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Mads Rosendahl Thomsen


Mads Rosendahl Thomsen




I teach and do research on world literature, posthumanism and digital humanities

In September 2019, I published a book with Routledge on world literature, Literature and the Worldco-authored with Stefan Helgesson (Stockholm). I'm currently preparing an edited volume on posthumanism for Bloomsbury with Jacob Wamberg (Aarhus) to be published in 2020. I'm also directing the Digital Arts Initiative and the Human Futures research programmes. Two recent edited volumes in Danish: an introduction to literature outside of Europe and 50 highlights of world literature. In July 2020, I will be teaching at the Institute for World Literature at Belgrade.


Short CV

M.A. 1998, Ph.D. 2002 in Comparative Literature, Aarhus University

Thesis awarded with The University of Aarhus Research Foundation's Ph.D. Prize in 2003

Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2015 (combined 8 months)

2003-06: Post.doc. financed by the Carlsberg Foundation

2007-09: Assistant Professor

2009-15: Associate Professor

2015-19: Professor with Special Responsibilities

2019-: Professor


Current research projects

Human Futures - 2016-22

Digital Arts Initiative - 2017-


Selected publications

Authored books

Literature and the World, co-authored with Stefan Helgesson (London: Routledge, 2019).

The New Human in Literature: Posthuman Visions of Changes in Body, Mind, and Society after 1900 (London: Bloomsbury, 2013 (pb. 2015)). Reviews in Orbis Litterarum, Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature, and Comparative Literature.

Mapping World Literature: International Canonization and Transnational Literatures (London & New York: Continuum, 2008 (pb. 2010)). Reviews in Choice ("Highly recommended"), Modern Languages Review, English Studies, Journal of European Studies, The Comparatist, Comparative Literature Studies, Paragraph, Orbis Litterarum, Symploke, Transcostpost, Forum for Modern Language Studies

Kanoniske konstellationer. Om litteraturhistorie, kanonstudier og 1920'ernes litteratur (Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark, 2003) (revised dissertation)


Edited books

Literature: An Introduction to Theory and Analysis (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)

Danish Literature as World Literature with Dan Ringgaard (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)

World Literature: A Reader with Theo D'haen and César Dominguez (London: Routledge, 2012)

The Posthuman Condition: Ethics, Aesthetics and Politics of Biotechnological Challenges with Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen and Jacob Wamberg (Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2012)

Reinventions of the Novel: Histories and Aesthetics of a Protean Genre with Karen-Margrethe Simonsen and Marianne Ping Huang (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004)  

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    Literature’s Humanist Posthumanism

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    The Bloomsbury Handbook of Posthumanism

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