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Niklas Salmose

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Department of Languages Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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I was rewarded my Ph.D. in 2012 at the University of Edinburgh with a thesis on nostalgia as style and aesthetics in modernist fiction. Before that I worked as a film and literature teacher in Stockholm for ten years as well a film director and producer. I am senior lecturer at the Department of Languages at Linnaeus University since 2012 focusing on English literature and literature and film didactics. Besides my work at Linnaeus I also own a film production and publishing company, Trolltrumma Film and Publishing. In addition to that I work as a translator of English fiction into Swedish and recently translated F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story collection All the Sad Young Men (Alla sorgsna unga män) into Swedish.


I teach English literature at all levels in the Department of Languages (Introduction to Literatures in English, English Literary History 1800 to the present, Theory and Method, and Multimodal Modernism). I am also responsible for all literary and film didactics for the English teacher trainees in Växjö. Within the Language, Culture and Communication Program (SKK) I teach project management and I also work with the translation program. In addition to this I supervise and examine BA and MA theses. This autumn term will mark the start of my new master's course, F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Jazz Age.


My research circles around Anglo-American and European Modernism with special focus on the authorships of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Malcolm Lowry, Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner. I investigate these authors, and modernism in general, relationship to nostalgia as idea and aesthetics. I see nostalgia as a unique driving force both in society and in the individual, as well as a complex set of emotions with great bearing on our daily lives.

Another area of interest is what I call sensorial aesthetics, within the study of multimodality: how different media communicate sensorial and emotional experiences outside their ordinary reach. For example, how do we experience smell through literature.

I also work with film and literary didactic questions such as the role of empathy in film and literature, and the use of horror film in the classroom.

Currently I am working on two anthologies: one with new critical essays about Malcolm Lowry in collaboration with Marie¬ Agnès Gay & Catherine Delesalle-Nancey, Jean Monnet University, Lyon; another called Female Voices from the First World War, which is a collection of texts by and about women during the First World War in Swedish translation.

Within the Linnaeus University Research Center for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies (IMS) I work on a project about transmediations of the anthropocene into qualified aesthetic media and on a project called "Media Phobia", an investigation of media representations. Currently I am writing about the relationship between nostalgia, text and illustration in the books of Astrid Lindgren.

Besides my membership in IMS, I am an active member of BAMS (British Association for Modernist Studies), EAM (European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies) and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society.


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