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Catharina Hellberg

  • Subject: English literature


I’ve been working as an upper secondary teacher in English and French in the community of Tranemo since 1995. I completed my upper secondary teaching degree in 1994 and am certified to teach at this level in English and French. I studied English and French at the University of Gothenburg from 1984 to 1993, and also initiated my doctoral studies in English during this period. In autumn 2014 I returned to the doctoral programme at the University of Gothenburg.

I have resided abroad for large parts of my life. I was born and spent my early years in Tanzania, and then moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where I attended the English section of the International School of Geneva and earned an International Baccalaureate degree. Before moving to Gothenburg in the winter of 1981, I studied psychology for one year at the Piaget Institute, University of Geneva.

Research project

An argumentation for the analogy between the basic tenets of Julia Kristeva’s psychoanalytic theory of the ‘subject in process’ and the theoretical platform exhibited in Thomas Hardy’s fiction and the relevance of applying a Kristevan theoretical framework to analyse his texts.

Project Description

Proceeding from the principle of intertextuality held by Julia Kristeva as a transposition of texts, I aim at illustrating the manner in which her theory of the subject in process, of the signifying process, of the social constraints obliterating the essential truth of the split subject and of poetic language and artistic practice as bearers of this essential truth, compares well with the view of life which characterizes Thomas Hardy’s novels. In an analysis of three of Thomas Hardy’s early novels, I draw parallels between the theoretical framework detectable in them and the tenets of Julia Kristeva, with the purpose of illustrating how the novels through their intertext communicate a sense of Hardy’s view of life, of the subject, of society and artistic practice as it is revealed in the quotations of his notebooks.

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