Torleif Persson

Lecturer in English Language & Literature

Smith College

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Ph.D., Rutgers University

B.A., Lund University


Torleif Persson received his bachelor’s in theoretical philosophy from Lund University and his doctorate in literatures in English from Rutgers University. He is an experienced writing instructor and a scholar of literature. His research focuses on 20th and 21st century American and global Anglophone literature, with a primary emphasis on how postwar American authors use forms of address to query the evolving political meaning of blackness. Secondary research and teaching fields include critical theory, science fiction and the history of the novel. Prior to joining the Smith English department, Persson was an assistant teaching professor in the writing program at Rutgers.

Selected Publications

“Ralph Ellison’s Contemporaneity.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, 53:1. (Spring 2020).

“Impersonal Style and the Form of Experience in W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn.” Studies in the Novel. (Summer 2016).