Svend Erik Larsen

Professor Emeritus

Svend Erik Larsen

Research interests:

In my early career I have worked with language philosophy and semiotics in particular. Hence, many of my publications focus on the study of sign systems by which we generate and express culture and
consciousness. This topic has been presented in Fortælleteori (1975) and Sémiologie littéraire (1984), an extended translation of my book Litterær semiology (1975). The most comprehensive result in this field is my dissertation on the work of the Danish linguist Viggo Brøndal. An English translation of Tegn
i brug
(1994) is published with Routledge in 2002 under the title Signs in Use and in Croatian as Uvod
u Semiotiku
 in 2000. A translation into Chinese is scheduled for 2017.  Another research domain is literature and culture in the modern city. Over the last 200 years the metropolis has embraced more and more aspects of the arts and of the everyday experience for a growing number of humans, including those who live far beyond the last stop of the bus. Literature gives shape to the imaginations we as humans create on urban conditions and thereby integrates the open and flexible urban reality and its global effects in an aesthetic and communicative context that allows us to grasp it, both in a historical and a contemporary perspective. In this field I
have written on Honoré de Balzac among others in I byen med Balzac, published by Odense University Press in 2002. A third field of interest is the role of literature in the shaping of the fundamental ideas by which we, in different ways throughout history, interpret our individual and collective lives, for example nature, solitude, memory, personal formation or Bildung. On these topics I have published in Danish the books Naturen er ligeglad with Rosinante in 1996 and Mutters alene with Gads Forlag in 2002. The idea of personal formation has been instrumental for my engagement in the reform of the Danish high school system. My latest and fourth research field is globalization and literature under the
headline World Literature. A textbook on literary historiography, composed together with Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, appeared with Aarhus University Press in 2005. In 2007 I published Tekster
uden grænser. Litteratur og globalisering
with Aarhus University Press which will appear in English and in Chinese translations in 2017. A co-authored literary history for high schools, litteraturDK, viewing literature in Denmark in a globalizaed perspective, appeared with Lindhardt & Ringhof in 2009. Current book project, also within the field of globalized culture
and world literature, is a book in English on literature and forgiveness as a cultural challenge.   - The link Further Information shows an extended cv and my complete bibliograhy.

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