Language and literature at Malmö University is focused on comparative literature, English literature and linguistics, creative writing, comics research, oral history, visual studies, and Language and literature didactics – an educational research field that includes Swedish, Swedish as a second language, and English with a didactic focus.
Language and literature in different contexts
In this research subject, language and literature are phenomena that are interesting in their own rights, but they are also analysed in various historical, social, political, and aesthetical contexts. The subject has a broad and inclusive view of language and literature, which makes it possible to engage with new objects of study (older as well as contemporary). The interdisciplinary approach also results in an ability to develop new theoretical and methodological approaches.
Current research at the School of Arts and Communication, K3, focuses on, among other things, strategies of representation in comics, literary practices within the Swedish unions during the second half of the 20th century, ideophones — also known as expressive and mimetics — which are marked words that depict sensory imagery, the function of intellectuals for Swedish society between 1960-2020, and the functional consequences of composition on comics' narratives.
Culture, language, media and learning
Within this research topic, questions about language development, learning in the media landscape, literature and media reception, language and subject learning and multilingualism are central.
Important elements in the education are studies of children, young people and adults' encounters with and production of texts in different situations, oral as well as written in different media forms.
The conditions for language development are studied in a broader perspective and include the school subjects; Swedish, Swedish as a second language, and English, as well as their use in other school subjects, in higher education and in contexts where learning is not institutionally framed.
Doctoral studies in Language and Literature in Education
Malmö University offers doctoral studies in Language and Literature in Education.
Languages and Literature in Education is a research field within Educational Sciences, which includes Swedish, Swedish as a second language, and English, all with a focus on subject didactics. The main areas of research are language development, learning in the media landscape, literature and media reception, language and subject learning, and multilingualism. Important elements in the doctoral programme are studies of children, young people’s, and adults’ encounters with (and production of) oral and written texts in different situations and various media forms, as well as their opportunities for using their collective linguistic resources as part of language, knowledge and identity development.
The conditions for language development are studied from a broader perspective and include the school subjects of Swedish, Swedish as a second language, and English, as well as the use of these languages in other school subjects, in higher education, and in contexts where learning is not institutionally framed.
The doctoral programme is provided by the Faculty of Education and Society.