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Current research:

Supported by a grant from the Carlsberg Foundation, I have recently begun the project Spiteful Literature: An Affective Theory of Precarity, which investigates fictional narratives by Indigenous peoples and Ozark/Appalachian inhabitants. The project analyses the representations and uses of spite in literary texts, and I will construct a theory of the ugly feeling (Ngai 2005) ‘spite’ as an affective literary device in US literature. The project hopefully sheds light on the current political climate in the US by arguing that the literary representations resonate with ongoing real social and cultural concerns, such as the spitefulness of Trump-voters, disenfranchisement of poor communities, and ongoing dispossession and colonization of Native/Indigenous peoples, as well as these groups' literary responses to this precaritization. Thus, the project seeks to challenge received notions of social mobility inherent in the American Creed and shed light on a contemporary (literary and sociopolitical) tendency towards desperate, but understandable, spiteful (self)separatism.

Previous Research:

In my PhD thesis, I explored the intersections of trickster theory, queer theory, narrative studies, and Native American literary and artistic productions. Part theoretical exploration and part aesthetic analysis, the dissertation investigated how a fusion of trickster theory and queer theory offers a potentially fruitful new mode of settler colonial critique and analysis.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

American Studies, PhD, University of Southern Denmark

Award Date: 26 Jan 2016

English, M.A., University of Southern Denmark

Award Date: 7 Feb 2007

External positions

Visiting Scholar, University of Kentucky

Mar 2019May 2019


  • Cultural text studies
  • Literary theory
  • Culture and Media theory


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