Jenny Bergenmar


Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Jenny Bergenmar

Professor, Comparative Literature


Research interests:

  • Digital humanities
  • Critical disability studies
  • Reception history
  • Nineteenth Century and early Twentieth Century
  • Literature instruction

Ongoing projects:

2019–. QUEERLIT. Metadata Development and Searchability for LGBTQI Literature. The purpose of the project is to create a database of Swedish LGBTQI literature, and to develop the indexation of LGBTQI literature, serving to enable further research within the field.

The project is funded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond 2021-2024:

2020–. Disability in Contemporary Nordic Literary Fiction. The purpose of this project is to explore a hitherto neglected aspect of contemporary Nordic prose fiction: the role of disability. By departing from the concept “vulnerability”, the project will not exclusively focus on texts explicitly “about” disability, but instead study the societal norms and conditions that produce disability. The texts will be read in the context of the Nordic welfare states.

Previous projects:

2018 Remembering Selma Lagerlöf, funded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond (projektledare). This citizen humanities project collected letters to the public from Selma Lagerlöf as a continuation of the project The Public’s Letters to Selma Lagerlöf 1890-1940.

2014-2016 Swedish Women's Writing on Export in the 19th Century, funded by The Swedish Research Council. The project sought to re-evaluate the historical material connected to certain authorships and texts without restricting it to national histories or literary canons, in order to shed light on on women’s importance as cultural mediators across borders. The results were published in this volume: Swedish Women’s Writing on Export. Tracing Transnational Reception in the Nineteenth Century.

2008–2013, The Public’s Letters to Selma Lagerlöf 1890-1940, funded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond. This history of reading project explored the thousands of letters from the public that were sent to Selam Lagerlöf during her literary career.

2008–2012, The Selma Lagerlöf Archive, a digital critical edition and digitization project now available at the Swedish Literature Bank.

2012 Narrating Autism, funded by Anna Ahrenberg’s fund. This project explored texts about and by people with autism spectrum disorder within a Critical Disability Studies framework.


Birger Karlsson’s scientific prize 2020

Program coordinator for Digital humanities Master programme 2015-2017.

Member of Managament Committee COST-action ISO901, Women Writers in History: Toward a New Understanding of European Literary Culture, 2010-2013.

Head of teacher training education at the Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion, 2013– 2014.