Ulrika Lif

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Teaches Comparative Literature and Creative Writing. Doctoral student at Åbo Academy.

Area of interest

The works of Lars Ahlin
Fiction and Health/Medical Humanities

Current research

The working title of her doctoral thesis is "Att dö in i sin bild. Moderskomplex, mask och sofiamystik hos Lars Ahlin". In dialogue with the previous research in his writings, and related to chosen parts of Dostojevsky’s "The Brothers Karamazov", the study focuses on recurrent, shame-related, motifs in several of the novels of Lars Ahlin, such as a negative mother complex, mask and a transforming experience rooted in the concept of Sophia in the Orthodox Christian tradition. These thematic strands converge into the characteristic Ahlinian vision of equality.

Teaching and tutoring

Mainly Creative Writing.

Other information

Equal Opportunities Representative at the Faculty of Human Sciences

Manuscripts for short films: Vacuum, 2005, and Kulörta lyktor, 2008 (co-author).


Articles in journals

Kristiansen, L. , Lif, U. & Asklund, H. (2017). Experiences on Participation in Literary Activities : Intellectual Stimuli Empower People with Mental Health Problems. Open Journal of Nursing, : 7, pp. 1307-1323.    

Chapters in books

Lif, U. , Asklund, H. & Kristiansen, L. (2016). LIFEHOPE Litteratur – en studie om ”makten att” berätta och berättelsens kraft. In Makten att berätta : om tal och tystnad i tid och rum. Sundsvall : Mid Sweden University (Genusstudier vid Mittuniversitetet). pp. 32-43.