Carl Malmgren has taught twentieth-century literature and literary theory at the University of New Orleans since 1980. In that time he has published three books of literary criticism and theory—on postmodern fiction, on science fiction, and on mystery and detective fiction—and more than 30 articles. His fields of specialization are twentieth-century fiction and narrative theory, and most of his scholarship has combined these interests.
Malmgren has just finished his latest work of scholarship, a novel set in Paris in the 1920s. Based on an intensive study of the period and featuring appearances by Hemingway, Stein, Fitzgerald and other luminaries, Paris Metro, a novel with footnotes, purports to “solve” the unsolved murder left over from Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night. The novel won Omega Publications Prize for Best Novel of 2010 and was published by that press in December 2010.
The Fulbright Commission has, on three different occasions, acknowledged Malmgren’s expertise in American studies by awarding him grants to teach in Europe, first in France, then in Sweden, most recently in England. In the spring of 1995 the British Library and the Fulbright Commission sent Malmgren to Hungary as the Eccles Lecturer in American Culture where he gave lectures on recent developments in literary theory and on multiculturalism and political correctness. Malmgren was also invited to be Visiting Professor in American Literature at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. He has served as Academic Director for the UNO-Innsbruck Summer School on three different occasions.
Malmgren’s most impressive productions so far, however, are his two children, Katarina and Nicholas, of whom he is inordinately fond.