Kasper Green Munk

Postdoc

Kasper Green Munk
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Since 2013 I have been conducting a postdoc project on images of the welfare state and the fascination with fascism in contemporary literature. The three year project is funded by The Danish Independent Research Council and Aarhus University. In September 2011 I concluded by PhD project and defended my PhD thesis Poetic Potentials of War: Jünger, Sebald, and Combat and Body in Modern War Literature in January 2012. It was awarded the PhD Prize 2013 by Aarhus University Research Foundation.

It revolves around the question of how war is being described in literature, when the battle is no longer its decisive event? Recent western war literature has answered this question in several ways, but only a few studies have examined these answers systemically. Confronted by weapons of mass destruction and military strategies of extermination aimed at civilian rather than military targets, the writing of war in the twentieth century has removed itself from the combat-oriented mode of description and followed other paths in its struggles to actualise the poetic potentials of war. In this dissertation I trace the most important of these paths: the move out of the combat zone and into the human body. Carrying out detailed analyses of three novels about World War Two – by W.G. Sebald, Kurt Vonnegut, and Christoph Ransmayr – the dissertation shows how this body-oriented war literature depicts the non-uniformed, sensitive, and exposed body as the main point of identification for a democratically based notion of war in modern western societies. As a counterpoint I also analyse Ernst Jünger’s famous literary description of World War One which has – in many ways – formed the basis of the modern combat-oriented aesthetics of war, known from popular war movies and computer games, and characterising the conception of war as an efficient tool of conflict resolution.

 

 

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