Joakim Wrethed

Associate Professor (Docent)

Room: E877
Office hours: By appointment or in relation to teaching.

Joakim Wrethed has hitherto mainly worked in Irish Studies—especially on John Banville—but he also explores the contemporary novel in English more generally without any primary emphasis on national boundaries. Phenomenology, postmodernism, aesthetics and theology are overarching topics of his scholarly work. Some of the more recent publications have been on Irish Literature as World Literature (on Banville, Joyce, Yeats and Beckett), The Postmodern Gothic, John Williams, Tom McCarthy, aesthetics, the anthropocene and the posthuman zeitgeist.

Selected publications

“Cancel Culture and The Trope of the Scapegoat: A Girardian Defence of the Importance of Contemplative Reading.” Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, vol. 29, 2022, Michigan State University Press. [Forthcoming 2022]

“Irish History, Ethics, the Alethic, and Mise En Abîme in John Banville’s Fiction”. HJEAS / Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, Vol. 27, Nr. 2, 2021. [Forthcoming 2021]

“The Oil-Flower Unfurling Its Petals: The Phenomenological Aesthetics of Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island”. C21 Literature: journal of 21st-century writings. [Forthcoming 2021]

“‘Cloud’s red, earth feeling, sky that thinks’: John Banville’s Aesth/ethics” [“Nuvem vermelha, terra sentindo, ceu que pensa”: Est/etica de John Banville] in ABEI - Associação Brasileira de Estudos Irlandeses [ABEI Journal: The Brazilian Journal of Irish Studies]. Special Issue: “Word Upon World: Half a Century of John Banville’s Universes”, Vol. 22, No. 1, June 2020: 183–96.

“Ireland” in Handbook of Anglophone World Literatures, Series: Handbooks of English and American Studies, 13. Stefan Helgesson, Birgit Neumann and Gabriele Rippl (eds.). Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020: 313–32.

“The Postmodern Genre” in Palgrave Gothic: Contemporary Gothic Fiction, Clive Bloom (ed). Palgrave Macmillan UK. Springer International Publishing, 2020: 1123–36.

“John Williams’ Stoner and Literature as Dark Matter in the Age of Educational Managerialism”. HJEAS / Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, Vol. 25, Nr. 1, 2019: 151-60.

“John Banville and Hugo von Hofmannsthal: Language, Mundane Revelation and Profane Sacrality” in John Banville and His Precursors, Stephen Butler, Pietra Palazzolo and Michael Springer (eds). London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019: 146-62.
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“Suffering as the Embodiment of the Sacred in Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s ‘A Letter’ and ‘Tale of the 672nd Night’”. Anthropoetics, XXIV, no. 1, fall 2018. Available at:

Afterword in John Banville, Motivet [trans. of The Book of Evidence]. Stockholm, Modernista, 2017 [Swedish, 5 pages]. ISBN: 9789177810773. 

“ʻWhere danger is, there rescue growsʼ: Technology, Time, and Dromology in Tom McCarthy’s C”. C21 Literature: journal of 21st-century writings, 5(3) 2017, p.3. DOI:

“The Phenomenology of Representation, Ritual, and the Sacred in Tom McCarthy’s Remainder”. Anthropoetics, XXIII, no. 1 Fall 2017. Available at:

“The Invisible Apocalyptic City: The Affectivity of Urbanity, Movement and Desire in William Blake’s ʻLondonʼ, Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis, and Ivan Vladislavić’s The Exploded View”. HJEAS / Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, Vol. 22, Nr. 2, 2016: 305–25.

‘‘‘I am a place’: Aletheia as Aesthetic and Political Resistance in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing.” Journal of Aesthetics & Culture [Online], 7 (2015): n. pag. Web. 13 Jul. 2015.
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“‘A Momentous Nothing’: The Phenomenology of Life, Ekphrasis and Temporality in John Banville’s The Sea” in The Crossings of Art in Ireland, Charles I. Armstrong, Brynhildur Boyce and Ruben Moi (eds). Bern: Peter Lang Publishing, 2014: 183–211.

“No Immanence for Old Men: The Art of Acting in John Banville’s Eclipse and Philip Roth’s The Humbling”. In Nordic Irish Studies Journal, Vol. 11, Nr. 1, 2012: 121–31. [Special Issue: Ireland and the Arts].

“‘Horribly, pleasurable transgression’: Metaphor, Theology and Evil in John Banville’s The Book of Evidence” in Beyond Ireland: Encounters Across Cultures, Hedda Friberg, Gerald Porter, and Joakim Wrethed (eds). Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing, 2011: 217–40.

“The Aesthetics of the Flesh in John Banville’s The Book of Evidence, Eclipse and Shroud”. In Nordic Irish Studies Journal, Vol. 9, 2010: 49–70.

Review of John Banville’s The Infinities. Estudios Irlandeses, Nr. 5, 2010: 201–02.

“The Experiential Motivation of Metaphors: On a Poem by Carol Ann Duffy, Phenomenology, and Cognitive Linguistics”. In Selected Papers from the 2006 and 2007 Stockholm Metaphor Festivals. Nils-Lennart Johannesson and David C. Minugh (eds). Stockholm Studies in English CIII, Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2008: 43–52.

“Chiasm, Epoché, and Synergy: John Banville’s Metaphorical Style in the Art Trilogy”. In Nordic Irish Studies Journal, Vol. 7, 2008: 91–102.

Oases of Air: A Phenomenological Study of John Banville’s Science Tetralogy. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller, 2008. [Dissertation]

“Mnemonic Air in John Banville’s Science Tetralogy” in Recovering Memory: Irish Representations of Past and Present. Hedda Friberg, Irene Gilsenan Nordin, and Lene Yding Pedersen (eds). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007: 280–90.