Frederik Kohlert
frederik kohlert

Dr Frederik Kohlert

Lecturer

Biography

Originally from Denmark, Frederik joined Napier after many years in England, Canada, and the US. His research focuses on issues of representation in visual and literary culture, with an emphasis on comics and graphic novels.

He is the author of several articles about comics on topics including trauma, anarchism, and the representation of racial whiteness. 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.

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

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.

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 cultural history of Chicago, Frederik's teaching and research interests include visual culture, film studies, genre fiction, autobiography, and various pop culture-related topics. He welcomes postgraduate students in all of these areas.

News

Events

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Editorial Activity

  • Series editor, Routledge Studies in Gender, Sexuality, and Comics
  • Series editor, Routledge Focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Comics
  • Editor, special issue of SubStance: “Rebel Lines: Comics and the Anarchist Imagination”
  • Editorial board member, Studies in Comics

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Austrian Science Fund

 

Invited Speaker

  • “From Minicomics to Graphic Novels: The Case of Chester Brown.” Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge
  • “Drawing in the Margins: Visibility and Whiteness in Autobiographical Comics.” Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis, Amsterdam
  • "'A Grotesque, Incurable Disease': Whiteness as Illness in Gabby Schulz’s Sick." School of Languages and Cultures and the United States Study Centre, University of Sydney
  • “Comics and Identity.” Norwich University of the Arts
  • “Of Mice and Krazy Kats: The History and Art of American Comics.” Second Air Division Memorial Library, Norwich
  • “What Are Comics and How Do They Work? The History and Form of Comics and Graphic Novels.” Norwich University of the Arts
  • “Staring at Comics: Disability and Visuality in Al Davison’s The Spiral Cage.” The World Art Research Seminar, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
  • “Comics and the Anarchist Imagination.” The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford
  • “Disability and Representation in Autobiographical Comics.” Transnational Comics Studies Workshop and the Initiative on Disability Studies, University of Michigan
  • “Rebel Lines: Anarchism in American Underground Comics.” American Studies Research Seminar, University of Kent

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

 

Reviewing

  • Adaptation Studies
  • Bloomsbury
  • Horror Studies
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • University Press of Mississippi
  • Routledge
  • European Comic Art

 

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Paratextual Intermediality in the Comics of Chester Brown

Book Chapter
Køhlert, F. B. (in press)
Paratextual Intermediality in the Comics of Chester Brown. In Comics and Intermediality. University Press of Mississippi

Chester Brown

Book
Køhlert, F. B. (in press)
Chester Brown. University Press of Mississippi

Pedagogy

Book Chapter
Køhlert, F. B. (2022)
Pedagogy. In E. La Cour, S. Grennan, & R. Spanjers (Eds.), Key Terms in Comics Studies (233). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-74974-3

Style

Book Chapter
Køhlert, F. B. (2022)
Style. In E. La Cour, S. Grennan, & R. Spanjers (Eds.), Key Terms in Comics Studies (309-310). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-74974-3

Close-up

Book Chapter
Køhlert, F. B. (2022)
Close-up. In E. La Cour, S. Grennan, & R. Spanjers (Eds.), Key Terms in Comics Studies (54). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-74974-3

Drawing Chicago: Chris Ware’s Graphic City

Book Chapter
Køhlert, F. B. (2021)
Drawing Chicago: Chris Ware’s Graphic City. In F. B. Køhlert (Ed.), Chicago: A Literary History (370-386). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108763738.027

Introduction: The Literary History of Chicago

Book Chapter
Køhlert, F. B. (2021)
Introduction: The Literary History of Chicago. In Chicago: A Literary History (1-14). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108763738.001
This chapter outlines the literary history of Chicago from the city’s inception to the present day. Guided by the idea of Chicago as the crossroads of modern America, the chap...

Chicago: A Literary History

Book
Køhlert, F. B. (2021)
Chicago: A Literary History. Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108763738
Chicago occupies a central position in both the geography and literary history of the United States. From its founding in 1833 through to its modern incarnation, the city has ...

In the Cards: Collaboration and Comics-Making in the Traditional English Classroom

Book Chapter
Køhlert, F. B., & Sousanis, N. (2020)
In the Cards: Collaboration and Comics-Making in the Traditional English Classroom. In S. E. Kirtley, A. Garcia, & P. E. Carlson (Eds.), With Great Power Comes Great Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning, and Comics (226-238). University Press of Mississippi. https://doi.org/10.14325/mississippi/9781496826046.003.0014
Linking theory and practice, Frederik Byrn Køhlert and Nick Sousanis offer myriad examples of what their co-teaching approach with and through comics looks like. Sharing promp...

“A Grotesque, Incurable Disease”: Whiteness as Illness in Gabby Schulz’s Sick

Journal Article
Køhlert, F. B. (2020)
“A Grotesque, Incurable Disease”: Whiteness as Illness in Gabby Schulz’s Sick. Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, 4(2), 199-220. https://doi.org/10.1353/ink.2020.0018
In Sick, his 2016 memoir about suffering from a mysterious illness, Gabby Schulz depicts himself as experiencing extreme pain, which he depicts on the page in the shape of mon...

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Logan Scott: “Ecosystemic Writing: A Multi-Modal Approach to the Representation of Climate Change in Fiction” (PhD in Professional Practice, 2021–)
  • Cassia Hayward-Fitch: “I Was Drawn This Gay: Queer Community Activism in the Serial Comics of Alison Bechdel and Howard Cruse” (PhD, 2021–)
  • Morénike Giwa Onaiwu: “Bringing Fire to the People: Activist Scholarship, Creative Collaboration, and International Advocacy through the Lens of Black Disability Studies” (PhD by Publication, 2022)
  • Alexander Turton: "Sunbeam Braid: Verbal Solidarity and Quantitative Approaches to Comics Theory and Criticism" (PhD, 2021)
  • Francis Agnoli: "Animating Race: Seeing and Hearing Race in Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra" (PhD, 2019)