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Dr. Alexandra Effe

Personal Information

Personal Information

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Ludwigsplatz, Room 702

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Research Interests

  • literary and narrative theory
  • metanarration, metafiction
  • fictionality and factuality
  • autobiography and life-writing
  • narrative ethics
  • contemporary world literatures in English

Background and Current Research

Background and Current Research

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the GCSC and a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, Oxford University.

Before joining the GCSC in 2016, I studied and conducted research at Freiburg University, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, the University of Oxford, and Queen Mary University of London. My doctoral thesis explored the narratological concept of metalepsis on the basis of J.M. Coetzee's self-reflexive oeuvre, investigating the relationship between author, text, and reader, and between art and life. This research was funded by a Queen Mary University of London Principal's Studentship.

I have taught courses on narrative theory, prose, and poetry, and acted as editor of the bilingual journal eTransfers for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, hosted by the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations at Queen Mary University of London.

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and a member of the International Society for the Study of Narrative and of the European Narratology Network.

Currently, I am writing my second monograph, exploring forms and functions of self-reflexive autobiographies or novels in autobiographical form from a diachronic perspective. My specific interest is in these texts' thematization and use of fictionality. I am also working on a larger interdisciplinary project on the rhetoric of self-narration.

Publications (selection)

Publications (selection)

Publications (selection)

 

  • “Metalepsis and/as Hermeneutics.” DIEGESIS 6.2 (2017): 203-206.
  • J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Narrative Transgression: A Reconsideration of Metalepsis. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
  • “Fighting Real Fires with Fictional Flames: J. M. Coetzee’s Literary Response to Political and Discursive Crises.” Literature and Crises: Conceptual Explorations and Literary Negotiations. Ed. Ansgar Nünning (forthcoming)
  • “Coetzee’s Summertime as a Metaleptic Conversation.” JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory 47.2 (2017): 252-275.
  • „J. M. Coetzee and the Politics of Style.“ English Studies 97.6 (2016): 681-682