Current research interests centre on translation and reception studies, particularly with reference to the literary cross-currents between Scandinavia and Britain. In this area he has published on topics such as the impact of Macpherson’s Ossian in Sweden, the nineteenth century perception of Scandinavian literature in Britain, on the translations of Robert Burns in Swedish and on the reception of Selma Lagerlöf and Knut Hamsun in Britain. He has an earlier but still active research interest in the Swedish working-class writers of the 1930s.
He is also active as a literary translator, having translated and published many Swedish short stories and literary extracts and some poetry, as well as travel books by Linnaeus and Wallenberg and novels by Strindberg. In 1997 he was awarded First Prize in the European Philosophical Dialogues Competition (Translation Category) and he has served on the jury for a number of translation prizes.
This article was published on Oct 30, 2012