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Lena Karlsson

Head of Department

Associate Professor, Lecturer

I am an associate professor of gender studies at Lund University and the Head of department.
I received my PhD in English literature in 2001 from Umeå University where I conducted my undergraduate studies and most of my graduate studies.
Both my teaching and my research reflect my commitment to interdisciplinary work, mainly in the conjunction cultural studies, feminist and postcolonial theory.

Current research
My research can be situated in the field of feminist cultural studies, in particular reception studies.
I am currently working on a project which deals with discourses of “good” reading. Here I explore interconnections between masculinity, class, and parenting in various national projects aimed at promoting literary reading.
I am continually interested in the genres and politics of life writing; my doctoral project involved an examination of (im)migrant life writing in the U.S.. As a postdoctoral fellow I explored life writing practices online, in particular gender and genre questions in relation to the consumption of diary blogs.

Selected publications
“This is a Book about Choices”: Gender, Genre and (Auto)Biographical Prison Narratives,” NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 21:3 (2013): 187-200.

“Dreams of Emotional Continuity: Reading and Relating in Malous bokklubb,” European Journal of Cultural Studies, 14:2 (2011): 163-177.

“Desperately Seeking Sameness: The Processes and Pleasures of Identification in Women’s Diary Blog Reading,” Feminist Media Studies, 7:2 (2007): 137-153.


Lena Karlsson Portrait
E-mail: lena [dot] karlsson [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se

Head of department

Department of Gender Studies

+46 46 222 42 33



Senior lecturer

Department of Gender Studies


Department of Gender Studies
Visiting address: Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14, House M, Lund
Postal address: Box 117, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
Phone +46 46-222 00 00 (operator)
Fax: 046-222 40 04

Faculty of Social Sciences