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Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik

Englische Literatur und Narratologie
Universität Freiburg
Okt. 2009 - Sept. 2010

Vergangene FRIAS-Aufenthalte

  • Okt. 2009 - Sept. 2010




Monika Fludernik completed her Dr.phil. at the University of Graz (Austria) in 1982. She was an assistant professor at the University of Vienna from 1984-1992, where she completed her Habilitation in 1992. Since 1994 she has been Professor of English Literature at the University of Freiburg (Germany). Her Towards a ‘Natural’ Narratology (1996) was the co-winner of the Perkins Prize of the Society for the Study of Narrative. She won the Landesforschungspreis Baden-Württemberg (State Research Prize) in 2001 and has been a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 2000 and of the Academia Europaea (London) since 2008. Besides narratology and the linguistic approach to literature, her interests include postcolonial issues, eighteenth-century aesthetics, law and literature, and medieval and Renaissance studies. She is currently working on a study of prison settings and prison narratives. A larger project deals with narrative structure in English literature between 1250 and 1750.


Selected publications



  • Fludernik, M. (2009) An Introduction to Narratology. London/New York: Routledge. [Einführung in die Erzähltheorie. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2006].
  • (2000) Echoes and Mirrorings. Gabriel Josipovici's Creative Oeuvre. Frankfurt/New York: Lang.
  • (1996) Towards a 'Natural' Narratology. London/New York: Routledge.
  • (1993) The Fictions of Language and the Languages of Fiction. The Linguistic Representation of Speech and Consciousness. London/New York: Routledge. 


  • Fludernik, M. (2003) Diaspora and Multiculturalism: Common Traditions and New Developments. Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English, 66. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • (1998) Hybridity and Postcolonialism: Twentieth-Century Indian Literature. Tübingen: Stauffenburg.
  • (1994) Second-Person Narrative. Special issue. Style 28.3. Fludernik, M., D.C. Freeman & M.H. Freeman
  • (1999) Metaphor and Beyond: New Cognitive Developments. Special issue of Poetics Today 20.3.
  • Fludernik, M. & U. Margolin (2005) German Narratology. Special issue of Style 38.2-3.
  • Fludernik, M. & G. Olson (2004) In the Grip of the Law: Prisons, Trials and the Space Between. Frankfurt/New York: Lang.
  • Fludernik, M. (2007) "Identity/Alterity." The Cambridge Companion to Narrative. Ed. D. Herman. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007. 260-73.
  • (2005) “The Metaphorics and Metonymics of Carcerality: Reflections on Imprisonment as Source and Target Domain in Literary Texts.” English Studies 86 (2005): 226-44.
  • (2005) “Metaphoric (Im)Prison(ment) and the Constitution of a Carceral Imaginary.” Anglia 123 (2005): 1-25.
  • (2003) "The Diachronization of Narratology." Narrative 11.3 (2003): 331-48.
  • (2003) "Metanarrative and Metafictional Commentary." Poetica 35 (2003): 1-39.
  • (2003) "Scene Shift, Metalepsis, and the Metaleptic Mode." Style 37.4 (2003): 382-400.
  • (2001) "New Wine in Old Bottles? Voice, Focalization and New Writing." NLH/New Literary History 32.3 (2001): 619-38.
  • (2001) "William Godwin’s Caleb Williams: The Tarnishing of the Sublime." ELH/English Literary History 68.4 (Winter 2001): 857-96.
  • (2000) "Genres, Text Types, or Discourse Modes — Narrative Modalities and Generic Categorization." Style 34.2 (2000): 274-92. (special issue, ed. Brian Richardson)
  • (1999) “Carceral Topography: Spatiality and Liminality in the Literary Prison.” Textual Practice 13.1: 43-77.
  • (1999) "Cross-Mirrorings of Alterity: The Colonial Scenario and its Psychological Legacy." ARIEL 30.3 (1999): 29-62.
  • (1999) "Suttee Revisited: From the Iconography of Martyrdom to the Burkean Sublime." NLH/New Literary History 30.2 (1999): 411-37.
  • (1991) "Shifters and Deixis: Some Reflections on Jakobson, Jespersen, and Reference." Semiotica 86.3-4 (1991): 193-230.

 FRIAS Research Project

"Metaphor and Ideology: Knowledge, Representation, and Figurative Impact"

Starting out with results from previous work on prison metaphors, this project is designed to widen the focus in order to propose some more general conclusions regarding the role of metaphor in discourse and of how metaphor relates to ideology. The aim is to arrive at some recurrent patterns that document how imagery both sustains and undermines ideologically fraught grooves of association and emotional investment. The intended research can be positioned against Lakoffian metaphor theory, blending theory, and work on ideology. Of particular concern will be the way in which metaphors create, transport or undermine ideology in them. Preliminary results from the analysis of prison imagery corroborate the notion that vast creative potential exists where metaphors are used in literary contexts and that a large variety of uses can be observed even for the same type of metaphors. However, the question that may be raised concerns the use of metaphor in non-literary contexts. Therefore, comparative research of this kind will be undertaken in the project. The project tries to outline the status of metaphor in the production and management of ideology. Culturally determined ideas about crime and punishment, about enclosure and physical restraint operate as an ideology that interpellates the reader. The ways in which metaphors both corroborate and modify or even undermine the belief systems which they are invoking in the reader's mind will be of prime interest in this research. The project also centrally concerns questions of knowledge and representation. Metaphors occupy an interesting position of fictive representation within fictional or nonfictional modes or genres of representation. Thus metaphor introduces a meta-representative level of imagery that resets the terms of the primary representational level. In this sense, metaphor also centrally relates to knowledge: by undermining received ways of thinking, metaphor could be said to rewrite or modify knowledge, particularly if the term knowledge is taken to embrace perception and imaginative associational projection. Metaphors thus create, sustain and modify knowledge evaluatively.