Associate Professor

Room: E875
Telephone: +46 (0)8 16 36 14

frida.beckman@english.su.se

I received my PhD from the Department of English at Uppsala University in 2009. I have since then worked as a researcher and guest lecturer at that department, as a guest lecturer at the Department of English at Stockholm University and, most recently, held a postdoc position at the Department of Thematic Studies at Linköping University. I started as a Researcher at the Department of English at Stockholm University in 2014 and am now an Associate Professor at the department.  

In my doctoral dissertation, Reconfiguring Subjectivity: Experimental Narrative and Deleuzean Immanence, I explore ways of thinking about subjectivity in constructive rather than deconstructive terms in postmodern literature, film, and graphic fiction employing a Deleuzian understanding of concepts such as repetition, univocity, and the event to identify means of discussing subjectivity beyond fragmentation. 

My postdoc project, “Forms and Functions of Sexuality in Contemporary Culture,” was funded by The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and focused on ways of understanding sexuality and sexual pleasure through contemporary cultural expression using mainly a Deleuzian framework. The key publications emerging from this project was my edited collection Deleuze and Sex (2011) and the monograph Between Desire and Pleasure: A Deleuzian Theory of Sexuality (2013). 

My current project, “In and Out of Control: Cultural Critique in the Contemporary West,” is also funded by The Swedish Research Council and explores how the cultural arena, as a sphere where political structures and values have been reflected, conveyed and questioned, is implicated in contemporary political structures. Taking on the current crisis in critique, in which critics such as Antonio Negri, Jean Baudrillard, and Bruno Latour in different ways suggest that older modes of cultural critique, such as for example the classic critical theory of Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer and the Frankfurt School, no longer suffice to analyze the interrelation between culture and capitalism, I look at contemporary mainstream literature and cinema in an attempt to identify modes of cultural critique that respond to what is often called control society. This project is linked to the international research group “The Society for the Study of Biopolitical Futures” which brings together scholars from the U.S., Europe and Australia to analyze the nature and conditions of biopolitics today. 

I am principal investigator of an international network entitled “Cultures of Control,” which is affiliated with this U.S. based Society mentioned above as well as with the “Histories of Violence” project in the U.K. The network has received funding from The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond) for Dialogues on Cultures of Control which is bringing a number of scholars to Stockholm University for open dialogues as well as closed workshops over the next few years. I was also site chair for the SLSAeu (European Society of Literature, Science and the Arts) conference on the topic “Control," which took place in Stockholm in June 2016. Some of the published results of the “In and Out of Control" project, include the monograph Culture Control Critique: Allegories of Reading the Present (2016) and I am currently working on an edited collection on cultural processes in control society.

I’m currently in the process of starting up a new research project on paranoid fiction. This project, which will focus particularly on post-60s U.S fiction, includes literature written by authors such as that by Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Philip K. Dick, Joan Didion, and many others. 

As the above indicates, my research interests include contemporary Anglo-American literature and cinema, the work of Deleuze and Guattari, as well as a broad spectrum of cultural- and critical theory. Recurring topics throughout my research include sexuality and gender, narrative structures, temporality, politics, and the relation between visual and verbal representation. I have published on, or am currently working on, literary texts such as the work of Kathy Acker, J.G. Ballard, and Don DeLillo, the graphic fiction novels Kabuki by David Mack, films by David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino, and the TV-series such as Carnivàle. My interests, however, are not exclusively with contemporary fiction as I have also published on earlier literature such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s Venus in Fur as well as included analyses of authors such as Antonin Artaud, D.H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, and Anaïs Nin in my work.

 

Selected publications

Books

Gilles Deleuze: A Critical Life. London: Reaktion Books, forthcoming 2017.

Culture Control Critique: Allegories of Reading the Present. London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016.

Between Desire and Pleasure: A Deleuzian Theory of Sexuality. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013.

Deleuze and Sex. (Ed.) Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011.

Journal Issues

“Shadows of Cruelty: Sadism, Masochism & the Philosophical Muse. Part 2.” Special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 15.1, 2010. (Co-edited with Charlie Blake.)

“Shadows of Cruelty: Sadism, Masochism & the Philosophical Muse. Part 1.” Special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 14:3, 2009. (Co-edited with Charlie Blake.)

Articles and Book chapters

“Cartographies of ambivalence: allegory and cognitive mapping in Don DeLillo’s later novels.” Textual Practice, forthcoming.

“Posthumanism and Narrativity: Beginning again with Arendt, Derrida, and Deleuze,” Inhuman Rites and Posthumous Life, Eds. Claire Colebrook and Jami Weinstein, New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming.

“Ecological Poetics: Nature, Animals, and Literary Tropes in the Works of J.G. Ballard,” Animalities: Literary and Cultural Studies Beyond the Human Ed. Michael Lundblad, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming.

“Ambivalent Screens: Quentin Tarantino and the Power of Vision,” Film-Philosophy. Vol 19. 2015.

“Becoming Pawn: Alice, Arendt and the New in Narrative.” Journal of Narrative Theory. 44:1, 2014.

“Chronopolitics: Space, Time and Revolution in the Later Novels of J.G. Ballard,” Symploke 21.1-2, 2013.

“From Irony to Narrative Crisis: Reconsidering the Femme Fatale in the Films of David Lynch.” Cinema Journal. 52:1, 2012.

“Hearing Voices: Schizoanalysis and the Voice as Image in the Cinema of David Lynch,” Psychoanalyzing Cinema: A Productive Encounter of Lacan, Deleuze, and Žižek, Ed. Jan Jagodzinski, Palgrave, 2012.

“Freaks of Time: Revaluating Memory and Identity through Daniel Knauf’s Carnivále.” In Time in Television Narrative:  Exploring Temporality in 21st Century Programming. Ed. Melissa Ames. Mississippi: University of Mississippi Press, 2012.

“What is Sex? An Introduction to the Sexual Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze.” Deleuze and Sex. Ed. Frida Beckman. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011.

“The Theater of History: Carnivàle, Deleuze, and the Possibility of New Beginnings.” SubStance, 125, 40:2, 2011.

“Good Girl Art: Facing Images of Women in David Mack’s Kabuki.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 3:1, 2011.

“Tensions in Deleuzian Desire: Critical and Clinical Reflections on Female Masochism.” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 15.1, 2010.

“Visions of Cruelty: Sexuality, Gender, and Inscriptions of Self.” (co-authored with Charlie Blake) Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 15.1, 2010.

“The Idiocy of the Event: Between Antonin Artaud, Kathy Acker and Gilles Deleuze.” Deleuze Studies 3:1, 2009.