Jakob Ladegaard

Associate professor

Jakob Ladegaard

Research interests

I am a literary scholar who also occasionally writes about cinema. My research is primarily concerned with the relations between modern literature, politics and economy. My PhD thesis (awarded Aarhus University Research Foundation’s PhD prize in 2011) focused on figures of democracy in the works of romantic writers such as Friedrich Hölderlin, William Wordsworth and Victor Hugo around the time of the French Revolution. The dissertation was published in 2013 as an abridged and rewritten book entitled The Book and the People – The Politics of Romantic Literature. My later postdoc project was about aesthetic and political representations of post-communist Eastern Europe in Western European and American literature and film. From 2017 I am the director of a four year collective research project entitled ”Unearned Wealth – A Literary History of Inheritance, 1600-2015”, supported by the Danish Research Council. The project deals with literary representations of inherited wealth in England and France from the early modern period to the present. Please visit the project website for further information. I also participate in the research project “Reading Slavery” at Aarhus University.

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