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Born 1953 in Aarhus, Denmark.

Education and employment
Mag.art. in modern and comparative literature history, Aarhus University 1978, lic.phil. in Nordic literature, Aarhus University 1982, course leader and lecturer at the Extramural Department of Aarhus University 1978-1987, freelance producer at the public media institution Danish Radio 1982-1988, leader of the evening courses at the evening course association of Kalundborg 1986-1988, external associate professor at the Department of Nordic studies, Odense University 1988, adjunct at the same institution 1993, associate professor at the same institution 1995, head of the development project regarding the university pedagogy of the University of Southern Denmark 1995-1999, associate research professor at the same institution 1998, professor of Danish literature at the University of Southern Denmark, Institute of Literature, Media and Cultural studies 1999, head of the board of the Danish Writers Academy (since 2002), visiting professor at Scandinavian Department, University College London (2000), visiting professor at
Scandinavian Department, Christian Albrecht University, Kiel (2003), She is one of the founders of The Danish Society for 18th Century Studies (1993). She is general secretary of International Society for 18th Century Studies and chairman of The Research Council of The Ministry for Culture.

In her research, she has especially focused on history of Danish Literature, contemporary Nordic literature, history of Nordic Women´s literature and history of Scandinavian Enlightenment, literary historiography.
She has edited and published (selected list): ”Der unermessliche Modernismus. Über den Modernismusbegriff in der dänischen Literatur”, Wiener Studien zur Skandinavistik, red. Sven Rossel m. fl., 2009; Nye historier om dansk literatur, vol. I-V 2005-2009 (Contemporary Danish Literature, Gyldendal, Copenhagen, ed. Anne-Marie Mai et al.), En bog om Michael Strunge (Anne-Marie Mai and Jørgen Aabenhus, Borgens forlag 2008; (Michael Strunge – the Poet); Nordic Light (ed. Mai, Bredsdorff and Hansen, University Press of Southern Denmark, Odense, 2008); Enlightened Networking – Import and Export of Enlightenment in 18th Century Denmark (ed. Mai and Bredsdorff, 2004, University Press of Southern Denmark, Odense), Danske digtere i det 20. århundrede vol. I-III (ed. Mai 2000-2002, Danish Poets of the 20th. Century, Gads Forlag, København), “Ludvig Holberg”, In Encyclopedia of The Enlightenment, 2002, Oxford University Press, Oxford, Nordisk Kvindelitteraturhistorie,vol. I-V (ed. Elisabeth Møller Jensen, Anne-Marie Mai et al. 1993-1998, History of Nordic Women’s Literature, Bra Böcker and Rosinante, Stockholm and Copenhagen), Læsninger i dansk litteratur 1200-2000, vol. I-V, (Mai et. al., 1997-2000, Studies in Danish Literature 1200-2000, University Press of Southern Denmark), ”Hylet fra Amerika – om amerikaniseringen af dansk litteratur i midttressernes opbrud fra modernismen”, Kulturens amerikanisering 1945-1975 ed. lektor Niels Arne Sørensen, (The Howl of America – on the Americanization of Danish literature in the Sixties), Aarhus University Press, 2010;
Sted (Place), ed. Anne-Marie Mai og Dan Ringgaard, Aarhus University Press,, 2010.
Hvor litteraturen finder sted. Bidrag til dansk litteraturhistorie, bd. I-III, (Where Literature Takes Place. Contribution To The History of Danish Literature), Gyldendal, 2010-2011.

Anne Borup 2000
Jon Helt Haarder 2002
Malene Rehr 2007
Gitte Tofterup Hansen 2010
Bente Bramming 2010

The Jubilee Celebration Prize of Odense City 1996
The Champagne Celebration Prize of the Danish Teachers´ Union 1998
The Ragna Sidén Literary Award for Danish Women 2002
The H. O. Lange Prize of The Royal Library 2003
The N. Bang and Camilla Bang, born Troensegaard’s Prize (2008)
The Danish Art Council’s Prize (2010)
The Research Dissemination Prize of The University of Southern Denmark (2011)

Research areas

  • Litterature, Culture and Media

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Alcoholism Medicine & Life Sciences
alcohol Social Sciences
Alcohols Medicine & Life Sciences
Poetry Medicine & Life Sciences
Love Medicine & Life Sciences
gender Social Sciences
abuse Social Sciences
poetry Social Sciences

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Research Output 1995 2019

"I'll sing about those who are gay, and those who are sorrowful": The Use of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales in Narrative Medicine

Rasmussen, A. J. & Mai, A-M., 2019, Hans Christian Andersen and Community. Bom, A. K., Bøggild, J. & Frandsen, J. N. (eds.). Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag, p. 341-358 (Publications from the Hans Christian Andersen Center, Vol. 7).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review


Mai, A-M., 22. Oct 2019, Litteratur i brug. Mai, A-M. (ed.). Hellerup: Forlaget Spring, p. 12-18

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterCommunication

Litteraturen rykker ud: Erfaringer fra et borgerforskningsprojekt

Translated title of the contribution: Literature to the Rescue: a Citizen Science projectMai, A-M. & Andersen, I. E., 5. Mar 2019, In : Bibliotek for Laeger. 1

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Litteratur i brug

Mai, A-M. (ed.), 22. Oct 2019, Hellerup: Forlaget Spring. 368 p.

Research output: Book/anthology/thesis/reportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

Ord, der kan bruges: Om poetiske aktører i Naja Marie Aidts Har døden taget noget fra dig så giv det tilbage. Carls bog

Mai, A-M., 22. Oct 2019, Litteratur i brug. Mai, A-M. (ed.). Forlaget Spring, p. 143-164

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Activities 2003 2019

Formand for Kulturministeriets Bog- og Litteraturpanel

Anne-Marie Mai (Consultant)
1. Jan 20191. Jan 2021

Activity: Public and private sector consultationPublic sector consultancy

Litteraturen rykker ud

Anne-Marie Mai (Participant), Iben Engelhardt Andersen (Participant), Anne Kathrine Overgaard (Participant), Thomas Kaarsted (Participant)
8. Oct 201822. Oct 2018

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

Einar Hansen forelæsningen Lunds Universitet

Anne-Marie Mai (Guest lecturer)
14. Jun 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lectures, external teaching and course activities at other universities

Phd-cup (External organisation)

Anne-Marie Mai (Member)
Jan 2015May 2015

Activity: MembershipMembership of review committee

Det Danske Akademi (External organisation)

Anne-Marie Mai (Member)

Activity: MembershipMembership of commitees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

Projects 2017 2019

Press / Media

I en global verden søger litteraturen hjem

Anne-Marie Mai


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

I en global verden søger litteraturen hjem

Anne-Marie Mai


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

DR2 Deadline 22.30

Anne-Marie Mai


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media


Søren Gyldendal Prisen

Anne-Marie Mai (Recipient), 30. Apr 2018

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

SDU 2020 progamme

Klaus Petersen (Recipient) & Anne-Marie Mai (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Teaching & Supervision

Uformel pædagogisk uddannelse

Anne-Marie Mai


Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

Studieadministrative opgaver

Anne-Marie Mai

01/01/2000 → …

Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching