Erik Falk

Senior researcher since February 2018

Subject areas:
East African literature, African book markets, circulation of literature, postcolonial literature, world literature, literary theory
Geographical areas:
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
Language skills:
Swedish, English
+46 (0)18 471 52 57
+46 70 167 96 57

Research project

World literature: Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics

Academic background

PhD English, Karlstad University, 2007

Teacher degree diploma, Stockholm University, 2001

MA, English, Stockholm University 1998


Book chapters

 ”Introduction to Transculturation: Concepts, contexts, and Comitments”, Transculturation and Aesthetics: Ambivalence, Power and Literature, ed. Joel Kuortti, Rodopi Press 2015 

  “Transculturation, postcolonial literature, and the global literary market: the case of Yvonne Vera’s American literary career", Transculturation and Aesthetics: Ambivalence, Power and Literature, ed. Joel Kuortti, Rodopi Press 2015

 ”Habitable space: urbanity and becoming in Vera’s Butterfly Burning and The Stone Virgins,” Emerging Perspectives on Yvonne Vera, eds. Helen Cousins and Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo, Africa World Press 2012

  ”To Say Profitably: Dabydeen’s Exoticist Aesthetic”, Talking Words: New Essays on the Work of David Dabydeen, ed. Lynne Macedo, UWI Press 2011

  “How to Really Forget: David Dabydeen’s Creative Amnesia,” in Readings of the Particular: The Postcolonial in the Postnational, Rodopi Press, 2007

  “Narrative and time in Don DeLillo’s The Body Artist,” in Berätta för att förstå? Karlstad: Karlstad University Press, 2006


  “Translating modernity: Charles Mungoshi’s modernist aesthetic space,” special issue of Transnational Literature, ed. Jena Habegger-Conti, 1.4, 2011

  “Postcolonial Literature in the Marketplace: A Few Thoughts on Political and Aesthetic Value in the Field.”Linköping: Linköping UP, 2009 

▪ ”Epifanins plats: om plats och epifani i Tomas Tranströmers Östersjöar” (in Swedish)Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap 2, 2001

▪ “’Who ever heard of a solid chimney?’: Melvilles skorsten och den allegoriska läsningen,” (in Swedish) Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap 3-4, 2000


 Kevin Cahill och Lene Johannessen, red, Considering Class: Essays on the Discourse of the American Dream, American Studies in Scandinavia 41.1, 2009

 Robert Muponde and Ranka Primorac, Versions of Zimbabwe: New Approaches to Literature and Culture, Scrutiny2 12.1, 2007

 Michael Titlestad, Making the Changes: Jazz in South African Literature and Reportage, English in Africa 33.1, 2006

 Sara Mills, Gender and Colonial Space, Scrutiny2 11.1, 2006


In addition, Erik regularly contributes to Swedish popular literary magazines like Karavan and Med andra ord

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