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  • 1. Olsen, Stein Haugom
    et al.
    Pettersson, AndersUmeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    From Text to Literature: New Analytic and Pragmatic Approaches2005Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
  • 2. Olsen, Stein Haugom
    et al.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Introduction2005In: From Text to Literature: New Analytic and Pragmatic Approaches / [ed] Stein Haugom Olsen and Anders Pettersson, BASINGSTOKE: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, p. 1-+Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    A Revisionary View of Texts, Textual Meaning, and Fictional Characters2017In: Organon F, ISSN 1335-0668, Vol. 24, no 3, p. 366-383Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Using ideas from John Searle, Roy Harris, Michael Reddy, and Nelson Goodman, I argue that texts, such as they are commonly conceived, lack brute existence. The common idea of texts is a conceptual construction which is useful in practical everyday contexts but not in serious theorizing, where it creates illusions and contradictions. One of these illusions is the idea of an objective textual" meaning, a meaning which is "in the text": what we actually have in the way of textual meaning are the ideas of various persons authors, readers, and commentators - about the meaning of the text. When applied to fictional characters, this way of viewing things explains why it makes sense to regard fictional characters as being created and as lacking brute existence.

  • 4.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Analogier från litteratur till verklighet2005In: Det öppna rummet: festskrift till Merete Mazzarella den 4 februari 2005, Helsingfors: Söderström Förlag Ab, 2005, p. 157-167Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Analogitänkande och litteraturens kognitiva betydelse2008In: Filosofisk tidskrift, ISSN 0348-7482, Vol. 29, no 3, p. 34-45Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Analogitänkande som centralt för utbytet av litteratur2009In: Litteratur som livskunskap: tvärvetenskapliga perspektiv på personlighetsutvecklande läsning, Borås och Uppsala: Högskolan i Borås; Uppsala universitet , 2009, p. 27-30Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Analogizing: The Literary Relevance of Holyoak and Thagard's Mental Leaps2004Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 8.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages. Litteraturvetenskap.
    Analogizing: The Literary Relevance of Holyoak and Thagard's Mental Leaps2006In: Nordisk estetisk tidskrift / Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, ISSN 0284--7698, no 33--34, p. 118-Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    "Barbaric Yawp" in Swedish2013In: Rocznik Komparatystyczny / Comparative Yearbook, ISSN 2081-8718, Vol. 4, p. 265-272Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Beckett's Embers and the metaphoricity of critical dicourse2016In: Chaos & form: echoes of Beckett in literature & the arts / [ed] Tomáš Koblížek och Petr Koťátko, Prag: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Filozofická Fakulta , 2016, p. 180-201Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Betydelse i litteratur: Roy Harris' språkteori och Emily Dickinsons "I heard a fly buzz when I died"2015In: "Någonstädes mellan sol och söder, mellan nord och natt": Interdisciplinära studier tillägnade professor Torsten Pettersson / [ed] Jenny Björklund, Stockholm: Gidlunds förlag, 2015, p. 243-257Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Can texts be read?: the anatomy of a paradox2015In: Organon F, ISSN 1335-0668, Vol. 22, p. 118-132Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    According to standard philosophical analyses of the ontology of texts, texts are abstract objects. However, that analysis has the paradoxical consequence that texts cannot be read: one cannot read something that lacks material existence. The essay resolves the paradox by introducing a distinction between the ordinary conception of a text-the supposed object of the philosophical analysis of the concept of a text-and the philosophical conception of a text, the end-product of that analysis. It is demonstrated by means of examples that a text as ordinarily conceived is at once physical and immaterial (and so can certainly be read, because of its physical side), and at once one and many, while the philosopher, uninterested in the actual, obviously illogical character of the ordinary conception of a text, turns the text into one abstract object by fiat-an object which cannot, of course, be read. It is argued that the ordinary concept of a text is handy in practical contexts precisely because it ignores troublesome distinctions, while the philosophical concept of a text serves no genuine purpose, since the theoretical understanding of verbal communication requires a partly different intellectual framework

  • 13.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Comparative literature in Sweden2017In: Revista Brasileira de Literatura Comparada, ISSN 0103-6963, Vol. 18, no 30, p. 32-39Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The article offers an overview of comparative literary studies in Sweden from the nineteenth century till now.

  • 14.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Conclusion: A Pragmatic Perspective on Genres and Theories of Genre2006In: Literary Genres: An Intercultural Approach, Vol 2 / [ed] Gunilla Lindberg-Wada, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2006Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Describing Other Literary Cultures2004Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Describing Other Literary Cultures2005In: Neohelicon, ISSN 0324-4652, Vol. 32, no 2, p. 327-334Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Det problematiska med föreställningen om den litterära texten2013In: "Det universella och det individuella": festskrift till Eva Haettner Aurelius / [ed] Kerstin Bergman, Jon Helgason, Immi Lundin, Astrid Regnell, Ann Steiner, Göteborg och Stockholm: Makadam Förlag, 2013, p. 251-258Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Diogène 229-230: Les sciences humaines aujourd'hui2010Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Gunnar Ekelöf's: Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature2004In: Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, no 50Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 20.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts.
    How Literature Changes the Way We Think2012In: Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews: An Electronic Journal, ISSN 1538-1617Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Implied Assertions in Literature and Readers' Analogical Thinking2005Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 22.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Interpretive Aims and the Concept of Utterance Meaning2004Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 23.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University.
    Introduction: Concepts of Literature and Transcultural Literary History2006In: Notions of Literature across Times and Cultures, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin , 2006, p. 1-Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Language, Truth, and Literature: A Defence of Literary Humanism2016In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY, ISSN 0966-8373, Vol. 24, no 3, p. 725-729Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Linguistic and Psychological Mechanisms behind Literary Fiction2014In: True Lies Worldwide: Fictionality in Global Contexts / [ed] Anders Cullhed and Lena Rydholm, Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 2014, p. 83-93Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 26.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Literary Experience, Paraphrase, and the Idea of a Text2007Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In my paper, I will revisit the problem of paraphrase described by Cleanth Brooks in “The Heresy of Paraphrase” (1947). A poem by the Swedish author Tomas Tranströmer (b. 1931), “Fire-Jottings” (“Eldklotter”, 1983) will be used for exemplification. I intend to stress that literary texts are meant to be read and experienced. Properties of a kind usually called formal affect the reader’s experience significantly. In the course of my argument, I will give a concise analysis of the form of the Tranströmer poem and make some observations about possible effects of the formal qualities. A literary text can be conceived of as a potential source of literary experiences. Every change in the text, for instance its replacement with a paraphrase, will inevitably alter some of its properties and hence, potentially, its effects on a reader. Although paraphrases of literary texts can have legitimate uses there is, consequently, an important sense in which literary texts cannot be paraphrased. For obvious reasons, it is also impossible to equate a literary experience with a paraphrase of it. One may question whether it is justified to push literary experience into the foreground as resolutely as I do. Does not the impossibility of literary paraphrase have to do, rather, with the inexhaustibility of the literary text itself? I will meet objections in this vein by relativizing the very idea of a text, such as it is ordinarily conceived, as resting on a metaphoric basis, and by explaining why the question of paraphrase is best addressed without the help of that metaphor.

  • 27.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Literary History and the Concept of Literature2004Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Literary history: towards a global perspective, Vol. 1 Notions of literature across times and cultures2006Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
  • 29.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Literary Representation and Reference: Söderberg's Stockholm as an Example2005Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 30.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Literary studies and human priorities2011In: Why literary studies?: raisons d'être of a discipline / [ed] Stein Haugom Olsen and Anders Pettersson, Oslo: Novus Forlag, 2011, p. 29-59Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 31.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Literary Studies and Human Priorities2007Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University.
    Literature as Enriching Our Perspectives on Reality2007Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 33.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Litteratur, kunskap och läsares analogitänkande2005In: Perspectives on aesthetics, art and culture: essays in Honour of Lars-Olof Åhlberg / [ed] Claes Entzenberg and Simo Säätela, Stockholm: Thales, 2005, p. 258-272Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 34.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Meaning in literature2010In: Neohelicon, ISSN 0324-4652, E-ISSN 1588-2810, Vol. 37, no 2, p. 433-439Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The concept of meaning is often treated as if it were a unitary concept, also when it is used about literature. Yet literary meaning is not all of a kind, and hence one cannot generalize about its overall characteristics. What is commonly called meaning in literature comprises a number of separate phenomena. A simple distinction between linguistic meaning, applicatory meaning, and critical meaning is introduced with the help of a literary example, Edith Södergran’s poem “My Childhood Trees” (“Min barndoms träd”, 1922). The dangers of treating literary meaning as a homogeneous phenomenon are then illustrated by considering the standpoints of two theorists: Jonathan Culler, who describes literary meaning as indeterminate, and Robert Stecker, who portrays it as determinate. In reality, linguistic meaning will have to be understood as being determinate, applicatory meaning as indeterminate, and critical meaning, existing in many varieties, as sometimes the one, sometimes the other. Problems analogous to those besetting the concept of meaning also arise in connection with the critical use of several other key literary-theoretical notions, such as “literature”, “text”, “form”, and “genre”.

  • 35.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Meaning in Literature2007Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 36.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Notions of Literature across Times and Cultures2007Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 37.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Om litteraturbegreppet2005In: Edda, ISSN 0013-0818, no 1, p. 3-15Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 38.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    On Discussing the Values of Literature: A Preferentialist View2006Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 39.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    P.F. Strawson and Stephen Davies on the Ontology of Art: A Critical Discussion2009In: Organon F, ISSN 1335-0668, Vol. 16, no 4, p. 615-631Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University.
    Possibilities for Transcultural Literary History2006In: Studying Transcultural Literary History, 2006, p. 9-Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Comparative Literature and Scandinavian Languages.
    Presentationalitet i litteratur, bildkonst och musik2007In: Konstverk och konstverkan / [ed] Göran Rossholm & Görans Sonesson, Eslöv: Symposion Brutus Östlings bokförlag, 2007, p. 32-Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts.
    Recension av: Ananta Ch. Sukla (Ed.), Fiction and Art. Explorations in Contemporary Theory2016In: Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, ISSN 1538-1617, E-ISSN 1538-1617Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Recension av Johan Sahlin, Om kyrklundheten värde, kunskap och skrivande i Willy Kyrklunds Om godheten.2009In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, E-ISSN 2002-3871, Vol. 130, p. 284-289Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 44.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts.
    Recension av Kenneth Lindegren, Osannolika händelser och den svenska realistiska romanen: ett estetiskt och existentiellt bekymmer2017In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, E-ISSN 2002-3871, Vol. 138, p. 174-179Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 45.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts.
    Recension av Style in Theory: Between Literature and Philosophy, red. Ivan Callus, James Corby och Gloria Lauri-Lucente2014In: Recherche littéraire / Literary Research, ISSN 0849-0570, Vol. 30, p. 30-34Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 46.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
    Recension av Wischmann, Haettner Aurelius och Heitmann (red.), Litteraturens värde / Der Wert der Literatur2007In: Samlaren, ISSN 0348-6133, Vol. 128, p. 409-413Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 47.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts.
    Review of Michael Mack, How Literature Changes the Way We Think2012In: Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, ISSN 1538-1617, E-ISSN 1538-1617, no 23 MarchArticle, book review (Refereed)
  • 48.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts.
    Review of Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller, Thinking Literature across Continents2018In: Postcolonial Text, ISSN 1705-9100, Vol. 13, no 1Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 49.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts.
    Review of Richard Gaskin, Language, Truth, and Literature: A Defence of Literary Humanism2016In: European Journal of Philosophy, ISSN 0966-8373, E-ISSN 1468-0378, Vol. 24, p. 725-729Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 50.
    Pettersson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts.
    Review: Reconsidering the postmodern. European literature beyond relativism2012In: Journal of Dutch Literature, ISSN 2211-0879, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 85-90Article, book review (Other academic)
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