Sofia Ahlberg

senior lecturer at Department of English

+4618-471 1259
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 L

Postal address:
Box 527
751 20 Uppsala

Keywords: the intersection of literature and technology in a digital age energy humanities petrofiction environmental literary studies

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I am a tenured lecturer in literary studies with La Trobe University, Australia. Currently, I am on a secondment with the English Department at Uppsala where I will be teaching within the American Literature program.

My research interest in energy humanities has resulted in a new book-length project that explores the triumphs and coming trials for oil culture, as these are imagined in contemporary literature.


A selection of recent publications:

Ahlberg, Sofia. “Skin-Deep: Feelings and Facts in the Fiction of Jeff VanderMeer, Peter Carey and Don DeLillo.” Palgrave Handbooks of Literature and Science. Ed. Priscilla Wald (forthcoming 2020).

Ahlberg, Sofia. “Fotminne.” Loanwords to Live With: An Ecotopian Lexicon, edited by Brent Ryan Bellamy and Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, Minnesota University Press (forthcoming 2018).

Ahlberg, Sofia.“Written on Water: David Vann’s Evocation of Walter Benjamin’s Dictum ‘to read what was never written’.” Make Waves: Water in Contemporary Literature and Film, edited by Paula Farca, University of Nevada Press (forthcoming 2018)

Ahlberg, Sofia. ”N. Katherine Hayles, Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious” (review article), Studia Neophilologica, April, 2018.

Ahlberg, Sofia. “Via Dolores: The Passage of the Feminine as Contraband in Nabokov’s Fiction.” Nabokov’s Women: The Silent Sisterhood of Textual Nomads, edited by Elena Rakhimova-Sommers, Lexington Books, 2017, pp. 3-18.

Ahlberg, Sofia. “Goodbye Crude World: The Aesthetics of Environmental Catastrophe in Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things and Edward Burtynsky’s Oil Photographs.” The Comparatist Special Issue: Catastrophe, vol. 41, 2017, pp. 78-92.


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