Affiliated professor in comparative literature

Research

Biography
Per Bäckström is affiliated professor in comparative literature, Linnaeus University, since 2019. He was a full professor of Comparative Literature, Karlstad University 2010–2019. He chaired the membership commission of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM) 2007–2011. Major publications: Aska, Tomhet & Eld. Outsiderproblematiken hos Bruno K. Öijer (Ellerström 2003), Le Grotesque dans l’œuvre d’Henri Michaux. Qui cache son fou, meurt sans voix (l’Harmattan 2007), Vårt brokigas ochellericke! Om experimentell poesi (Ellerström 2010), and Decentring the Avant-Garde (Rodopi 2014). At present, Per Bäckström is working on the cross-aesthetic art of Öyvind Fahlström.

See also: Per Bäckström.

Research interests

poetry, lyrical performance, performance, performativity, processuality, avant-garde, neo-avant-garde, language grotesque, intermediality, Bruno K. Öijer, Henri Michaux, Öyvind Fahlström

Current research projects

  1. Öyvind Fahlström (monograph).
  2. The Anti-Aesthetics of Rock (monograph).

Finished research projects

In my doctoral thesis Aska, Tomhet & Eld. Outsiderproblematiken hos Bruno K. Öijer (Ash, Emptiness & Fire: The Outsider in Bruno K. Öijer), Ellerström 2003, I discuss Öijer’s roots in an avantgardistic performance tradition, and introduce the notion “lyrical performance” to describe the distinctive characteristics of his works. In the following book, Enhet i mångfalden. Henri Michaux och det groteska (Unity in Plenitude: Henri Michaux and the Grotesque), Ellerström 2005, I analyse the grotesque in Michaux’s oeuvre, med special attention to his “language grotesque”, a concept I introduce to describe Michaux’s and the Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf’s experimental poetry. This book was revised and translated into French: Le Grotesque dans l’œuvre d’Henri Michaux. Qui cache son fou, meurt sans voix, l’Harmattan 2007. Experimental poetry is also the focus of my third Swedish book: Vårt brokigas ochellericke! Om experimentell poesi (On Experimental Poetry), Ellerström 2010, where I try to find a suitable method to analyse this kind of poetry. I have co-edited four anthologies: Sense and Senses in Aesthetics, NSU Press, 2003, together with Troels Degn Johansson; Samspill mellom kunstartene. Modernisme i nordisk lyrikk 4 (Interplay between the Arts. Modernism in Nordic Poetry 4), Helsingfors universitet, 2010, together with Unni Langås; Norsk avantgarde, Novus forlag, 2010, together with Bodil Børset; and Decentring the Avant-Garde, Rodopi, Avantgarde Critical Studies, 2014, together with Benedikt Hjartarson.

Collaboration

  • Member of the advisory board for Centre for Avant-Garde Studies, University of Iceland, from 2013.
  • Member of the reference group for GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies (Centre of Gender Excellence, Linköping, Örebro and Karlstad University), 2013–2019.
  • Initiated the founding of Nationella rådet för samverkan av forskarutbildningen i litteraturvetenskap (The National Council for Collaboration on the Ph.D. Education in Comparative Literature, NRFL) 2011, with responsibility for national Ph.D. courses, and Ph.D.-education issues for Comparative literature in Sweden.
  • Member of the editorial committee and peer-reviewer for Arena Romanistica, University of Bergen, since 2008.


Participation in international research networks

  • European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM). Took part in the founding of EAM in 2004, and was ”chair of the membership commission” 2007–2011.
  • Nordisk Avantgarde Netværk (Nordic Avant-Garde Network). Participates as coordinator for Norway. Financed by NorFA/NordForsk 2005–2009.
  • International Society for Intermedial Studies (ISIS). Participates since 2011.
  • Nordisk lyrisk modernism (Nordic Lyrical Modernism) – Nordic research network established 2002.
  • Nordisk Bachtin Dialog (Nordic Bakhtin Dialogue) – Nordic research network established 1999.
  • The Future of Comparative Literature and the Nordic Perspective – Nordic research network.
  • Nordisk Sommar-Universitet (Nordic Summer University, NSU), participates since 1998 – Nordic research network. Financed by The Nordic Council of Ministers.
  • Nordiskt Sällskap för Metriska Studier (Nordic Association for Metrical Studies, NordMetrik) – Nordic research network.
  • International Association of Scandinavian Studies (IASS) – international research network. Participates since 2000.
  • Nordisk Förening för Litteraturforskning (NORLIT) – international research network. Participates since 2007.

Published books

  • Aska, Tomhet & Eld. Outsiderproblematiken hos Bruno K. Öijer (Ash, Emptiness & Fire. The Outsider in Bruno K. Öijer), (thesis) Lund: Ellerström, 2003.
  • Sense and Senses in Aesthetics, Per Bäckström & Troels Degn Johansson (eds.), Gothenburg: NSU Press, 2003.
  • Enhet i mångfalden. Henri Michaux och det groteska (Unity in the Plenitude. Henri Michaux and the Grotesque), Lund: Ellerströms förlag, 2005.
  • Centre-Periphery. The Avant-Garde and the Other, Per Bäckström (ed.), Nordlit. Arbeidstidsskrift for litteratur, Faculty of arts, Universitety of Tromsø, no. 21 2007.
  • Le Grotesque dans l’œuvre d’Henri Michaux. Qui cache son fou, meurt sans voix, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2007.
  • Vårt brokigas ochellericke! Om experimentell poesi (Our Gaudy Andornot!. On Experimental Poetry), Lund: Ellerströms förlag, 2010.
  • Samspill mellom kunstartene. Modernisme i nordisk lyrikk 4 (Interplay between the Arts. Modernism in Nordic Poetry), Hadle Oftedal Andersen, Per Bäckström & Unni Langås (eds.), Helsinki: University o fHelsinki, 2010.
  • Norsk avantgarde (Norwegian Avant-Garde), Per Bäckström & Bodil Børset (eds.), Oslo: Novus , 2011.
  • Decentring the Avant-Garde, Per Bäckström (red.), Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, Avantgarde Critical Studies, 2014.

Keywords


avant-garde, neo-avant-garde, intermediality, performance, processuality, Öyvind Fahlström, Henri Michaux, Bruno K. Öijer


ORCID: 0000-0002-2400-4124
ResearcherID: B-7121-2012

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