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Associated researchers

Henrik Skov Nielsen

Henrik Skov Nielsen, is Professor at the School of Communcation and Culture, Aarhus University.
He is head of “Centre for  Fictionality Studies” where he is working on a project on fictionality conceived of one of the most fundamental human cognitive skills and as an ability to imagine how something might be, or can be, or would have been or simply: is not.
Simultaneously he is working on narratological research projects on the relation between authors and narrators and on unnatural narratology in the context of the research groups, NRL and “Unnatural Narratology”.

Louise Brix Jacobsen

Louise Brix Jacobsen is Assistant Professor at the Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University. She has published on contemporary media and the concept of fictionality (e.g. the contribution to Narrative 23:3 2015: “Vitafiction as a Mode of Self-Fashioning: The Case of Michael J. Fox in Curb Your Enthusiasm”.)  She is co-editor of the anthology Why Study Literature? (2011) and co-author of the educational book on fictionality (2013) that won the Danish educational book-prize. Recent research projects includes a contribution to and the co-editing of a book anthology on Fake News (forthcoming 2017) and a chapter on “Fictiobiographical Advertising” for Fictionality and Factuality: Blurred Borders in Narrations of Identity. Edited by Cindie Maagaard, Marianne Wolff Lundholt, and Daniel Schäbler. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter (Forthcoming 2017).

Stefan Iversen

Stefan Iversen is Associate Professor at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University in Denmark. He has co-edited the anthologies Why Study Literature? (Aarhus University Press, 2011) and Strange Voices in Narrative Fiction (De Gruyter, 2011) and is the author and co-author of articles and books on subjects such as unnatural narratives, early modernism, narrative rhetoric, and the literature of testimony. He hosts and leads the Ph.D.-summer school course in Narrative Studies (www.sins.au.dk) held annually in Denmark. His current research project focuses on interacting narratives and on fictionality in public rhetoric.

Rikke Andersen Kraglund

Rikke Andersen Kraglund is Assistant Professor at Aarhus University. She has published articles in Danish on subjects such as intertextuality, intermediality and literary composition. She wrote her thesis on references in the works of the Norwegian author Jan Kjærstad. In English she authored an article on the oddness of Genette’s voice in the anthology Strange Voices (Narratologia 2011) and she has co-edited the anthology Why Study Literature? (2011). She is active in a number of networks, including the Unnatural Narratology, the Narrative Research Lab and CERCOP.

Stine Slot Grumsen

Stefan Kjerkegaard

My research in correlation to fictionality mainly deals with how literature (fiction) is changing when literature's way of communicating changes or conditions of this communication is changed due to an overall mediatization of literature. This mediatization, I would claim, change a number of logics as we know them from much previous literature, e.g. in the form of authors' self-fashioning in relation to their literature (fiction and non-fiction) and this literature’s ways of using fiction, for instance within an autobiographical framework. Often the concept of fictionality instead of fiction is much more adequate and applicable, if you want to analyze and describe what happens in recent works by for example J.M. Coetzee, Karl Ove Knausgård, Claus Beck-Nielsen, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Bret Easton Ellis, Philip Roth, Michel Houellebecq etc.

Lasse Gammelgaard

Fictionality constitutes an important part of my research interests in different ways. My PhD-dissertation was on narrative poetry, and in this I - among other things - theorize about the poet’s (attached or detached) relation to the speaker in the poem. Presently I’m interested in 1.) fictionality in graphic memoir with its complex and multimodal way of intermingling fact and fiction and 2.) the role of fictionality across many discourses in the 18th Century in general but with a specific focus on the literary production of Norwegian-Danish author Ludvig Holberg. 

Simona Zetterberg Gjerlevsen

Holds a postdoc position funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and Centre for Fictionality Studies at Scandinavian Studies and Experience Economy, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University. She is currently working on fictionality in nineteenth-century novels, in particular the relationship between fictionality and facts in historical novels. She has published on fictionality as a theoretical concept, its relation to speech act theory and the eighteenth-century novel. Her thesis Fictionality and the Formation of the Novel – with a Focus on the Invention of Eighteenth-Century Danish Fiction centers on these issues. Her publications include “Fictionality” The Living Handbook of Narratology, 2016; “A Novel History of Fictionality,” Narrative 24.2:174–189 (2016) and “Distinguishing Fictionality,” with Henrik Skov Nielsen, Fictionality and Factuality: Blurred Borders in Narrations of Identity, de Gruyter (forthcoming).

Johanne Helbo Bøndergaard

Ph.d. - Associated researcher

My research project is situated within the fields of cultural memory studies and comparative literature. I am particularly interested in contemporary literature on memory and history and the relationship between authenticity and fictionality in these works. I suggest a possible shift away from testimony as the dominant mode of representing troubled pasts to a “forensic” mode of writing that includes evidence of the past in the literary text, troubling its status as evidence through the use of fictionality.