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Matilda Amundsen Bergström


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

About Matilda Amundsen Bergström

I am a postdoc in comparative literature. My position is financed by Vetenskapsrådet, and I spend a lot of time as guest researcher in philosophy at the University of Copenhagen. In my current project "A Happy Life. Women's Moral Philosophy in 17th- and 18th-Century Scandinavia" I explore how ten women intellectuals debated and discussed happiness and the meaning of a good life. I read philosophical tracts, poems, hymns, journals and novels in an attempt to call attention to women's role in the moral philosophy of the period.

I defended my thesis As a Sappho. Three Early Modern Authors and their Strategies of Publication, Self-Presentation and Rhetoric at the University of Gothenburg in 2019. My thesis is focused on the poets Louise Labé, Katherine Philips and Hedvig Carlotta Nordenflycht, and I study how they all presented themselves and were presented as heiresses of Sappho. My primary research interest is early modern women poets and philosophers, and I am especially interested in ethics, rhetoric and issues of authority.

I am a member of the early modern seminar at the University of Gothenburg, and one of the founders of Philosophy in Other Words. Research Network on Early Modern Women and Philosophy (POW).