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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 2021


Rendix, M. & Kongerslev, M.


Project: Research

Research Output 2010 2019

  • 6 Journal article
  • 4 Encyclopedia chapter
  • 2 Book chapter
  • 1 Literature review

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

Kongerslev, M. & Juncker, C., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Polish Journal for American Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Tårer i Rovdyrenes Klub: Hvide følelser og maskulinitetsmyter i Trumpland

Kongerslev, M. & Juncker, C., 2019, In : Økonomi & Politik. 1, p. 55-65

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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

Annette Angela Portillo. Sovereign Stories and Blood Memories: Native American Women's Autobiography (Review)

Kongerslev, M., 2018, In : Transmotion. 4, 2, p. 173-78

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewResearch

Open Access

Dance to the Two-Spirit: Mythologizations of the Queer Native

Kongerslev, M., 2018, In : Kvinder, Køn & Forskning. 27, 4, p. 33-46

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2010 2019

37th American Indian Workshop

Marianne Kongerslev (Organizer)
25 May 201628 May 2016

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Affect in Appalachian Literature

Marianne Kongerslev (Lecturer)
16 Apr 2019

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

Appalachian Studies Association

Marianne Kongerslev (Participant)
14 Mar 201917 Mar 2019

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

Communicating Trauma: Indira Allegra’s Blue Covers as ‘Survivance’ Narrative

Marianne Kongerslev (Speaker)

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

Exploring Bourdieusian frameworks for the study of the internationalization of university education

Marianne Kongerslev (Lecturer)
Apr 2012 → …

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations