Jenny Björklund holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and is Associate Professor of Gender Studies. Her research interests include twentieth century and contemporary literature, family studies, queer theory, cultural studies, feminist theory, and body/embodiment theory.
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In twenty-first century Swedish literature there is a surprising number of mothers who leave their families. Why do we currently see this literary trend? And why in Sweden of all places, which is usually seen as one of the best countries in the world to start a family, especially for mothers? These questions are the point of departure in my current research project Moms on the Run: Mothers Who Leave Their Families in Twenty-First Century Swedish Literature. The aim of this project is to investigate what it means that so many mothers leave their families in twenty-first century Swedish literature by examining these literary representations in relation to sociopolitical discourses on motherhood, family, and gender equality in contemporary Sweden.
Queer theory is one of my research interests, and my latest monograph is Lesbianism in Swedish Literature: An Ambiguous Affair (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). I have published articles and book chapters on gender and sexuality in Nordic literature and film, for instance on Lukas Moodysson’s Show Me Love, Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and contemporary Swedish young-adult novels. I am also co-editor of lambda nordica, a Nordic journal for LGBTQ studies.
I have edited the volumes New Dimensions of Diversity in Nordic Culture and Society (with Ursula Lindqvist, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016) and Tänd eld! Essäer om Agnes von Krusenstjernas författarskap (with Anna Williams, Norstedts Akademiska, 2008), and I have been part of the editorial committee for a festschrift to Torsten Pettersson, ”någonstädes mellan sol och söder, mellan nord och natt” (Gidlunds, 2015). I have published articles in Women’s Studies, Scandinavian Studies, and Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap as well as book chapters in several edited volumes.I received my Ph.D. from Uppsala University in 2004, and my dissertation deals with women poets and Swedish modernism in the 1940s. I have taught courses in Gender Studies, Comparative Literature, and Scandinavian Studies at various universities in Sweden and the United States, including Uppsala University, Stockholm University, and UCLA. I am director of undergraduate studies at the Centre for Gender Research.
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