Karl Axelsson

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Forskningsprojektet Estetikens århundrade i nytt ljus: estetisk heteronomi från Shaftesbury till Schelling (RJ)

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Jag är forskare i litteraturvetenskap och lektor i estetik (ht-19). Min forskning fokuserar 1700-talets estetiska teori, filosofi och litteraturteori. Jag har varit postdoktoral forskare vid King’s College i Cambridge (2008–2010), Visiting Fellow vid Department of English and Comparative Literature vid Columbia University (2010), samt forskare och lärare i estetik vid Filosofiska institutionen vid Uppsala universitet (2012–2015). 2014 och 2016 var jag Visiting Fellow vid Faculty of English (Research Group for Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies) i Cambridge. Vid Södertörns högskola är jag verksam i RJ-projektet Estetikens århundrade i nytt ljus: estetisk heteronomi från Shaftesbury till Schelling(2017–2020). Jag är medredaktör för den kommande antologin Beyond Autonomy in Eighteenth-Century British and German Aesthetics(Routledge, 2020). Min senaste monografi är Political Aesthetics: Addison and Shaftesbury on Taste, Morals, and Society. För vidare information se: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/political-aesthetics-9781350077751/länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster

Books

  • Beyond Autonomy in Eighteenth-Century British and German Aesthetics (forthcoming, New York: Routledge, 2020), Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Philosophy (co-editors Mattias Pirholt and Camilla Flodin)
  • Political Aesthetics: Addison and Shaftesbury on Taste, Morals, and Society (London: Bloomsbury, 2019)
  • Swedish translation of the third Earl of Shaftesbury, The Moralists, a Philosophical Rhapsody. Being a Recital of Certain Conversations on Natural and Moral Subjects (forthcoming Thales, 2019)
  • The Sublime: Precursors and British Eighteenth-Century Conceptions, diss. Uppsala University (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007)
  • Tystnad Tagning [on the Regional History of Swedish Cinema, 1919–1968] (Torsby: Heidrun, 2000)

Selected Essays and Reviews

  • ”Reassessing the Rise of Aesthetics: Aesthetic Heteronomy from Shaftesbury to Hölderlin,” in Beyond Autonomy in Eighteenth-Century British and German Aesthetics(forthcoming, New York: Routledge, 2020), Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Philosophy (co-written with Mattias Pirholt and Camilla Flodin) [peer reviewed]
  • “Obstinate Origins: Aesthetics and Natural Society”, in Beyond Autonomy in Eighteenth-Century British and German Aesthetics(forthcoming, New York: Routledge, 2020), Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Philosophy [peer reviewed]
  • “Introduction,” to the Swedish translation of the third Earl of Shaftesbury, The Moralists, a Philosophical Rhapsody. Being a Recital of Certain Conversations on Natural and Moral Subjects, ed. and trans. Karl Axelsson (forthcoming, Stockholm: Thales, 2019)
  • “Shaftesbury om poetisk sanning och det naturliga samhället” [Shaftesbury on poetical truth and natural society], Lychnos: An Annual for History of Ideas and Science(Swedish Society for the History of Science and Ideas), 2017, 11–26 [peer reviewed]
  • “Contemplation or Manipulation? Aesthetic Perspectives on Nature and Animals from Shaftesbury to Bio-Art,” International Yearbook of Aesthetics(Santa Cruz, California: International Association for Aesthetics, 2017), 29–41 [peer reviewed]
  • “Shaftesbury på svenska: Moralisterna, Richard Hejll och översättandets konst [Shaftesbury in Swedish: The Moralists, Richard Hejll, and the art of translation], Biblis(National Library of Sweden, Stockholm), no. 76, 2016/2017, 43–47
  • “A Realized Disposition: Shaftesbury on Natural Affections and Taste,” in New Ages, New Opinions: Shaftesbury in his World and Today, ed. Patrick Müller (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2014), 27–44 [peer reviewed]
  • “‘Taste is not to conform to the art, but the art to the taste’: Aesthetic Instrumentalism and the British Body Politic in the Neoclassical Age,” Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, vol. 5, 2013, 16 pp., DOI: 10.3402/jac.v5i0.21096 [peer reviewed]
  • “Shaftesbury auf Deutsch: Estetik, Bildungoch ett intresselöst intresse [Shaftesbury auf Deutsch: Aesthetics, Bildung, and a disinterested interest], Biblis(National Library of Sweden, Stockholm), no. 63, 2013, 62–67
  • “De brittiska moralisterna: Konsten att bilda ett smakomdöme och förnedra en slav” [The British Moralists: The art of forming a judgment of taste and humiliating a slave], Subaltern(Bokförlaget h:ström – Text & Kultur), no. 4, 2012, 60–63
  • Review of Maria Semi’s Music as a Science of Mankind in Eighteenth-Century Britain(Farnham: Ashgate, 2012), Eighteenth-Century Music(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), vol. 10, no. 1, 2013, 16–18
  • Review of Jenny Davidson’s Breeding: A Partial History of the Eighteenth Century(New York: Columbia University Press, 2009), English Studies. A Journal of English Language and Literature(Routledge/Taylor & Francis), vol. 93, no. 4, 2012, 493–495
  • “Mellan känslor och normer: Hume om smakomdömet och kritikern” [Emotions and norms: Hume on the judgment of taste and the critic], in Förnuft, Känsla, Moral: perspektiv på David Hume, ed. Robert Callergård (Stockholm: Thales, 2011), 13–33 [peer reviewed]
  • “The (Un)changing Nature: Judgment of Taste and Bildungin The Tatler,The Spectator, and The Guardianin the Early Eighteenth Century,”Nordic Yearbook for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2011, 72–92 [peer reviewed]
  • “Konst och Moral i 1700-talets Storbritannien” [Art and morals in eighteenth century Britain], Tvärsnitt, Swedish Research Council, no. 3, 2009, 35–38
  • “Joseph Addison and General Education: Moral Didactics in Early Eighteenth Century Britain,” Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, no. 2, 2009, 144–166 [peer reviewed]
  • “Könsspecifika erfarenheter och transpersonen i akademin” [Gender specific experiences and transgender in the academy], Tidningen Kulturen, 16.4.2009
  • “Joseph Addison och The Spectator– Borgerlighetens folkbildare” [Joseph Addison and The Spectator– educators of the middle class], Noesis. Idéhistorisk tidskrift, Stockholm University, no. 4, 2008, 5–13
  • Review of Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology(Oxford: Blackwell, 2008, eds. Steven M. Cahn and Aaron Meskin) and English Literature in Context(Cambridge: CUP, 2008, ed. Paul Poplawski), TFL – Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, no. 2, 2008, 94–98
  • “Kulturindustrin” [The culture industry], Dagens Nyheter, 11.2.2008 (co-author Dr Camilla Flodin, Department of Philosophy, Uppsala University)
  • “Hyllning till osäkerhetens skönhetsvärde,” an essay on Alexander Nehamas’ Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art(Princeton: PUP, 2007), Svenska Dagbladet, 13.7.2007
  • “Höjd över livets medelmåttiga stunder,” an essay on James Kirwan’s Sublimity: The Non-Rational and the Irrational in the History of Aesthetics(New York: Routledge, 2005), Svenska Dagbladet, 28.9.2005
  • “Från idé till fantasi. Om modernitet och modernism” [From idea to imagination: On modernity and modernism], Valör. Konstvetenskapliga studier, Department of Art History, Uppsala University, no. 2–3, 2003, 7–21
  • “Queer på film” [Queer in cinema], Upsala Nya Tidning, 26.10.2001

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