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2014 - Professor of European Literature, Department for the Study of Culture, SDU

2020 - Manager (with Dr Emily Hogg) of the Center for Uses of Literature

2009-2014 Associate Professor of English Language Literature, HUM, SDU

2016- Head of the Research Group in Uses of Art and Literature

2011-2016 Head of the research programme in Welfare Narratives, ILKM, SDU

2011- Member of the PhD Board for the Humanities, SDU

2007-2009 Assistant Professor, ILKM, SDU

2004-2007 Post Doc, Carlsberg Research Fellow (Third Generation Romantic Poetry)

2004 Visiting Scholar, State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York

2003-2004 Reader, English Department, University of Copenhagen

2000 Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University, USA

2003 PhD degree awarded, University of Copenhagen (dissertation on William Wordsworth directed by professor Charls Lock)

1999-2002 Graduate studies, English Department, University of Copenhagen

1995-1996 exchange student, Ohio University, USA

1992-1998 English and Comparative Literature, University of Odense

1972 Born

Research areas

The Literature and culture of the welfare state

English Language Literatures after c. 1700

Narrative medicine, Literature and Health


Intermedial studies in ekphrasis and concrete poetry

Book History - especially how certain writing tools and conditions impact the possibilities for poetic expression

Literary Gerontology (nursing home novels, vollendungsromane, literature and dementia, generational conflicts in literature)

The precariat and precarity in contemporary British and Danish literature

Research areas

  • Historiography of Literature
  • Books as a Medium (including Digital Literature)
  • Literary Epochs (from Classical Greek and Roman to Postmodernism)
  • Poetics, Poetry and Philosophy
  • The Literary Market
  • History of Mentality


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