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Oscar Jansson

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My PhD-project concerns questions of literary reception and historiography actualized by literary works that circulate internationally and traverse traditional conceptual borders of genre and media. The projects empirical base is centered on the reception of the English 20th century author Graham Greene, who was internationally active during six decennia and wrote in many genres and media. Furthermore, Greene was a critic, publisher and journalist, active in both the UK, the US and continental Europe. The vast academic reception has almost exclusively focused on Greene as novelist; the variation that has been attributed his authorship primarily denotes that it contains both thrillers and 'Great Novels', and that Greene at times cooperated with filmmakers. But the collected bibliography and Greene's agency in different cultural arenas indicates that his œuvre was produced through and circulated in many different value systems that are not included in the novel or film traditions. By analyzing Greene's international reception through an extensive and non-binary epistemology found in deconstructive historiography and critical feminist sociology, the ambition of the project is partly to make visible the mechanisms behind the homogenization of Greene's œuvre, partly to improve the understanding of interactions between genre, media and value systems in the production and reception of literary works. 


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