Rasmus Vangshardt

History & Comparative Literature

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Academic CV

  • 2022 | Visiting Scholar, Department of Catalan Philology and General Linguistics, Universidad de Barcelona. 
  • 2021 | Completion of the The University Lecturer Training Programme (U of Southern Denmark)
  • 2021 | Visiting Scholar, Institut für deutsche Philologie, LMU-München.
  • 2021 | Postdoctoral Researcher, Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark
  • 2021 | PhD Degree obtained. Thesis: "The Theatrum Mundi of Celebration. Calderón de la Barca and the World Theatre as Aesthetic Theodicy."
  • 2020 | Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford/Exeter College.
  • 2020 | 2020 Recipient of the Ministry of Higher Education's Elite Research Travel Grant.
  • 2019 | Visiting Scholar, Romanisches Seminar, Universität Heidelberg
  • 2018 | Visiting Scholar, Department of English and Related Literature, University of York
  • 2018 | PhD Fellow, Centre for Medieval Literature, University of Southern Denmark
  • 2016 | Teaching Assistant, Comparative literature, University of Southern Denmark
  • 2016 | Master in Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen
  • 2014 | Exchange Student, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2013 | Exchange Student, Universität Mannheim
  • 2011 | Bachelor in Philosophy, University of Copenhagen

Affiliated academic projects

  • HISTORIES. Assessing the Role of Aesthetics in the Historical Paradigm c. 1550-1650.
  • Center for Pontoppidan Studies, University of Southern Denmark.
  • Historicity Research Group, University of Southern Denmark. Leader: Dr.phil. Sofie Kluge.

Select Publications 

  • Pedro Calderón de la Barca and the World Theatre in Early Modern Europe: The Theatrum Mundi of Celebration (Berlin/Kalamazoo: De Gruyter & MiP). 
  • Livets febrile hemmeligheder. Et litterært slægtskab mellem Henrik Pontoppidan og Thomas Mann (Hellerup: Spring 2017) [The Feverish Secrets of Live. A Literary Kinship Between Henrik Pontoppidan and Thomas Mann]
  • "Antonio's Sadness in the Stoic Theatrum Mundi of the Early Modern City" in Orbis Litterarum (2019). Vol. 74, no. 4, p. 264-277.
  • "Coherence and the Longing for Modernity in Literary Historiography, or: Why History and Historicism Are Two Things" in Res Cogitans (2020), vol. 14, no. 2, p. 85-103.
  • "'El circular coliseo.' The Loa to El gran teatro del mundo Reconsidered" in The Bulletin of the Comediantes. vol. 72, no. 2 (2020), pp. 117-142.
  • "Suns and Reversals on Lohenstein's Early Modern Schauplatz" in Medievalia et Humanistica, vol. 48 (2023).
  • "Epilogue: Reflections on Historical Comparativism Prompted by the Case of Sophonisba" (med David Zirak-Schmidt, Anastasia Larn, Sofie Kluge), i Nordic Journal of Renaissance Studies, vol. 20 (2023).


Recent Talks in English

  • "The Theatrum Historiae of the Dark Ages? A Comparative Approach to the Deaths of Medieval Rulers in Early Modern Drama." HISTORIES conference, Jesus College-Oxford. 9 Sep, 2023
  • "Medieval Material and Desengaño in Early Modern Dramatizations of the Life of Bruno of Cologne." RSA-Puerto Rico. 11 March, 2023.
  • ”Medievalisms and the Ecstasies of Time in Early Modern Drama.” Medialatinitas 2022-Prague. Sep. 23, 2022.
  • "Beauty and the Bible in Two Old Testament Plays by Lope de Vega." Biblical Drama in Europe. University of Oxford, Jesus College. June 10, 2022. 
  • "Theatre and Self in The Merchant of Venice." Workshop, PRIVACY and HISTORIES. University of Copenhagen/University of Southern Denmark. 27th of April 2022. 
  • "Disillusion or Objectivity? Historical Desengaño in Spanish Golden Age Historical Plays on the Middle Ages." RSA-Dublin 2022. 2nd of April, 2022.
  • "The Meaning of History on Lohenstein’s Early Modern Schauplatz." Transnational Aspects of Early Modern Drama. Ruhr University Bochum. 25th of June, 2021.
  • "Apologetics and Religion in Early Modern Corpus Christi Drama." ReForc 2021 Budapest-Virtual. 6th of May, 2021.
  • "Calderón's World Theatre of Celebration: 'Aesthetic Theodicy' as a Perspective on the Baroque Theatrum Mundi." Renaissance Society of America. RSA 2021-Virtual. 21st of April, 2021.
  • "Antonio's Sadness in the World Theatre of the Early Modern City." Fear and Loathing in the Earthly City. Negative Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern Period c. 1100-1700. Danish National Museum. 2th of Nov. 2018.
  • "Historical Continuity and the Blessed Middle Ages in Martin A. Hansens Lykkelige Kristoffer." International Association of Scandinavian Studies 2018. University of Copenhagen.


Research areas

  • Historiography of Literature
  • Literary Epochs (from Classical Greek and Roman to Postmodernism)
  • Canon


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