Sara Danius

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Sara Danius in 2008

Sara Maria Danius (born 5 April 1962 in Täby[1]) is a Swedish scholar of literature and aesthetics. Danius is Professor of Aesthetics at Södertörn University[2] and Docent of Literature at Uppsala University.[3]

She received her Master of Arts in Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham in 1989. In 1997 she became a Ph.D. at Duke University, and in 1999 she received a Ph.D. degree at Uppsala University.[4] She has published on the relationship between literature and society, and written about Marcel Proust, Gustave Flaubert and James Joyce.

Danius has worked as a literary critic for the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter since 1986.[1] She is an executive member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters since 2010.

In March 2013, Danius was elected to be a member of the Swedish Academy, succeeding Knut Ahnlund on chair 7. Danius was formally installed in the academy at a ceremony on 20 December 2013.[2][3] On 20 December 2014, it was announced that Danius will take over the post as permanent secretary of the academy from Peter Englund on 1 June 2015.[5]


  • Försök om litteratur (1998)
  • Prousts motor (2000)
  • The senses of modernism: technology, perception, and aesthetics, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-8014-3899-3
  • The prose of the world: Flaubert and the art of making things visible, Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2006. ISBN 91-554-6599-4
  • Voices: contemporary ceramic art from Sweden, Stockholm: Carlsson, 2006. ISBN 91-7203-778-4
  • Proust-Benjamin : om fotografin, 2011. ISBN 97-8918688-305-8
  • Näsa för nyheter : essä om James Joyce, 2013. ISBN 97-8918721-902-3
  • Den blå tvålen: Romanen och konsten att göra saker och ting synliga, 2013. ISBN 97-8910012-049-8
  • Knut Ahnlund, 2014
  • Husmoderns död och andra texter, 2014.


  1. ^ a b Sara Danius, Svenskt biografiskt lexikon
  2. ^ a b Ny ledamot i Svenska Akademien, press release from the Swedish Academy, 7 March 2013 (Swedish)
  3. ^ a b DN-medarbetare tar plats i Svenska akademien, Dagens Nyheter 7 March 2013 (Swedish)
  4. ^ Sara Danius, profile at Södertörn University (Swedish)
  5. ^ Sara Danius ersätter Peter Englund, Dagens Nyheter 20 December 2014 (Swedish)
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Knut Ahnlund
Swedish Academy,
Seat No.7

Succeeded by