Erik Kongshaug

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Phone: (949) 824-6521

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Fiction, Literary Journalism, History Writing
Research Abstract
Erik Kongshaug has published short stories in the Santa Monica Review and elsewhere; essays on Jamaica Kincaid, Upton Sinclair and the Muckrakers for Scribner’s and Oxford reference books; as well as one novel, The Path, exploring bicentennial US society from a child’s perspective.

At present he is writing a historical novel centered on the year 1956, exploring character relationships embroiled in the connection between European modernism and black, Jim Crow cultural experience during the “Beat” moment of American identity formation. At the same time, he is writing (and still researching) a larger work of literary non-fiction about the history and culture of the blues harmonica entitled, Voice Box for a Sorrow Song’s Soul: The blues harmonica’s inconsonant story, from the Age of Enlightenment to the Digital Age.
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