Originally from Denmark, Frederik joined American Studies at UEA after many years in Canada and the US. His research concerns issues of representation in literary and visual culture, with a special emphasis on comics and graphic novels.

He is the author of several articles about comics on topics ranging from autobiography to anarchism, and his book Serial Selves: Identity and Representation in Autobiographical Comics was published by Rutgers University Press in 2019. With a focus on the comics form’s ability to produce alternative and challenging autobiographical narratives, the book investigates the work of artists writing from perspectives of marginality including gender, sexuality, disability, and race, as well as trauma.

Frederik also edits the two companion book series Routledge Focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Comics Studies and Routledge Research in Gender, Sexuality, and Comics Studies, both of which are currently accepting proposals, and he is the programme coordinator for UEA's Master of Arts in Comics Studies.

In addition, he is the author of The Chicago Literary Experience: Writing the City, 1893-1953 (2011) and the editor of A History of Chicago Literature, which is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

His various research activities has been supported by the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), the Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities, and the US Fulbright Program, among others.

Besides comics, graphic novels, and the literary history of Chicago, Frederik's teaching and research interests include American cultural history, genre fiction, autobiography, and various pop culture-related topics. He also welcomes postgraduate students in all of these areas.


  • PhD, English (Montreal)
  • MA, English (Oregon)
  • MA, English and Scandinavian Literature (Aarhus)

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