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PD Dr. Jan Alber

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see  staff profile for office hours

 

From September 30, 2014 onwards, I will work at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies in Denmark.

All arrangements concern final theses still apply. I am no longer available as an examiner for oral exams.

If you need to contact me, these are my email addresses:

jan.alber@anglistik.uni-freiburg.de

janalber@aias.au.dk 

If something has to be sent to me via regular mail, please contact Luise Lohmann (KG IV, room 4207).

All the best!

 

Positions Held:

  • Professor ("Vertretungsprofessur"), Institut für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft, TU Darmstadt (summer term 2013)
  • Assistant Professor ("Akademischer Rat im Beamtenverhältnis auf Zeit"), English Department, University of Freiburg (since October 2006)

 

Education:

  • Venia legendi for "Englische Philologie," January 2013
  • Habilitation completed, December 2012 (Habilitationsschrift: "Unnatural Narrative: Impossible Worlds in Fiction and Drama"; Probevortrag: "Der orientalistische Diskurs im lyrischen Werk von Lord Byron")
  • Ph.D., English, June 2005
    University of Freiburg, Germany ('summa cum laude')
  • Erstes Staatsexamen, English and Political Science, May 2001
    University of Freiburg, Germany (final grade 'first')
  • Abitur (High School), Gymnasien I und II im Ellental (Bietigheim), May 1992

 

Scholarships and Prizes:

  • AIAS-COFUND (Marie Curie) Fellowship, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (Denmark), starting on October 1, 2014 (Project: "Ideology and Form: The Experimentalism of Recent Australian and Indian-English Prose Narratives").
  • Prize ("Habilitationspreis") for the best Habilitation in English Studies between March 2011 and March 2013 (awarded by "Deutscher Anglistenverband" for "Unnatural Narrative: Impossible Worlds in Fiction and Drama").  
  • Feodor-Lynen Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (awarded by the Humboldt Foundation) to do Research at the Universities of North Carolina at Greensboro and Maryland at College Park (Hosts: Prof. Dr. Christian Moraru and Prof. Dr. Brian Richardson), April 1, 2011 - March 31, 2012.
  • With Alice Bell. Small Research Grant from the British Academy to work on "Unnatural Narratology and Metalepsis" at Sheffield Hallam University (UK). Awarded in June 2010. Visit to Sheffield between November 9 and November 14, 2010.

  • With Rüdiger Heinze. Co-Winner of the First Competition for a Junior Research Group, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), School of Language and Literature. Organization of a Conference called "Unnatürliches Erzählen, Unnatural Narrative," Freiburg, November 2008.
  • Fellowship ("Forschungsstipendium") from the German Research Foundation (DFG), Visiting scholar, Project Narrative, Ohio State University, September 2007 – September 2008
  • Associated member of the research group "Law, Norm, and Criminalization" (funded by the German Research Foundation [DFG]), April 2004-August 2008

  • Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD), British Film Institute in London, March – April 2002
  • Erasmus scholarship, University of Reading (GB), October 1996-July 1997

 

Publications and Work in Progress:

 

Books:

  • "The Negotiation of Aboriginal Identities in Contemporary Australian Prose," work in progress.
  • Unnatural Narrative: Impossible Worlds in Fiction and Drama. Frontiers of Narrative. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. [Peer-Review]
  • Narrating the Prison: Role and Representation in Charles Dickens' Novels, Twentieth-Century Fiction, and Film. Youngstown, NY: Cambria Press, 2007. [Peer-Review]

 

 

Edited Volumes:

 

  • Special Issue der Zeitschrift Poetics Today (eds. Jan Alber, Marco Caracciolo, Stefan Iversen, Karin Kukkonen, Henrik Skov Nielsen; "Unnatural and Cognitive Approaches to Narrative"), forthcoming 2018.
  • Special Issue der Zeitschrift Storyworlds (ed. Jan Alber; "Ideology and Form: Narrative Interventions"), forthcoming 2018.
  • with  Per Krogh Hansen.. Beyond Classical Narration: Transmedial and Unnatural Challenges. Narratologia. Berlin et al.: De Gruyter, 2014. [Peer-Review]
  • with Henrik Skov Nielsen and Brian Richardson. A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative. Theory and Interpretation of Narrative. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2013. [Peer-Review]
  • with Stefan Iversen, Louise Brix Jacobsen, Rikke Andersen Kraglund, Henrik Skov Nielsen and Camilla Møhring Reestorff. Why Study Literature? Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2011. [Peer-Review]
  • with Rüdiger Heinze. Unnatural Narratives, Unnatural Narratology. Berlin et al.: De Gruyter, 2011. [Peer-Review]
  • with Monika Fludernik. Postclassical Narratology: Approaches and Analyses. Theory and Interpretation of Narrative. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2010. [Peer-Review]
  • with Frank Lauterbach. Stones of Law, Bricks of Shame: Narrating Imprisonment in the Victorian Age. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009. [Peer-Review]
  • with Monika Fludernik. Moderne – Postmoderne. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2003.

 

 

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

 

Postmodernism and Post-Postmodernism:

  • "What is Post-Postmodernism? Clashes between Reality and Fiction in Contemporary Narratives," work in progress.
  • "They-Narratives." Pronoun Use in Literature. Ed. Alison Gibbons and Andrea Macrae. London: Palgrave Macmillan, work in progress.

  • "Alterations of Voice: The Disembodiment of the Narrative Instance in Modernist and Postmodernist Fiction." Disembodied Voices – Unembodied Narration. Ed. Jeff Thoss and André Otto. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, under review.

  • "Ideological Ambivalence: A Reading of Rushdie's Midnight's Children." Narratology and Ideology: Encounters between Narrative Theory and Postcolonial Criticism. Ed. Divya Dwivedi, Henrik Skov Nielsen and Richard Walsh. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, under review.

  • "The Social Minds in Factual and Fictional We-Narratives of the Twentieth Century." Narrative 23.2 (2015): 212-25. [Peer-Review]

  • "Postmodernist Impossibilities, the Creation of New Cognitive Frames, and Attempts at Interpretation." Beyond Classical Narration: Transmedial and Unnatural Challenges. Ed. Jan Alber and Per Krogh Hansen. Narratologia. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2014. 261-80. [Peer-Review]

  • "Unnatural Narrative Theory: The Systematic Study of Anti-Mimeticism." Literature Compass 10.5 (2013): 449-60. [Peer-Review]

  • "Unnatural Narratology and the Retrogressive Temporality in Martin Amis's Time's Arrow." New Approaches to Narrative: Cognition, Culture, History. Ed. Vera Nünning. Trier: WVT, 2013. 43-56.

  • "The 'Moreness' or 'Lessness' of 'Natural' Narratology: Samuel Beckett's "Lessness" Reconsidered." Style 36.1 (2002): 54-75. [Peer-Review] Wiederabdruck in Short Story Criticism 74 (2004): 113-24. [Peer-Review]

  • Mit Monika Fludernik. "Einleitung." Moderne – Postmoderne. Hgg. Jan Alber und Monika Fludernik. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2003. 1-15.

 

Charles Dickens:

  • "Darkness, Light, and Various Shades of Gray: The Prison and the Outside World in Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities." Dickens Studies Annual 40 (2009): 95-112. [Peer-Review]
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     "The Ideological Underpinnings of Prisons and their Inmates from Charles Dickens's Novels to Twentieth-Century Film." Images of Crime III: Representations of Crime and the Criminal. Hgg. Telemach Serassis, Harald Kania und Hans-Jörg Albrecht. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2009. 133-48.

  • Mit Frank Lauterbach. "Introduction." Stones of Law, Bricks of Shame: Narrating Imprisonment in the Victorian Age. Hgg. Jan Alber und Frank Lauterbach. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009. 3-24. [Peer-Review]

 

Romanticism and 18th-century Literature:

  • "Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho." Handbook of British Romanticism – Text and Theory. Hg. Ralf Haekel. Berlin: De Gruyter, work in progress.
  • "Narrating the Orient: The Brief Eastern Moments in Romantic Poetry." Narratives of Romanticism. Ed. Sandra Heinen and Katharina Rennhak. Trier: WVT, under review.
  • "What Commodities Have to Say about Consumerism: The Eighteenth-Century Novel The Adventures of a Black Coat." Material Culture, forthcoming. [Peer-Review]

  • "Innovative Eighteenth-Century Fiction: The Case of the Speaking Objects in Circulation Novels." Anglistentag 2014 Hannover: Proceedings. Ed. Rainer Emig and Jana Gohrisch. Trier: WVT, 2015. 187-202. [Peer-Review]

  • "The Specific Orientalism in Lord Byron's Poetry." Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 38.2 (2013): 107-27. [Peer-Review]

  

Australian Literature and Culture:

  • "Narrative Techniques and Ideology: Aboriginal Identities in Contemporary Non-Indigenous Australian Prose." Storyworlds (ed. Jan Alber), work in progress.
  • "Possible Worlds Theory and Alexis Wright's Carpentaria." Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology. Ed. Alice Bell and Marie-Laure Ryan. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, work in progress.
  • "Australian Travel Writing and the Construction of Otherness: Dampier, Cook, and Chatwin." Literaria Pragensia (hg. Katharina Pink), work in progress.   

  • "The Humorous Negotiation of Aboriginal Poverty: Busted Out Laughing by Dot Collard and Alexis Wright's Carpentaria." Representing Poverty in the Anglophone Postcolonial World. Ed. Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp. Bonn: V&R unipress/Bonn University Press, work in progress.

  • "Towards Resilience and Literary Virtuosity: The Negotiation of Indigenous Australian Identities in Twentieth-Century Aboriginal Prose." European Journal of English 20, accepted. [Peer-Review]

  • with Natalie Churn. "Creative Indigenous Self-Representation in Humorous Australian Popular Culture as a Vital Communication Channel for Refiguring Public Opinion." Anglistica: An Interdisciplinary Journal 17.2 (2013): 65-75. [Peer-Review]

 

New Media:

  • "The Representation of Character Interiority in Film." Emerging Vectors of Narratology. Ed. John Pier and Philippe Roussin. Berlin et al.: De Gruyter, im Erscheinen. [Peer-Review]
  • with Alice Bell. "Ontological Metalepsis and Unnatural Narratology." Journal of Narrative Theory 42.2 (2012): 166-92. [Peer-Review]
  • "Cinematic Carcerality: Prison Metaphors in Film." The Journal of Popular Culture 44.2 (2011): 217-32. [Peer-Review]

  • "Hypothetical Intentionalism: Cinematic Narration Reconsidered." Postclassical Narratology: Approaches and Analyses. Ed. Jan Alber and Monika Fludernik. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2010. 163-85. [Peer-Review]

  • "Legitimating the Prison – Reproducing Cultural Hegemonies: The Case of American Prison Movies." Euresis (2010): 171-78.   

  • with Martin Brandenstein. "'Hart aber gerecht'? Ethik und Strafen im öffentlichen Diskurs: Das Gefängnis als missbrauchtes Abschreckungsmittel am Beispiel der Kampagne gegen Raubkopierer." Bausteine zu einer Ethik des Strafens. Ed. Hans-Helmuth Gander, Monika Fludernik and Hans-Jörg Albrecht. Würzburg: Ergon, 2008. 281-301.

  • "Bodies Behind Bars: The Disciplining of the Prisoner's Body in British and American Prison Movies." In the Grip of the Law: Prisons, Trials and the Space Between. Hgg. Monika Fludernik und Greta Olson. Frankfurt: Lang, 2004. 241-69.

  • "Das Gefängnis im Hollywoodfilm: Strafvollzug zwischen Fiktion und Realität." Zeitschrift für Strafvollzug und Straffälligenhilfe 52.1 (2003): 31-40.

 

The History of Literature (from the Middle Ages to Postmodernism):

  • "'So Quick Bright Things Come to Confusion': The Interplay of Love and Power in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream," work in progress. 
  •  "Interview Conducted by Merja Polvinen: 'Peeking into the Neighbouring Grove: Speculative Fiction in the Work of Mainstream Scholars.'" Fafnir: The Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research 1.1 (2014): 61-64.
  • "Unnatural Spaces and Narrative Worlds." A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative. Ed. Jan Alber, Henrik Skov Nielsen and Brian Richardson. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2013. 45-66. [Peer-Review]
  • "Pre-Postmodernist Manifestations of the Unnatural: Instances of Expanded Consciousness in 'Omniscient' Narration and Reflector-Mode Narratives." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 61.2 (2013): 137-53. [Peer-Review]

  • "Unnatural Temporalities: Interfaces between Postmodernism, Science Fiction, and the Fantastic." Narrative Interrupted: The Plotless, the Disturbing and the Trivial in Literature. Festschrift for Pekka Tammi. Ed. Mari Hatavara, Markku Lehtimäki and Maria Mäkelä. Berlin et al.: De Gruyter, 2012. 174-91. [Peer-Review]

  • "The Diachronic Development of Unnaturalness: A New View on Genre." Unnatural Narratives, Unnatural Narratology. Ed. Jan Alber and Rüdiger Heinze. Berlin et al.: De Gruyter, 2011. 41-76. [Peer-Review]

  • with  Stefan Iversen, Louise Brix Jacobsen, Rikke Andersen Kraglund, Henrik Skov Nielsen and Camilla Møhring Reestorff. "Introduction." Why Study Literature? Ed. Jan Alber, Stefan Iversen, Louise Brix Jacobsen, Rikke Andersen Kraglund, Henrik Skov Nielsen and Camilla Møhring Reestorff. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2011. 7-22. [Peer-Review]

  • "The Ethical Implications of Unnatural Scenarios." Why Study Literature? Ed. Jan Alber, Stefan Iversen, Louise Brix Jacobsen, Rikke Andersen Kraglund, Henrik Skov Nielsen and Camilla Møhring Reestorff. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2011. 211-33. [Peer-Review]

  

Narrative Theory:

  • "Formerzählung/erzählte Form." Literarische Form. Ed. Matthias Erdbeer, Florian Kläger and Klaus Stierstorfer. Berlin et al.: De Gruyter, work in progress.
  •  with Per Krogh Hansen. "Introduction: Transmedial and Unnatural Narratology." Beyond Classical Narration: Transmedial and Unnatural Challenges. Ed. Jan Alber and Per Krogh Hansen. Narratologia. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2014. 1-14. [Peer-Review]

  • withStefan Iversen, Henrik Skov Nielsen and Brian Richardson. "What Really is Unnatural Narratology?" Storyworlds 5 (2013): 101-18. [Peer-Review]

  • "Reading Unnatural Narratives." Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies 24.2 (2013): 135-50. [Peer-Review]

  • with  Stefan Iversen, Henrik Skov Nielsen and Brian Richardson. "Introduction." A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative. Ed. Jan Alber, Henrik Skov Nielsen and Brian Richardson. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2013. 1-15. [Peer-Review] 

  • "Unnatural Narratology: Developments and Perspectives." Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift 63.1 (2013): 69-84. [Peer-Review]

  • with Stefan Iversen, Henrik Skov Nielsen and Brian Richardson. "What is Unnatural about Unnatural Narratology? A Response to Monika Fludernik." Narrative 20.3 (2012): 371-82. [Peer-Review]

  • "Jan Alber" (Interview). Narrative Theories and Poetics: Five Questions. Ed. Peer F. Bungård, Henrik Skov Nielsen and Frederik Stjernfelt. Copenhagen: Automatic Press/VIP, 2012. 11-20.

  • with Rüdiger Heinze. "Introduction." Unnatural Narratives, Unnatural Narratology. Ed. Jan Alber and Rüdiger Heinze. Berlin et al.: De Gruyter, 2011. 1-19. [Peer-Review]

  • with Monika Fludernik. "Introduction." Postclassical Narratology: Approaches and Analyses. Ed. Jan Alber and Monika Fludernik. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2010. 1-31. [Peer-Review]

  • Mit Stefan Iversen, Henrik Skov Nielsen and Brian Richardson. "Unnatural Narratives, Unnatural Narratology: Beyond Mimetic Models." Narrative 18.2 (2010): 113-36. [Peer-Review]

  • "Ethical Judgments Presuppose Minds: A Response to Henrik Skov Nielsen's Paper 'New Ethics, New Formalism.'" Amsterdam International Electronic Journal of Cultural Narratology 5 (2009). <cf.hum.uva.nl/narratology/> 

  • "Impossible Storyworlds – and What to Do with Them." Storyworlds 1 (2009): 79-96. [Peer-Review]

     

     

Handbook and Dictionary Entries:  

  • "The Narrator." Literature: An Introduction to Theory and Analysis. Ed. Lis Møller. London: Bloomsbury, work in progress.
  • "Christine Brooke-Rose: Remake." Kindler Online, 2014. www.kll-online.de/. [Peer-Review]

  • "Unnatural Narrative." The Handbook of Narratology. Vol. II. Ed. Peter Hühn, John Pier, Wolf Schmid and Jörg Schönert. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2014. 887-95. [Peer-Review]

  • with Monika Fludernik. "Mediacy [2009]." Handbook of Narratology. Vol I. Ed. Peter Hühn, John Pier, Wolf Schmid and Jörg Schönert. Berlin et al.: De Gruyter, 2014. 310-25. [Peer-Review]

  • with Henrik Skov Nielsen and Brian Richardson. "Unnatural Voices, Minds, and Narration." The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature. Ed. Joe Bray, Alison Gibbons and Brian McHale. London: Routledge, 2012. 351-67. [Peer-Review]

  • "Time's Arrow." The Literary Encyclopedia, 4. Januar 2010. [Peer-Review]

  • "Unnatural Narratives." The Literary Encyclopedia, 21. September 2009. [Peer-Review]

  • "George Farquhar: The Beaux' Stratagem." Kindlers Literatur-Lexikon. Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart and Weimar: J.B. Metzler, 2009. [Peer-Review]

  • Mit Jörg Drews. "Harold Pinter: The Homecoming." Kindlers Literatur-Lexikon. Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart and Weimar: J.B. Metzler, 2009. [Peer-Review]

  • "Narrativisation." Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Ed. David Herman, Manfred Jahn and Marie-Laure Ryan. London: Routledge, 2005. 386-7. [Peer-Review]

  • "'Natural' Narratology." Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Ed. David Herman, Manfred Jahn and Marie-Laure Ryan. London: Routledge, 2005. 394-5. [Peer-Review]

 

Translations:

 

  • with Stefan Iversen, Henrik Skov Nielsen and Brian Richardson. "Unaturlige Fortaellinger, Unnaturlig Narratologi: Hinsides Mimetiske Modeller." Kultur & Klasse 112.11 (2011): 7-32 (Danish translation of "Unnatural Narratives, Unnatural Narratology: Beyond Mimetic Models").

     

 

  • "Mahdottomat tarinamaailmat – ja mitä niillä voi tehdä." Luonnolliset ja luonnottomat kertomukset. Jälkiklassisen narratologian suuntia. Hgg. Mari Hatavara, Markku Lehtimäki und Pekka Tammi. Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 2010. 44-61 (Finish translation of "Impossible Storyworlds and What to Do with Them" – translated by Laura Karttunen).

 

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    "Hüpoteetiline kavatsuslikkus: uus vaade filminarratsioonile." Jutustamise teooriad ja praktikad. Hg. Marina Grishakova. Tartu: Kirjastus, 2010. 10-30 (Estnish translation of "Hypothetical Intentionalism: Cinematic Narration Reconsidered" – übersetzt von Birgit Laasi).

 

Bibliographies:

Schriftenverzeichnis zu Monika Fluderniks Nachruf auf Dorrit Cohn. Sonderdruck aus dem Almanach der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 162. Jahrgang. Wien, 2013. 543-46. 

 

"Bibliography of 'German' Narratology." Style 38.2 (2004): 253-72.

 

 

Reviews:

  • "Liesbeth Korthals Altes: Ethos and Narrative Interpretation." Style, forthcoming.
  • "Nora Berning: Towards a Critical Ethical Narratology." Anglia, forthcoming.

  • "Marie-Laure Ryan and Jan-Noël Thon (eds.): Storyworlds across Media." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, forthcoming.

  • "Ulrich Suerbaum: Das elisabethanische Zeitalter." Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 252.1 (2015): 238-39.

  • "Christoph Bode and Rainer Dietrich: Future Narratives: Theory, Poetics, and Media-Historical Moment." Anglistik 26.1 (2015): 180-81.  

  • "Brian Richardson (ed.): Narrative Beginnings and Caroline Levine/Mario Ortiz-Robes (eds.): Narrative Middles." Style 47.3 (2013): 397-401. 

  • "Christoph Bode: The Novel." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 60.2 (2012): 187-89.

  • "Jürgen H. Petersen: Die Erzählformen: Er, Ich, Du und andere Varianten." Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur 103.4 (2011): 656-58. 

  • "Leona Toker: Towards the Ethics of Form in Fiction: Narratives of Cultural Remission and Francesco Marroni: Victorian Disharmonies: A Reconsideration of Nineteenth-Century English Fiction." Dickens Quarterly 28.2 (2011): 168-71.  

  • "Birgit Neumann, Ansgar Nünning, and Bo Petterson: Narrative and Identity: Theoretical Approaches and Critical Analyses." Anglistik 21.2 (2010): 202-6.

  • "H. Porter Abbott: The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative (Second Edition)." Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 35.1 (2010): 131-35.

  • "Christian Moraru: Memorious Discourse: Reprise and Representation in Postmodernism." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 56.4 (2008): 409-11.
  • "Thomas Harris: Policing the City: Crime and Legal Authorities in London, 1780-1840." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 4.4 (2006): 413-14.

  • "Monika Fludernik: Echoes and Mirrorings: Gabriel Josipovici's Creative Oeuvre." Poetics Today 23.2 (2002): 363-64.

     

 

 

 Scientific Transfer:

  • "Ein postmoderner Roman, in dem die Zeit rückwärts läuft." Deutsche Universitätszeitung (duz) 70.3 (2014): 81.
  • Radiointerview mit PD Dr. Jan Alber; Echo FM (88,4), October 18, 2013, 17:35.

  • "Der Sinn des Unmöglichen: Der Freiburger Anglist Jan Alber erhält einen Preis für seine Habilitationsschrift, in der er unnatürliche Welten untersucht." Pressemitteilung der Stabsstelle Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Beziehungsmanagement der Universität Freiburg 2013. https://www.pr.uni-freiburg.de/pm/2013/pm.2013-10-09.262?set_language=en

 

  • "Bilder von einer Welt hinter Gittern. Der Anglist Jan Alber erforscht die fiktionale Darstellung von Gefängnissen." Freiburger Uni-Magazin 6 (2002): 22-23.

 

 

 

PRESENTATIONS AND PANELS:

Invited Papers:

  • Keynote: "Transmedial Narratology and Theatrical Performance." Winter School on Transmedial Narratology. Tübingen, 23.-26. Februar 2016.

  • Keynote: "Narratology Today." Uses of Narrative: New Developments in Narrative Theory, University of Gronigen (Holland), 2.-5. Februar 2016.

  • "Resilience and Experimentation in Contemporary Aboriginal Narratives." Universitetet i Oslo (Norwegen), Oktober 2015. 

 

  • "The Gothic Novel and Other Types of Experimentalism in the Eighteenth Century." The Many Faces of the Gothic, Aarhus Universitet (Dänemark), 26. Mai 2015.
  • "Transparent Minds in the Movies." Universität Trier, 5. Februar 2015. 

  • "Ideology and Form: The Experimentalism of Recent Australian and Indian-English Prose Narratives." Narrative Research Lab, Aarhus Universitet (Dänemark), 10. Dezember 2014.

 

  • "How to Analyse a Cinematic Narrative: Concepts of Film Narratology." Aarhus Universitet (Dänemark), 22. Oktober 2014.

 

 

 

 

  • "Postmoderne Literatur und kognitive Erzähltheorie - Strange Bedfellows?" Kognitive Literaturwissenschaft: Bestandsaufnahmen und Perspektiven. RWTH Aachen. July 2014.
  • "Inner Lives in Film: Cinematic Versions of Psychonarration, Free Indirect Discourse, and Direct Thought." Literaturwissenschaftliches Kolloquium des Instituts für Englische Philologie (LMU), Munich, January 2014.
  • "Character Interiority in the Movies." Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, December 2013.
  • "Die Postmoderne und das Unnatürliche." Institut für Medien und Kommuniation, Universität Hamburg, November 2013. 
  • "Unnatural Spaces and What to Do with Them." EARS. Basel, June 7, 2013.
  • "Unnatürliches Erzählen." Bonner Zentrum für transkulturelle Narratologie, 13. Juli 2012.
  • "Was sind unnatürliche Erzählungen? Zur Analyse und Interpretation von physikalischen, logischen und menschlichen Unmöglichkeiten." Welten Erzählen: Narrative Evokation des Unmöglichen. 3. Wuppertaler Graduiertenforum Narratologie. Bergische Universität Wuppertal, 14–16. Juni 2012. 
  • "Unnatural Spaces and Narrative Worlds." Time, Space, and the Unnatural. Project Narrative, Ohio State University. November 16, 2011.
  • "What is an Unnatural Narrative and Why Should We Deal with It?" Speaker Series, North Carolina State University, Raleigh. November 10, 2011.
  • "What are Unnatural Narratives?" University of Maryland (College Park). November 7, 2011.
  • "Unnatural Narratives and What To Do with Them." University of North Carolina at Greensboro, October 26, 2011.
  • "The Unnatural Across the Fiction/Non-Fiction Divide. European Narratology Network Conference. Kolding (Denmark), March 10-11, 2011.
  • "The History of the Unnatural." Narrative at the Extremes. University of Helsinki (Finland), October 4, 2010.
  • "The Search for Other Worlds – And Further Reasons to Study Literature." Why Study Literature? University of Aarhus (Denmark), October 2008.
  • "Toward the Limits of Human Cognition: Unnatural Elements in Postmodernist Storyworlds." Workshop organized by Project Narrative at Ohio State University, April 2008.

     

   Conferences: 

  • "Comparison, Inclusiveness, and Non-Hierarchical Incommensurability: Narrative Strategies in New Aboriginal Life Stories." Anglistentag, Hamburg, 21.-24. September 2016, paper accepted.
  • "Towards a New Reading Paradigm: Presence Effects, Composure, and the Capacity of 'Letting Things Be.'" IAUPE Conference, London, July 2016, paper accepted.
  • "Narrating the Impossible." Worlds in Process, TU Darmstadt, 29.-30. Januar 2016.

  • "Narrating the Orient: The Brief Eastern Episodes in Romantic Poetry." Narratives of Romanticism (Gesellschaft für englische Romantik), Wuppertal, 8.-11. October 2015, paper accepted.

  • "Ideologies and Narrative Strategies: The Narrators of Benang and Midnight's Children." Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Context (Gesellschaft für Anglophone Postkoloniale Studien), Münster, 14.-16. May 2015.

  • "Transmedial Meets Postcolonial Narratology: An Analysis of Zorba the Greek Yolngu Style by the Aboriginal Chooky Dancers." European Narratology Network Conference, Ghent (Belgien), 15.-18. April 2015.

  • "A Reading of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children." Ideology and Form, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies. Aarhus (Dänemark), 25.-26. March 2015.

  • "Indigeneity in Contemporary Australian Literature and Culture." Fellows' Seminar, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies. Aarhus (Dänemark), 23. March 2015.

  • "Ideology and Form: The Negotiation of Aboriginality in Contemporary Australian Prose." Narrative, Chicago, 5.-8. March 2015.

  • "The Disembodiment of the Narrative Instance in Postmodernist Fiction." Disembodied Voices – Unembodied Narration, Freie Universität Berlin, 21.-22. November 2014.

  • "Innovative Eighteenth-Century Fiction: The Case of the Speaking Objects in Circulation Novels." Sektion "Enlightenment Fictions – Fictions of Enlightenment" (organized by Sabine Volk-Birke), Anglistentag, September 2014 (Hanover), paper accepted.
  • "Absurd Catalogues: The Functions of Lists in Postmodernist Fiction." Lists in Literature from the Medieval to the Postmodern, FRIAS, Freiburg, June 2014. 
  • "The Social Minds in Factual and Fictional We-Narratives of the Twentieth Century: A New Typology." Social Minds in Factual and Fictional Narration. May 21-23, 2014. GRK 1767 (Faktuales und fiktionals Erzählen), Freiburg.
  • "Literary History and Postmodernism from the Perspective of the Unnatural." Narrative: An International Conference. MIT Boston, March 27-29, 2014.
  • "The Reception of Eighteenth-Century Experimentalism." ASECS, March 20-22, 2014. 
  • "Pre-Postmodernist Manifestations of the Unnatural: Instances of Expanded Consciousness in Omniscient Narration and Reflector-Mode Narratives." Narrative: An International Conference. Manchester (UK), June 27-29, 2013.
  • "Experientiality and the Unnatural" (workshop organised by Ralf Schneider and Sven Strasen). Cognition and Poetics. Osnabrück (Germany), April 25-27, 2013.
  • "The Representation of Character Interiority in Film." European Narratology Network Conference. Paris (France), March 29-30, 2013.
  • "Dickens and the Prison." Dickenstag, University of Freiburg. December 17, 2012.
  • "Impossible Narrators and Storytelling Scenarios." Narrative: An International Conference. Las Vegas, NV. March 15-17, 2012.
  • "The Unnatural Spaces in House of Leaves and The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman." ASAP 3: The Arts of the Planet. Pittburgh (PN), October 27-30, 2011.
  • With Alice Bell. "Ontological Metalepsis and Unnatural Narratology." Chair of the Panel "Emotions, Cognition, and Ethics in the Short (Short) Short Fiction of the Americas." Narrative: An International Conference. St. Louis (MO), April 7-10, 2011. 
  • "Unnatural Temporalities: Interfaces between Postmodernism, Science Fiction, and Fantasy." Narrative: An International Conference. Cleveland (OH), April 8-11, 2010.
  • "Impossible Storyworlds: An Extreme Case of Counterfactuality." Counterfactual Thinking – Counterfactual Writing. Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. Freiburg (Germany), September 28-30, 2009.
  • "Deictic Markers in Unnatural Narrative." Linguistics & Literary Studies. Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. Freiburg (Germany), July 8-10, 2009.
  • "The Significance of Logical Impossibilities." Narrative: An International Conference. Birmingham (UK), June 2009.
  • "The Diachronic Development of Unnaturalness." Unnatural Narratives, Unnatürliches Erzählen. Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. Freiburg (Germany), November 2008.   
  • Organization of the Panel "Unnatural Narrative, Unnatural Narratology: Beyond Mimetic Models?" (with Brian Richardson). Paper: "Approximating Impossibility: Unnatural Elements in Postmodernist Narrative." Narrative: An International Conference. Austin (TX), May 2008.
  • "Narratology as a First Step Towards Interpretation: The Significance of the Metaleptic Jumps and Diverse Styles in At Swim-Two-Birds." Narrative: An International Conference. Washington D.C., 15-18 March, 2007.
  • "Legitimating the Prison, Reproducing Cultural Hegemonies: The Case of the American Prison Movie" and Chair of the Panel on "Imagology." Legitimating Cultures, Cultures of Legitimacy. Bucharest (Romania), November 2006.
  • Chair of the Seminar "Narrative at the Crossroads: New Developments in Narrative Study" (with Alan Palmer). Paper: "The Cinematic Narrator and the Narrativity of Film Reconsidered." ESSE 8. London (UK), August/September 2006.
  • "Film Narratives and Metaphor." Narrative: An International Conference. Ottawa (CA), April 2006.
  • Panel Chair and Paper: "Prison, Racism, and Society: The Prison Autobiography I Am a Fugitive From a Georgia Chain Gang! and its Film Adaptation." National PCA/ACA Conference, San Diego (CA), March 2005.
  • "Interpreting the Prison: The State Penitentiary in the Film The Shawshank Redemption." National PCA/ACA Conference, San Antonio (TX), April 2004.
  • "Bodies Behind Bars: The Disciplining of the Prisoners' Bodies in British and American Prison Films." ESSE 6, Strasbourg (France), August/September 2002.

     

    Other Presentations:

  • "Unnatural Narrative: Impossible Worlds in Fiction and Drama." EARS Meeting. University of Freiburg (Germany), October 22, 2010.

  • "Risiken und Nebenwirkungen der Promotion." Milestones, Freiburg, Germany. July 31, 2010.

  • "Unnatural Narrative: Impossible Worlds in Fiction and Drama." Auto-Tutorial organized by Master Students. University of Freiburg, Germany. June 3, 2010.

  • Discussant of Henrik Skov Nielsen's paper "New Ethics, New Formalism." Mind - Narrative - Ethics (organized by the European Narratology Network). University of Hamburg (Germany), Jannuary 23-24, 2009.

  • Workshop on Experimental Writing and Brian Evenson's Short Story "Mudder Tongue" (organized by Project Narrative). Ohio State University, April 2008.
  • "Shakespeare in the Context of the Renaissance." Gymnasien I und II im Ellental, Bietigheim (Germany), March 29, 2007.
  • "Banished Behind Bars: The Representation and Role of Prisons from Charles Dickens's Novels to Twentieth-Century Film." Promotionsfeier, University of Freiburg, July 2005.

 

Organization:

  • Organisation of a guest lecture ("From Event to Node: How 'Future Narratives' Impact the Way We Conceive of the Future") by Christoph Bode with workshop. Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (Dänemark), November 2015.
  • Organisation of the section "Reading Multiraciality in Anglophone Narratives" (with Miriam Nandi). Speakers: Christoph Ehland, Nicole Falkenhayner, Julia Hoydis, Corinna Lenhardt, Felicitas Meifert-Menhard and Christine Vogt-William. Anglistentag Paderborn, September 2015.
  • Organisation of the workshop "Ideology and Form in Anglophone Narrative" at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies. Speakers: Jana Gohrisch, Stefan Iversen, Tabish Khair, Henrik Skov Nielsen, David Punter, Roy Sommer and Merle Tönnies. Aarhus (Dänemark), March 2015. 

  • Organization of the Dickensday (with Monika Fludernik). University of Freiburg, December 17, 2012. Speakers: Jan Alber, Katharina Boehm, Monika Fludernik, Barbara Korte, Norbert Lennartz, and Andrea Stiebritz.
  • Organization of an MLA-Panel on "Postmodern and Unnatural Narrative" for the International Society for the Study of Narrative. MLA, Philadelphia, PN, 2009. Speakers: Bruce Clarke, Chris Kilgore, Karin Kukkonen, and Henrik Skov Nielsen.
  • Organization of a Conference on Unnatürliches Erzählen – Unnatural Narrative (with Rüdiger Heinze). Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. Freiburg (Germany), November 2008.
  • Organization of a Symposium on Law and Literature (with Monika Fludernik). Speakers: Simon Stern and Hal Gladfelder. Freiburg, October 2006.
  • Organization of a Symposium on Free Indirect Discourse (with Monika Fludernik). Speakers: Samuli Hägg, Markku Lehtimäki, Alan Palmer, and Elena Semino. Freiburg, January 2005.
  • Organization of a Symposium on History and Narration ("Hayden White-Kolloquium") (with Monika Fludernik). Speakers: Hayden White, Uri Margolin, and Richard Walsh. Freiburg, February 2003.

 

Teaching Experience:

 

Summer Term 2014 (University of Freiburg)

Lecture: Romanticism

HS: Utopian and Dystopian Fiction

 

Winter Term 2013/14 (University of Freiburg)

Lecture: Postmodernism

HS: William Shakespeare

 

Summer Term 2013 (TU Darmstadt)

HS: The Gothic Novel

HS: Literary Theory and What to Do with It

PS: Literary History: English Poetry

PS: Postmodernism: Prose and Drama

 

Winter Term 2012/13 (University of Freiburg)

Lecture: Survey of English Literature I

HS: Trauma and Aborigines in Contemporary Australian Prose

 

Summer Term 2012 (University of Freiburg)

Lecture: Introduction to Literary Studies

PS II: James Joyce's Dubliners

 

Winter Term 2010/11(University of Freiburg)

Lecture: Survey of English Literature I

HS: Romantic Poetry

 

October 2010 (University of Tartu, Estonia)

Workshop "Narrative Interactions: Stories, Identities and Voices"

Module (four hours of teaching): Unnatural Voices and Impossible Identities

 

August 2010 (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Aarhus Summer School ("New Media, New Narratives")

Module (eight hours of teaching): How Do Films Narrate? The Strange Movies of David Lynch

 

Summer Term 2010  (University of Freiburg)       

PS I: Renaissance Sonnets

PS II: Virginia Woolf

 

Winter Term 09/10 (University of Freiburg)

PS II: Postmodern and Unnatural Narratives

Master-Colloquium: Literary Theory

 

August 2009 (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Aarhus Summer School ("Narrating the Extreme")

Module (eight hours of teaching): Approximating the Impossible: Unnatural Elements in Postmodernist Drama

 

Summer Term 09 (University of Freiburg)

HS: Charles Dickens

PS II: Literary Theory

 

February 2009 (University of Tampere, Finland)

Erasmus teacher exchange (eight hours of teaching):

Classes on "Cognitive Narratology, Film Narratology, and Unnatural Narratology"

    

Winter Term 08/09  (University of Freiburg)     

PS I: Romantic Poetry

PS II: Experimental Drama

           

Summer Term 2007 (University of Freiburg)      

PS I: The History of British Comedy

PS II: Schizophrenics, Split Personalities, and Other Deranged Minds in British and American Fiction

Tutorial (with Greta Olson): Survey of English Literature II

          

March 2007 (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)           

Erasmus teacher exchange (eight hours of teaching):

Classes on "Film Metaphors and Film Adaptations."

           

Winter Term 06/07 (University of Freiburg)    

Lecture (with Greta Olson): Survey of English Literature I (from Old English to Eighteenth-Century Literature)

Tutorial: Survey of English Literature I

           

Summer Term 2006  (University of Freiburg)   

PS I: The Prison in Charles Dickens's Mature Fiction

PS II: The Deconstruction of Traditional Story Parameters in Postmodern Fiction

 

Winter Term 05/06  (University of Freiburg)  

PS I: The Development of English Poetry from the Middle Ages to Postmodernism

PS II: Introduction to Film Analysis: The Movies of David Lynch

 

Summer Term 2005 (University of Freiburg) 

PS I: Samuel Beckett: Plays and Short Prose  

Tutorial: Survey of English Literature II (Eighteenth Century to Postmodernism)            

Before 2005            

Various tutorials (both "Survey of English Literature" and "Introduction to Literary Studies")

 

Affiliations:

  • Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
  • Deutscher Anglistenverband
  • Deutscher Hochschulverband
  • European Narratology Network
  • European Society for the Study of English
  • International Society for the Study of Narrative
  • Modern Language Association

   

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • The history of English literature from the Middle Ages to today
  • Narrative theory
  • Unnatural or impossible narratives
  • Postmodernism (prose and drama)
  • Prison narratives
  • Charles Dickens
  • Romantic poetry
  • Aborigines and Australian Culture
  • Film

References:

  • Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik, Department of English, University of Freiburg, Germany.
  • Prof. Dr. Paul Goetsch, Department of English, University of Freiburg, Germany.
  • Prof. Dr. Greta Olson. Department of English, University of Giessen.
  • Prof. Dr. David Herman, Department of English, Ohio State University, USA.
  • Prof. Dr. James Phelan, Department of English, Ohio State University, USA.
  • Prof. Dr. Brian Richardson, Department of English, University of Maryland, USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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