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Jacob Carlson

Senior Lecturer

Department of Languages &
+46 31-786 19 33
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41256 Göteborg
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Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Jacob Carlson


In the 1990s and early 2000s, I studied Practical Philosophy, Swedish, Comparative Literature, French, and Pedagogy at the University of Gothenburg. My French studies also brought me to the University of Perpignan, where I spent one year as an Erasmus student. For some time, I also worked as a Swedish teacher for newly arrived immigrant secondary school students in the Gothenburg district of Bergsjön. In 2004, I obtained the degree of upper secondary school teacher of Swedish and French, and a Master’s degree in French. In the same year, I was accepted as a PhD student in French. In May 2011, I successfully defended my doctoral thesis La Poétique de Houellebecq : réalisme, satire, mythe, thereby obtaining the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.


As a PhD student, I worked as a part-time fixed-term lecturer, especially on preparatory university courses in French, but also taught pronunciation, and text and translation at the introductory level (second part), and literary history at the intermediate level.

Having obtained my doctoral degree, I worked for two semesters as a lecturer in French at Dalarna University, where I was responsible for courses in grammar and language didactics.

I currently work as a lecturer in French at the University of Gothenburg. My responsibilities include coordination of French: introductory level (second part, net/distance), supervision of bachelor dissertations, teaching of grammar, translation, phonetics and pronunciation at the introductory level (second part), and lecturing on text courses (fictional as well as non-fictional texts) at the introductory and intermediate level.


My doctoral thesis is a study of Michel Houellebecq’s poetics of the novel with a special focus on the concepts of realism and satire, and on the novelist’s revisiting of some classical myths of Western culture. On a thematic level, the thesis also deals with the metaphysical and religious views expressed in Houellebecq’s novels and the relation of these ideas to a number of central, structuring metaphors. In addition to what is dealt with in my doctoral thesis, I have also studied the autobiographical (or autofictional) elements in Houellebecq’s writings.