Visiting research scholar
Ongoing research projects
- Episodic Fiction and Film: Affinities and Adaptations
The project is a comparative study of short story composites/cycles and episode film. Both these genres consist of autonomous, interlinked stories, forming a discontinuous whole. The monograph is divided into two parts. The first half discusses the episodic as an age-old form of representation in art, literature, and film, pointing to structural similarities and dissimilarities, in short story composites and episode films. The second part of the project focuses on the adaptations of short story composites to film. What happens when an open text, consisting of 15-20 linked short stories, is transformed into film? Approximately half of the project has been completed.
- Choosing Oblivion: The Divided Life of David Edstrom
The project is a biography of the Swedish-American sculptor David Edstrom (1873-1938), who during his European years 1900-1920 was an internationally recognized artist but who later, after his return to the United States, fell more or less into oblivion. Apart from receiving critical acclaim from European art critics, Edstrom enjoyed a central position in the cultural circles of France, Italy, England, and Sweden, being a friend of Giovanni Papini, Gertrude Stein, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. The biography focuses on the reasons for his marginalization, on ethnic identity, on the contribution of David Edstrom to Swedish and American art. Material has been collected from numerous American and European libraries, archives, and private collections. Three fourths of the biography are now completed. Four articles related to this project have been published.
- The American Influence in Sweden
Over the years I have written numerous articles on the American influence in Sweden and I will continue to do so.
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