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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.

Education/Academic qualification

American Studies, PhD, Syddansk Universitet

English, M.A., Syddansk Universitet

External positions

Visiting Scholar, University of Kentucky

Mar 2019May 2019

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Projects 2018 2022


Rendix, M. & Kongerslev, M.


Project: Research

Research Output 2010 2020

  • 7 Journal article
  • 4 Encyclopedia chapter
  • 3 Book chapter
  • 1 Literature review

Imagined Sovereignty: Mapping and Resisting Precarity in Indira Allegra’s Woven Account

Kongerslev, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) -.

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Appalachia as Trumpland: Honor, Precarity, and Affect in Literature from the Mountain South

Kongerslev, M. & Juncker, C., 2019, In : Polish Journal for American Studies. 13, p. 179 191 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Tårer i Rovdyrenes Klub: Hvide følelser og maskulinitetsmyter i Trumpland

Kongerslev, M. & Juncker, C., Apr 2019, In : Oekonomi og Politik. 92, 1, p. 55-65 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

The Decolonial Potential of First Nation Young Adult and Speculative Fiction

Kongerslev, M., 2019, In : Anglo Files. Journal of English Teaching. 193, 3, p. 44-49 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleCommunication

Open Access

Ængstelige Hillbillies: Reaktionære artefakter og affekter i Trumps USA

Juncker, C. & Kongerslev, M., 2018, In : K&K: kultur og klasse. 46, 126, p. 129-146

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2010 2019

The Ozarks as Wild West: Tribal Traces and Settler Myths in US Popular Culture

Marianne Kongerslev (Lecturer)
13 Jun 201915 Jun 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

Indigenizing Traumatic Topographies: Place, Sovereignty, and Cherokee Two-Spirit Poetries

Marianne Kongerslev (Lecturer)
23 May 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

Affect in Appalachian Literature

Marianne Kongerslev (Lecturer)
16 Apr 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

Ugly Feelings in Southland: The Affective Landscape of Appalachian Literature

Marianne Kongerslev (Lecturer)
3 Apr 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


Southern Studies Forum

Marianne Kongerslev (Organizer)
3 Apr 20195 Apr 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation