American Literary and Cultural Studies

Research symposium.


09:00  Welcome and introduction

09:05 - 10:05  Session 1: Neo-Slavery and Unfreedom

  • An Arab American Neo Slave narrative?: Usable Pasts in Laila Lalami’s
    The Moor’s Account
    Martina Koegeler-Abdi (University of Copenhagen)
  • Contingent Archives of Unfreedom and Experimental Aesthetics
    Silvia Schultermandl (University of Graz)

10:05 - 10:30  Break

10:30 - 12  Session 2: Climate, Bodies, and Borders in Nineteenth-Century
                   American Literature

  • Climate and the Body in the American Tropics during the Second
    Cholera Pandemic, 1828-1835
    Michael Boyden (Uppsala University)
  • Cape Cod’s Savage Borders
    Christa Holm Vogelius (University of Copenhagen)
  • Styling Melville
    Rasmus Rahbek Simonsen (Copenhagen School of Design & Technology)

12 - 13  Lunch break

13:00 - 14:00  Session 3: Region, Adaptation and Dystopia in Twentieth-
                        and Twenty-First Century Literature and Film

  • (Othered) Girls on Fire: Dystopia, Reality, and Imagination in American
    Culture and (New) Orleans
    Sarah Hentges (University of Maine, Augusta, and University of Southern Denmark)
  • Transnational Geographies of Literary-Cinematic Adaptation:
    the West Country and the Deep South in The Siege of Trencher’s Farm and Straw Dogs
    Martyn Bone (University of Copenhagen)


Abstracts of all readings (pdf)