Johannes Göransson


Associate Professor of English

Specialty: Modernism, modern American poetry, modern Swedish poetry, translation theory

Degrees: B.A., University of Minnesota; M.F.A.,University of Iowa; Ph.D., University of Georgia

Johannes Göransson is interested in approaches to writing that crosses boundaries – such as genre conventions and linguistic borders – and blurs the demarcations of the autonomous text. He is the author of three books of his own writings – A New Quarantine Will Take My Place, Dear Ra and Pilot (Johann the Carousel Horse) – with one more forthcoming in 2011, The Entrance Pageant.  He wrote a performance piece The Widow Party, which was performed at Links Hall in Chicago in 2008. He is also the translator of the works of several modern and contemporary Swedish and Finland Swedish poets and writers – including Aase Berg, Henry Parland and Johan Jönson.

As a teacher he likes to bring students’ attention to a wide variety of texts and to help them develop interesting frameworks for reading and discussing these texts. A creative writing class should not be a normalizing workshop of finished products, but a site for exploration and interaction.

He has written critically about contemporary American and Swedish poetry, translation theory, the historical avant-garde, Sylvia Plath, and Gurlesque poetry and other neo-gothic aesthetics. In addition, he has a special interest in film, particularly the 1960s underground cinema of Kenneth Anger and Jack Smith.

Together with Joyelle McSweeney, Johannes publishes Action Books; and together with McSweeney and John Woods, he edits the online zine Action, Yes.


Contact Information
209 Decio Hall
(574) 631-7618

Postal address
Department of English
233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556