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Arne Jönsson

Professor emeritus

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My main field of research is Neo-Latin: the diplomatic correspondence of Axel Oxenstierna, the works of Swedens's first woman writer, Sophia Elisabet Brenner, and the scientific and literary achievements of Daniel Rolander, a disciple of Carl Linnaeus.

My most recent contribution to Oxenstierna scholarship was an edition of Sir James Spens' and Jan Rutgers' letters to the chancellor (from London and The Hague respectively). The next book will be an edition of Carl Marinus' letters from Switzerland.

As regards Brenner research I edited (in cooperation with Valborg Lindgärde and Elisabet Göransson) a collection of papers, Wår lärda Skalde-fru, Sophia Elisabet Brenner (2011). My article is devoted to Mrs. Brenner as a propagator of the Swedish language. I am working on the liminal poetry to her Poetiske Dikter 1713.

Daniel Rolander's journey to Suriname gave very important contributions to zoology and botany. On his return he was marginalized and became "the invisible naturalist", to quote my colleague, James Dobreff, who has published articles (e.g. in Harvard Papers in Botany) demonstrating the importance of Rolander's discoveries. In October 2011, a book, Ur regnskogens skugga (Out of the shadow of the rain forest), with a monography by Dobreff illuminating Rolander's double roles as scientist and man of letters came out (Max Ströms förlag). The edition of Rolander's Diarium Surinamicum is on its way to the publisher, Humanistica Lovaniensia (500 pages)


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