Johan Höglund

Johan Höglund

Department of Languages Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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Dr Johan Höglund is Professor of English at the Department of Languages and the Director of the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. He holds degrees from Brown University and Uppsala University. His research focuses on the relationship between popular culture and Empire as it manifests during different eras and in different media, and on postcolonial studies and the Anthropocene. He supervises and examines doctoral dissertations and currently supervises two postdoctoral projects: "Food and migration in Contemporary European Cinema" and "Materialising Violence: Speculative Fiction and New Cultures of Resistance from sub-Saharan Africa", both generously funded by the Crafoord Foundation.


Johan teaches English Literature, American Literature, Literary Theory, Postcolonial Literature and the Anthropocene narrative on graduate and postgraduate courses. He also supervises and examines doctoral dissertations at Linnaeus University and other institutions.


Johan Höglund has published extensively on the relationship between imperialism and popular culture in a number of different contexts, including the late-Victorian era, the long history of US global expansion and decline, and the often unrecognized era of Nordic colonialism. He is the author of the monograph The American Imperial Gothic: Popular Culture, Empire, Violence (Ashgate, 2014), the co-written book Nordic Gothic (Manchester UP, 2020), and editor of B-Movie Gothic: International Perspectives (with Justin D Edwards, Edinburgh University Press, 2018), Animal Horror Cinema: Genre, History and Criticism (with Katarina Gregersdotter and Nicklas Hållén, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and Transnational and Postcolonial Vampires (with Tabish Khair, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). He has published extensively in journals such as Game Studies, English Literature in Transition, Continuum, and The European Journal of American Studies. He is currently working on two related projects: the collection Gothic in the Anthropocene with Justin D Edwards and Rune Graulund, and the monograph tentatively named Evolution and Culture: Postmodern Synthesis in Literature and Literary Theory.


Johan Höglund is a part of the editorial board of Transtext(e)s Transcultures: Journal of Global Cultural Studies. He is also a member of the Invasion network and was part of the board of the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden. He has edited several academic collections, and also served as guest editor for special issues on Nordic Colonialism for Scandinavian Studies (with Linda Andersson Burnett) and on the Contemporary Adventure Narrative for The Journal of Popular Culture (with Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet).


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