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Anne Kirstine Munk Christiansen

PhD Research Fellow

My PhD project is titled “Returning Home from War: The Figure of the Veteran in American Fiction fromthe Global War on Terror”.

The central question in my PhD project is how literary representations of the experiences of American soldiers who have been involved in the Global War on Terror portray and challenge ideas about the meaning of home, citizenship, and national belonging. How do these fictions portray home as a physical place, as a mental or psychological place, and as a place of familiar relations? What does home mean in these stories, and how is the description of home related to war, war experiences, and the figure of the veteran? 

The three main works I’m studying in my thesis are: George Saunders’s short story ”Home” (2011), Joyce Carol Oates’s novel Karthage (2014), and Roy Scranton’s novel War Porn (2016). In these works, the narratives are built around returning veteran’s homecoming and reintegration in society, something that make them especially well-suited for studying the ideas of home and belonging. 

Courses and teaching

I have taught "American and British Culture and History" (EN-144), "American and British Literature and Culture (part 1)" (EN-160), "American and British Literature and Culture (part 2)" (EN-162) as well as supervised BA projects.

Work experience

  • Communications advisor, NordForsk, Oslo, 2016-2017
  • Freelance book critic and writer, 2014-2016
  • Advisor, Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, 2011-2014.
  • MA in Liberal Studies from The New School for Social Research in New York, 2011 (Fulbright scholarship)
  • BA in Comparative Literature from University of Copenhagen 2007.

General outreach

"Eget land", review of Tharaniga Rajah's novel Det er lenge til skumring, in Klassekampen - Bokmagasinet, 17.11.2018.

"Kan naturen fri oss fra oss selv?", essay about dystopias in literature, in Klassekampen - Bokmagasinet, 11.08.2018.

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