Helena Forsås-Scott was Professor of Swedish and Gender Studies at University College London, retiring in 2010. Until her passing away in the summer of 2015, she was an Honorary Research Associate at UCL and an Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focused on Scandinavian and especially Swedish women’s writing. Her books include Textual Liberation: European Feminist Writing in the Twentieth Century (ed., 1991; reprint due 2015), Swedish Women’s Writing 1850-1995 (1997), Gender – Power – Text: Nordic Culture in the Twentieth Century (ed., 2004), Re-Writing the Script: Gender and Community in Elin Wägner (2009; new edition 2014), Re-Mapping Lagerlöf: Performance, Intermediality and European Transmissions (ed. with Lisbeth Stenberg and Bjarne Thorup Thomsen, 2014), and The Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Nordic Culture (ed. with Mary Hilson and Titus Hjelm, 2015).
She was a Director of Norvik Press, London, and coordinator of a series of new English translations of prose fiction by Selma Lagerlöf.
Her work was recognised with a prize from the Swedish Academy, Stockholm in December 2014.