Born 1946. Married to Kristina Wallander since 1974; two children: Mats Petter (born 1975) and Kerstin (born 1980).
Domicile: Gröna Gatan 37, SE-414 54 Gothenburg
Home telephone: +46 31 16 21 83.
Emeritus Professor of Swedish and Comparative Literature. Secreterary-General of the International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM). Member of the International Comparative Literature Association's Executive Board and of its Coordinating Committee for Comparative History of Literature in European Languages. Fellow of the Stockholm Collegium of World Literary History. Member of Kungl. Skytteanska samfundet.
Main research interests: fundamental literary theory, transcultural literary history. Publications in English include three monographs, A Theory of Literary Discourse (Lund U.P. and Chartwell-Bratt, 1990), Verbal Art: A Philosophy of Literature and Literary Experience (McGill-Queen's U.P., 2000), and The Concept of Literary Application: Readers' Analogies from Text to Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), as well as three edited collections: Types of Interpretation in the Aesthetic Disciplines (McGill-Queen's U.P., 2003; with Staffan Carlshamre), From Text to Literature: New Analytic and Pragmatic Approaches (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005; with Stein Haugom Olsen), and Notions of Literature across Times and Cultures (Walter de Gruyter, 2006). Currently working on a theoretical monograph, The Idea of a Text and the Nature of Interpretation and engaged in writing and editing for a world history of literature on new principles, Literature: A World History, projected by a global network.