Dr Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson teaches twentieth-century and contemporary literature. He currently teaches the modules Children’s Fiction, Multiculturalism, and Approaches to Reading: Criticism. He is also Erasmus Coordinator in the School of English.
Jackson’s research is in the area of Comparative Literature, and he specialises in the relations between English and Scandinavian literature. His work is strongly informed by literary theory, especially deconstruction and psychoanalysis.
D.Phil English Literature, University of Sussex
MA in English Literature: Critical Theory, University of Sussex
BA (Hons) Communication Studies, Coventry University
Jackson is a strong believer in the importance of Comparative and World Literature, and his research expertise in English and Scandinavian literature reflects his background as a bilingual of Britain and Norway.
Jackson works with colleagues and PhD students in several UK universities to further the study of literature across national, cultural and linguistic boundaries. He is a founding member, and currently Secretary, of The Northern Comparative Literature Network @Northern.Comp.Lit.
He is the author of Troubling Legacies: Migration, Modernism and Fascism in the Case of Knut Hamsun (Continuum 2010) and a number of journal articles and book chapters on English and Scandinavian literature. His work is strongly informed by deconstruction and psychoanalysis, especially the works of Jacques Derrida and Sigmund Freud.
Jackson is currently working on three separate research projects in Anglo-Scandinavian comparative literature:
- Autobiographical form in J.M. Coetzee and Karl Ove Knausgaard.
- George Egerton and Scandinavia: Influence, Translation and Reception.
- English canonical literature in Norwegian: John Milton, translation and cultural reception.
Dr Jackson welcomes PhD proposals in modernist, twentieth century, and contemporary literature. Informal correspondence about PhD proposals is also welcome.
Please note: All Peter Jackson’s research is published under the name Peter Sjølyst-Jackson.
Troubling Legacies: Migration, Modernism and Fascism in the Case of Knut Hamsun. London and New York: Continuum, 2010. Paperback edition published in October 2011.
‘Modernism’s Foreign Bodies: Strindberg and Hamsun’, Modernist Cultures Vol. 8, No. 2 (2013), pp. 232–251 (Edinburgh University Press).
‘Treacherous Testimony: The Work of Fiction in the Case of Knut Hamsun’, Southern Review: Communication, Politics & Culture, Vol. 40, No. 3 (2008), pp. 84-97.
‘“Ut i det åpne, store”: Om ytre og indre grenser i Min kamp’ [‘Out into the open, vastness’: Internal and external boundaries of My Struggle], in Claus Elholm Andersen (ed.), Så tæt på livet som muligt. Perspektiver på Karl Ove Knausgårds Min kamp. (Copenhagen and Oslo: Spring / Alvheim Eide, 2017)
‘Reframing History: Fiction and Testimony in Roy Jacobsen’s The Loggers’, in Margaret-Anne Hutton, Michael Gratzke and Claire Whitehead (eds.), Readings in Twenty-First-Century Literatures (Oxford and New York: Peter Lang, 2013).
‘“This meaningless, unarticulated sound”: Laughter in Mysteries and Pan’, in Ellen Rees, Ylva Frøjd, Elisabeth Oxfeldt and Ståle Dingstad (eds.), Knut Hamsun: Transgression and Worlding (Trondheim: Tapir, 2011).
‘“Kristiania, that strange city”: Location and dislocation in Knut Hamsun’s Hunger (1890)’, in Joan Fitzpatrick (ed.), The Idea of the City: Early Modern, Modern, and Postmodern Locations and Communities. (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009).
‘Remembered/replayed: the nation and male subjectivity in the Second World War films Ni Liv (Norway) and The Cruel Sea (Britain)’, in T.G. Ashplant, Graham Dawson and Michael Roper (eds.), The Politics of War Memory and Commemoration. London: Routledge, 2000, pp. 165-181. [Collection republished as Commemorating War: The Politics of Memory, New Brunswick (USA) and London (UK): Transaction Publishers, 2004.]
‘“Et mærkeligt lidet Sammenstød”. Kjønn og modernisme i møtet mellom Knut Hamsun og George Egerton’, in Even Arntzen, Nils M. Knutsen and Henning H. Wærp (eds.), Den 5. internasjonale Hamsun-konferanse i Tromsø 15. og 16. september 2011 (Tromsø: Hamsun-Selskapet, 2011).
‘Latteren i Pan, Victoria og samtidspressen’, in Even Arntzen og Nils M. Knutsen (red.), Hamsun, kjønn og media: foredrag fra Hamsun-dagene på Hamarøy 2010. Tromsø: Hamsun-Selskapet, 2010.
‘Postcolonial Futures’, new formations, 66, 2009, pp. 173-9. Review Essay, on Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Other Asias (Blackwell, 2008); and Judith Butler and G. C. Spivak, Who Sings the Nation-State? Language, Identity, Belonging. London, New York & Calcutta: Seagull, 2007.
‘A Transcultural Modernity?’, new formations, 62, 2007, pp. 117-23. Review Essay, on Toril Moi, Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006; Sverre Lyngstad, Knut Hamsun, Novelist: A Critical Assessment (New York: Peter Lang, 2005); and Ellen Rees, On the Margins: Nordic Women Modernists of the 1930s. Norwich: Norvik, 2005.
‘Resistance Incarnate: On Rancière’, in new formations, 57, 2005/6, pp. 164-8. Review Essay, on Jacques Rancière: The Politics of Aesthetics: The Distribution of the Sensible. London and New York, Continuum, 2004; and The Flesh of Words: The Politics of Writing. Stanford, CA, Stanford University Press, 2004.
Short Book Reviews
Review of Ingar Sletten Kolloen, Knut Hamsun: Dreamer and Dissenter. tr. Deborah Dawkin and Erik Skuggevik (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), in The Modern Language Review, Vol. 104, No. 1, pp. 300-301.
Review of Sverre Lyngstad’s new translation of Knut Hamsun, Growth of the Soil (Penguin Classics, 2007), in Modern Language Review, Vol. 104, No. 1, 2009, pp. 300-301.
Review of Jonathan Rutherford’s Forever England: Reflections on Masculinity and Empire (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1997), in Gender, Place and Culture, Vol. 8, No. 3, 2002, pp. 415-16.