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Monika Fludernik, Mag. phil. Dr. phil., Univ.-Doz., Professor

born: 6 March, 1957 in Graz (Austria)

nationality: Austrian 


German (native language), English, French, Russian (school level), Japanese (beginner). Classical languages: Latin, Greek, Sanskrit.


  • graduation from Austrian grammar school ("Gymnasium") in 1975
  • immatriculation at the University of Graz fall 1975.
  • Subjects: English language & literature, Indo-European Philology, Mathematics, History, later French.
  • Ph.D. (Dr. phil.): in English and Indo-European Philology awarded September 1982.
  • Dissertation (supervisor: F.K. Stanzel): "Erzähler- und Figurenrede in James Joyces Ulysses." (‘Narrator’s and Characters’ Voices in Ulysses.’)
  • M.A. (Mag.phil.) in English and History, awarded November 1983.
  • Univ.-Dozent (tenure) for English and American Literature and Text Linguistics, December 1992, Univ.of Vienna.



  • 1980-1981: Research grant by the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research to Oxford. Dissertation inofficially supervised by Richard Ellmann.
  • 1987-1988: Erwin Schrödinger Auslandsstipendium. Research grant to use library facilities at Harvard.
    Visiting Scholar at Department of Comparative Literature, Harvard University.
  • 1990-1991: Fellow at the National Humanities Center at Research Triangle Park, NC, funded by the American Council of Learned Societies and the A.W. Mellon Foundation.
  • 1993-1994: Humboldt Fellowship for project on the historical present tense and narrative structure in early Modern English, Freiburg i. Breisgau (Germany).
  • 2001: Michaelmas Term. Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.
  • 2009-2010: Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
  • 2014-2015: Fellow at the Institut d'Études Avancées (Paris)
  • 2019-2020: Internal Senior Fellowship at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)


  • Perkins Prize 1996 for Towards a ‘Natural’ Narratology (ex aequo with Judith Roof for her Come as You Are): awarded at SSNL conference at Northwestern University in April 1998.
  • Landesforschungspreis des Landes Baden-Württemberg 2001. National Research Award of the state of Baden-Württemberg.



  • Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2000-)
  • Elected Member of the Academia Europaea, London (2008-) 

Academic Affiliations

  • 1977-1978: tutor for German at the Oxford Polytechnic
  • 1979-1980; 1983-1984: graduate assistant in the English Department of Graz University ("Studienassistent" and "Vertragsassistent")
  • 1984-1992: "Assistent" (assistant professor) at Vienna University, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
  • 1992 December: tenured as Universitäts-Dozent (associate professor)
  • 1994 October -: Professor of English (endowed chair position), University of Freiburg/Germany



  • 1994:   University of Freiburg/Germany (accepted)
  • 1999:   University of Vienna (rejected)
  • 2004:   shortlisted Regius Chair, University of Glasgow
  • 2005:   shortlisted chair for General and Comparative Literature, University of  Amsterdam
  • 2010:   Freie Universität Berlin/Germany (rejected)



  • 1995-96: Pro-Dean of the Philosophische Fakultät III
  • 1999-2000: Dean of the Philosophische Fakultät III
  • Chair of the English Department (1997-1998, 2004-2005, 2007-2008) and since 1995 several times member of the Faculty Board.


Offices Held

  • 1986: Secretary of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung von Nordamerikastudien an der Universität Wien
  • 1986-87: Secretary of the Austrian Association for American Studies (replaced in July 1987 before leaving for U.S.).
  • 1986-2003: Member of the Görres-Gesellschaft Advisory Board.
  • 1997-99 & 2006-08: Board member of the Deutscher Anglistenverband.
  • 1997-2006: President of IALS (International Association of Literary Semantics).
  • 1996-2000: Vice Chair of the new Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 541 ("Identitäten und Alteritäten") at Freiburg.
  • 2000-2003: Chair of the Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 541.
  • 2002-2006: Elected member of the University Senate
  • 2008 - 2012 :  Director of the graduate school "Geschichte und Erzählen" (graduate school "History and Narrative")
  • 2012 - 2021 : Director of the graduate school "Factual and Fictional Narration"
  • 2013 - 2020: member of the collaborative research centre (SFB 1015) on Otium ("Muße"), member of the directing board and Konzeptgruppe (2012-2020)
  • 2019 - 2024: Reinhart-Koselleck project "Diachronic Narratology"


Editorship and Editorialboard Membership

Editor of the book series:

  • Handbücher zum literaturwissenschaftlichen Studium (with Ansgar Nünning, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier) (1995–2001)
  • Literary and Cultural Studies, Theory and the (new) Media (with Sieglinde Lemke) (2011 ff.)
  • Faktuales und Fiktionales Erzählen (2014 ff.)
  • Otium (with Thomas Böhm, Elisabeth Cheauré, Gregor Dobler, Günter Figal, Hans W. Hubert, and, from 2017, Peter-Philipp Riedl) (2015 ff.)


On the editorial board of the book series:

  • Narratologia. Contributions to Narrative Theory (de Gruyter)


On the editorial board of the following journals:

  • Style (1994 ff.)
  • Language and Literature(1997 ff.)
  • International Review of Modernism (1997 ff.)
  • Migrations & Identities (new journal, Liverpool UP, 2008 ff.)
  • Anzeiger der philosophisch-historischen Klasse der Österr. Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • Arcadia (2013 ff.)


On the advisory board of the following journals:

  • New Literary History (2001-2009)
  • RANAM (2002 ff.)
  • Poetics Today (2007 ff.)
  • Textus (journal of the AIA, Associazione Italiana di Anglistica), (2008 ff)
  • member of Comité Scientifique International of the journal GRAAT (Groupe de Recherches Anglo-Américainesde Tours) (2006 ff.)



Serving as referee for the following journals and research centers:

  • Style; Journal of Pragmatics; Language and Literature; Eighteenth-Century Fiction; Poetics Today
  • Member of the Academic Committee for the Helsinki Centre of Advanced Studies/Helsinki Colloqium (awards research fellowships) 1999-2002.
  • Refereeing also for DFG (German Research Council); Evangelisches Studienwerk; Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes; Helsinki Academy of Sciences; the Leverhulme Trust; FWF Vienna.
  • External evaluator of Helsinki University departments of Humanities (October 2005).
  • External evaluator for the Exellence Initiative of the German Research Council in July 2006.
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) for the Courant Research Centre "Multi-layered Text Protocol: Micro and Macro Level Structures in Written Discourse" (July 2009). 
  • Refereeing for Schweizerischer Nationalfonds
  • Refereeing for the following publishers (manuscripts and proposals): Oxford Univ. Press, Palgrave, Routledge and de Gruyter



Lecture Series

  • Ringvorlesung "Das achtzehnte Jahrhundert" Summer Term 1997
  • Ringvorlesung "Die Romantik" Summer Term 1998
  • Ringvorlesung "Fin de siècle" Winter Term 1999/2000
  • Ringvorlesung "Moderne/Postmoderne" Winter Term 2000/2001


  • Second International Conference of the International Association for Literary Semantics (IALS), 1-4 September 1997, Freiburg
  • Conference "Grenzgänger": first conference of the new SFB 541 ("Identitäten und Alteritäten") February 1998
  • Conference "Migration and Multiculturalism" (Baden-Württemberg Symposium, October 2002)
  • Conference "Current Trends in Narratology" June 14-16, 2007, Freiburg
  • Conference "Linguistics & Literary Studies: Interfaces, Encounters, Transfers" July 8-10, 2009, FRIAS, Freiburg
  • Anglistentag Freiburg 2011 (annual conference of German scholars of English) September 2011 (co-organized with Bernd Kortmann)
  • Academia Europaea conference “Symmetry, Proportion and Seriality: The Semantics of Mirroring and Repetition in Science and the Arts” (coorganised with Martin Middeke and Andreas Buchleitner), May 26-28, 2016
  • Conference of contributors to the Handbook: Narrative Factuality in July 2017 (handbook to be published 2018 with de Gruyter)
  • Conference "Lying and Other Fictions", February 2019

Smaller Colloquia

  • Colloquium on the Noble Savage (November 1999)  
  • Colloquium with Hayden White (February 2003)
  • Colloquium on Free Indirect Discourse (January 2005)
  • Colloquium on Law and Literature (February 2005)
  • Colloquium "Metaphor and Ideology", with Zoltán Kövesces (June 2010)
  • Podium Discussion "Abuse of Power in Prisons" (July 2004)
  • Numerous colloquia in the context of the graduate school "Factual and Fictional Narration", e.g. May 2017, workshop of "Authenticity"


  • Initiator of EARS (English and American Rhenish Scholars): regular once-a-term meetings between English Departments of Mulhouse, Strasbourg, Basel, and Freiburg.

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