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Anita Nell Albertsen

Position: Since September 1. 2010 Post Doc. at the Institute of Litterature, Media and Cultural Studies.

Research affiliations: Department of Danish and Center for Narratological Studies, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding. 

Fall 2007:  Visiting scholar at Project Narrative, English Department, Ohio State University.

Education and employment:
Education: BA-degree in Philosophy, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, 1996.
BA-degree in Scandinavian Language and Literature, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, 2002.
MA–degree in Scandinavian Language and Literature, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, 2004. 

Previous employment:
2000-2002: Instructor at the discipline “Literary Methods and Analysis”, Institute of Literature, Media and Cultural Studies, University of Southern Denmark.

2006-2009:  PhD Fellow at the Institute of Literature, Media and Cultural Studies, University of Southern Denmark on a grant from The Danish Research Council.


June 2007:  organizer of the conference Narrators, Authors and the Question of Intention, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, and prticipated with the paper "Phenomenology, Cognition and the Question of Intention in Anti-Narrative Fiction". 

1.-4. Maj 2008: Paper: "Anti-narrativity - A Phenomenological Challenge or Challenging Phenomenology?", SSNL's (International Society for the Study of Narrative Literature) konference i Austin, Texas.

6. June 2008: FÆL-seminar (netværket for Fænomenologi, Æsteteik og Litteratur), University of Southern Denmark, Odense.


”Blikkets spejl – om Göran Tunströms Juloratoriet og Tjuven” in: Synsvinkler, nr. 19, 1997.
”Favntag med det frastødende” in: Apparatur, nr. 10, 2005.
”Et fænomenologisk rodnet – de læserorienterede litteraturteoriers grand old man” in: Synsvinkler, nr. 31, 2005.
”Roman i opbrud – om fænomenologi, narrativitet og Merete Pryds Helles Men jorden står til evig tid (1996)” in: Synsvinkler, nr. 31, 2005
”Fordommenes miniencyklopædi” in: Apparatur, nr. 13, 2006.

"Litterære samlesæt - Når fortællingen inviterer indenfor" in: Dansk Noter (in press), 2008.

Research areas

Recent Scandinavian Literature

Critical Theory

Narratology - especially cognitive narratology, anti-narrativity, denarration. 

Literary method and analysis - in particular phenomenological based text analysis and cognitive poetics.

The welfare state and its narratives

Class and Reality


Research information

The welfare state "speeks" - Welfare State narratives, ethnicity, diversity, and cohesive force 1967-2010

One of the major themes in the social debate of the past 3-4 years has been Denmarks meeting with globalisation - not least the transition from a culturally homogenous national welfare state towards a multicultural society. The aim of my postdoctoral research is to investigate the narratives the welfare state links to ethnicity, diversity, and cohesive force, using as a starting point narrative analysis of a number of public key texts from the period from the late 1960s to present day. The central thesis of my project is that the ethnicity concept of the welfare state is constantly being elaborated and changed under the influence of the national and international debate on culture and values. In addition, it is the object of a linguistic and concept-critical thematisation in fictive texts. State documents adressed inwardly to citizens (e.g. in the form of informative material addressed to 'ethnic danes' and 'new danes' respectively) as well as outwardly in the form of nation-'branding' material are analysed, as well as central texts from the political debate (including New Year addresses by the Prime Minister, party and election programmes, debate contribution in the daily press, etc). With a aim of including a comparative perspective, my research also examines how ethnicity, diversity and cohesive force are articulated in recent Danish fiction and the literary debate, based on the hypothesis that literature supplies counter-narratives to the self-legitimising narratives concerning ethnicity coming from the welfare state. My methodological approach is cognitive linguistics and ditto narratology (in particular Werth and his Text World Theory) and that of conceptual history.


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