Assistant Professor

Room: E848
Telephone: +46 (0)8 16 43 03

Adnan Mahmutović (1974) became a refugee of war in 1993 and ended up in Sweden. He worked for a decade with people with brain damage while studying English and philosophy. He has PhD in English literature and MFA in creative writing. He is a lecturer and writer-in-residence at the Department of English, Stockholm University. His stories have dealt with contemporary European history, and the issues of identity and home for Bosnian refugees. His works include Thinner than a Hair (novel), How to Fare Well and Stay Fair (short stories), and Ways of Being Free (literary criticism). 

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Selected publications


Ways of Being Free: Authenticity and Community in Selected Works by Rushdie, Ondaatje, and Okri. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2012.

How to Fare Well and Stay Fair. Salt Publishing, 2012.

Thinner than a Hair. Cinnamon Press, 2010.


Which Side Are You On: Worlds of Grant Morrison. Special issue of ImageText Interdisciplinary Comics Studies, co-edited with Frank Bramlett and Francesco Alesio Ursini. The University of Florida, June 2015. Web, open access.


“Which Side are You On? The Worlds of Grant Morrison.” Co-written with Francesco-Alessio Ursini and Frank Bramlett. ImageText, June 2015.

Ecce Morrison’s Animot­ – Or, The Animal Man That Therefore I am.” Co-written with David Coughlan and Stephen Blake Ervin. ImageText, June 2015.

“Narratological Approach to ‘The Seven Ravens.’” (textbook article, edited by Dr Carmen Font, Dr David Owen, and Dr Laura Gimeno at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Forthcoming in 2016)

“Halal History and Existential Meaning in Salman Rushdie’s Early Fiction.” Textual Layering: Contact, Historicity, Critique. Lexington Books, 2015. (forthcoming)

“Revolution Revisited: Politics of Dreaming in Ben Okri’s The Famished Road.” Ben Okri’s Imaginary Homelands, ed Vanessa Guignery, Cambridge Scholarly Publishing, 2013.

“The Nomadic Home in Tabish Khair’s Filming.” Tabish Khair: A Critical Companion, ed Om Prakash Dwivedi, Roman Books, 2013.

Midnight’s Children: From Communalism to Community.” Transnational Literature, 4:2, Spring 2012.

“History as the Road of Existential Struggle in The Famished Road.” The Journal of Postcolonial Cultures and Societies, 2:2, 2010.

“History and the Nervous Condition in The English Patient.” The Journal of Contemporary Literature, 1:1, 2009.

“The Question of the Uncanny in ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’.” The Coleridge Bulletin, Summer 2007.


“Bland människor och andar.” An introduction to the new Swedish translation of Okri’s The Famished Road. Modernista, 2015.

“Why I’ve Fallen for Kamala Khan and Why Should You.” Inktank, 2015.

“Vi är Zlatan.” Ryeberg Magazine April 2014.