008 [yearbook of the Swedish Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies], s. 44-62.

”Gustave III de Suède et l’Opéra” (lecture at the Collège de France, 2009), Proxima Thulé. Revue d’études nordiques (Paris), vol. 6, 2009, s. 143-171.

“Carl Peter Thunberg: From Amsterdam and Deshima to Linneanum in Uppsala”. Japanese translation by Kiyoshi Matsuda, in: Shūhō: Report of Ono Ranzan Bicentennial Commemoration Activities 2010. Tokyo: University of Tokyo, 2010, s. 14-27.

“Freedom of the Press and Social Equality in Sweden, 1766-1772”, in Scandinavia in the Age of Revolution: Nordic Political Cultures, 1740-1820, ed. Pasi Ihalainen et al., Farnham, Surrey & Burlington, VT USA: Ashgate, 2011, s. 133-143.

“Appropriations of Rhetoric in Eighteenth-Century Sweden”, in Metamorphoses of Rhetoric: Classical Rhetoric in the Eighteenth Century, eds. Otto Fischer & Ann Öhrberg, Uppsala: Avdelningen för retorik vid Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen, Uppsala universitet, 2011, s. 133-151.

Reviews of studies on the eighteenth century, e.g. Hanne Lauvstad, Helicons bierge og Helgelands schiær. Nordlands Trompets tekst, repertoar og retorikk, diss., Oslo 2006, in: Rhetorica Scandinavica, nr 41, 2007 s. 47-51

Anthology

Gustaf Wasa och andra pjäser från svenskt 1700-tal , red. Marie-Christine Skuncke, Lund: Studentlitteratur, 1994

Textbook

Tillsammans med Erik Johannesson: Lathund för doktorander och uppsatsförfattare , Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen, Uppsala universitet, Meddelanden nr 1, 1:a uppl. 1985, 2:a uppl. 1991

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