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In my PhD project “Literature in Solidarity: Unemployment and Class Feelings in Contemporary Fiction”, I analyze changing conceptions of unemployment in contemporary society with a special focus on affective experience. How does it feel to be unemployed today? What role does unemployment have in our cultural imaginary? How does the experience of unemployment change in precarious times where unemployment is more readily looming and ever-present? And, more broadly speaking, how do feelings such as shame, anxiety and nostalgia work in relation to class and social stratification. Drawing on theories from the recent affective turn in cultural studies and the social sciences, the project seeks to answer two overall questions: 1. How can we conceptualize the contemporary experience of unemployment combining class studies and affect theory? 2. How can literature be said to produce solidarity and the grounds for new affective communities?

Research areas

British and American Literature after 1900. Affect Theory. Working-Class Fiction. New Social Movements. Avant-Garde Studies.

Research Output 2016 2018

  • 3 Journal article
  • 1 Book chapter

Skammen og dens brødre: Arbejdsløshed, maskulinitet og klasseskam

Aarhus, M. G., 2018, In : K & K. 46, 125, p. 179-198

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

The Skinnebach Effect: Towards a Poetic Institutional Critique

Aarhus, M. G., 2018, (Accepted/In press) A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1975-. Brill

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

Nedrykningsfortællinger

Aarhus, M. G., 16 Dec 2016, In : Atlas. 4

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleCommunication

Relaxing the Avant-Garde: Tan Lin and the Language-Oriented Tradition

Aarhus, M. G., 2016, In : Symploke. 24, 1-2, p. 293 - 307

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2012 2018

  • 4 Conference presentations
  • 1 Conference organisation or participation
  • 1 Visiting another research institution

Idle Feelings

Mathies Græsborg Aarhus (Guest lecturer)
23 Apr 2018

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

Arbejdsløse mænd i prekære tider

Mathies Græsborg Aarhus (Guest lecturer)
28 Sep 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

Towards a Poetic Institutional Critique

Mathies Græsborg Aarhus (Guest lecturer)
2015

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

The Rejection of Narrative: Language Poetry and Gertrude Stein

Mathies Græsborg Aarhus (Guest lecturer)
2014

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

Disembodied: Literature and Transmission in a Digital Age

Mathies Græsborg Aarhus (Organizer)
2013

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation