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Eva von Contzen


Professional Employment

Since 10/2017

Junior Professor (Tenure Track), English Literature, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg

10/2015–09/2017

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Chair Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik (English Literature)

03/2013–09/2015

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Ruhr-University Bochum, Chair Prof. Dr. L. A. J. R. Houwen (Medieval English Literature and Culture)

10/2012–02/2013

Assistant Professor (Substituting), Department of English, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Chair Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik (English Literature)

04/2009–08/2012

Research Assistant [Wiss. Mitarbeiterin], collaborative research project Marco Girolamo Vida’s Christiad (critical edition and commentary; funded by the German Research Foundation), Department of Classical Philology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Chair Prof. Dr. Reinhold Glei

 

I have taught a variety of courses and supervised B.A. and M.A. theses on (aspects of) English literature, narrative theory / narratology, literary history, and medieval literature. 

Also, I am a member of the advisory board of Beiträge für mediävistische Erzählforschung (BmE). https://ojs.uni-oldenburg.de/ojs/index.php/bme

 Together with Amanda Gerber and Martha Rust, I run a blog devoted to lists: https://listology.blog

 

Education

12/2012

Ph.D. (summa cum laude)

Thesis title: “Of Sinners and Saints. Towards a Pragma-Narratological Approach to the Scottish Legendary

2006–2007

Visiting Student, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

2004–2009

B.A. and M.A. English and Classics, Ruhr-University Bochum

 

Projects

Fellowships, Grants, and Memberships

Since 04/2020

 02/2018–04/2018

Member of the “Junges Kolleg” of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz (The Academy of Science and Literature, Mainz) 

Visiting Professor, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

Since 2016

Member of the Young Academy of Europe (Academia Europeana)

2016

Postdoctoral Feodor Lynen-Stipend, 12 months-stay at the University of St Andrews (rejected due to the funding received from the ERC in the same year)

2016

Winner of the Phelan Prize for the Best Essay in Narrative for “Why Medieval Literature Does Not Need the Concept of Social Minds”

2015–2016

Member of the Intercontinental Academia (University-Based Institutes for Advanced Studies); exchanges to Sao Paolo and Nagoya

2015–2016

Member of the “Junges Kolleg” of the Nordrheinwestfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste (North Rhine Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts)

2014–2016

Stipend of the FAST TRACK programme (Excellence and Leadership Skills for Outstanding Women in Science), Robert Bosch Stiftung

2013–2014

External Junior Fellowship, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)

 

Publications

Monographs

  1. The Scottish Legendary. Towards a Poetics of Hagiographic Narration. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016.

 

Editions

  1. Marco Girolamo Vida, Christias. Bd. 1: Einleitung, Edition und Übersetzung, Bd. 2: Kommentar. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag: Trier, 2013. (co-edited with Reinhold F. Glei, Wolfgang Polleichtner, and Michael Schulze Roberg)

 

Edited Volumes

  1. Enacting the Bible in Late Medieval and Early Modern Drama. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020. (co-edited with Chanita Goodblatt)
  2. Handbuch Historische Narratologie. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2019. (co-edited with Stefan Tilg)
  3. Narratologie und mittelalterliches Erzählen. Autor, Erzähler, Perspektive, Zeit und Raum. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2018. (co-edited with Florian Kragl)
  4. Risikogesellschaften. Literatur- und geschichtswissenschaftliche Perspektiven. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2018. (co-edited with Tobias Huff and Peter Itzen)
  5. Sanctity as Literature in Medieval Britain. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015. (co-edited with Anke Bernau)

 

Edited Issues of Journals

  1. Special issue in Beiträge zur mediävistischen Erzählforschung (2019) on “Historische Narratologie: Werkstattberichte” (guest editor).
  2. Special issue in Style 50.3 (2016) on “Lists in Literature from the Middle Ages to Postmodernism.” (guest editor)
  3. Special issue in Narrative 23.2 (2015) on “Social Minds in Factual and Fictional Narration.” (co-edited with Max Alders)
  4. Special issue in Medievalia et Humanistica 41 (2015) on “Scottish Identity.” (co-edited with Luuk Houwen)

 

Articles

  1. “Theorising Lists in Literature: Towards a Listology.” Lists and Catalogues in Ancient Literature and Beyond. Towards a Poetics of Enumeration. Eds. Rebecca Lämmle, Cédric Scheidegger Lämmle, and Katharina Wesselmann. Berlin: de Gruyter. Forthcoming 2020.
  2. “Fictionality before Fictionality? Historicizing a Modern Concept.” Arcadia. Forthcoming 2020. (with Stefan Tilg)
  3. Cum tacet, clamat? Silence und der Diskurs des Heiligen.” [‘Cum tacet, clamat? Silence and the Discourse of the Holy.’] Heldris de Cornouailles: Roman de Silence. Eds. Inci Bozkaya et al. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. Forthcoming 2020.
  4. “Die Provokation des Heiligen: Märtyrerinnen und ihre Machtkämpfe.” [‘The Provocation of the Holy: Female Martyrs and their Power Plays’] Verbale Höflichkeit in mittelalterlichen Texten. Eds. Brigitte Burrichter and Nine Miedema. Berlin: de Gruyter. (Historische Dialogforschung 3). Forthcoming 2020.
  5. “Embodiment and Joint Attention: An Enactive Reading of Middle English Cycle Plays.” The Bible in Late Medieval and Early Modern Drama. Eds. Eva von Contzen and Chanita Goodblatt. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020. 43-62.
  6. “A List Is A List Is A List – Between the Cognitive and the Ethical in Researching Lists in Literature.” Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 1/2 (2018, for 2020): 155-64.
  7. “On the (Epic) List: Catalogues of Heroes and Literary Form from Homer to Omeros.” Pontes IX: Antikes Heldentum in der Moderne. Ed. Stefan Tilg. Freiburg: Rombach, 2019. 231-55.
  8. “The Factual in the Middle Ages.” Narrative Factuality. A Handbook. Eds. Monika Fludernik and Marie-Laure Ryan. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2019. 625-34.
  9. “Theorien und Praktiken: Mittelalter.” // “Forschungsbericht Anglistik / Medieval English Studies.“ Handbuch Historische Narratologie. Eds. Eva von Contzen and Stefan Tilg. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2019. 11-19; 285–88.
  10. “Experience, Affect, and Literary Lists.” Partial Answers 16.2 (2018): 315-27.
  11. “Wer bin ‘Ich’ und wenn ja, wie viele? Narrative Inszenierungen des Ichs in England und Schottland.” Von sich selbst erzählen: Historische Dimensionen des Ich-Erzählens. Eds. Sonja Glauch and Katharina Philipowski. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2018. 63-97.
  12. “Narrative and Experience in Medieval Literature: Author, Narrator, and Character Revisited.” Narratologie und mittelalterliches Erzählen. Autor, Erzähler, Perspektive, Zeit und Raum. Eds. Eva von Contzen and Florian Kragl. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2018. 61-80.
  13. “Diachrone Narratologie und historische Erzählforschung. Eine Bestandsaufnahme und ein Plädoyer.” [‘Diachronic Narratologe and Historical Narrative Theory. Status quo and a Plea’] Beiträge zur mediävistischen Erzählforschung 1 (2018): 18-38.
  14. “‘Both Close and Distant’: Experiments of Form and the Medieval in Contemporary Literature.” Frontiers of Narrative 3.2 (2017): 289-303.
  15. “Dido’s Words. Representing Speech and Consciousness in Ancient and Medieval Narrative.” How to Do Things with Narrative: Cognitive and Diachronic Perspectives. Eds. Jan Alber and Greta Olson. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2017. 79-92.
  16. “Die Affordanzen der Liste.” [‘The Affordances of the List’] Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik 3 (2017): 317-26.
  17. “Listen im Transferprozess: Zur englischen und deutschen Rabelais-Übersetzung.” [‘Lists in Transition: On the English and German Translation of Rabelais’] Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch 58 (2017): 193-220.
  18. “Emotion und Handlungsmotivation in Sir Tristrem.” [‘Emotion and Plot Motivation in Sir Tristrem’] Emotion und Handlung im Artusroman. Eds. Cora Dietl, Christoph Schanze, Friedrich Wolfzetter, Lena Zudrell. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2017. 229-42.
  19. “Grenzfälle des Erzählens: Die Liste als einfache Form.” [‘On the Margins of Narrative: The List as Simple Form’] Komplexität und Einfachheit. Villa Vigoni-Symposion 2015. Ed. Albrecht Koschorke. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2017. 221-39.
  20. “Unnatural Narratology and Premodern Narratives: Historicizing a Form.” Journal of Literary Semantics 146 (2017): 1-23.
  21. “Die Lust am Lesen. Parodie in den Vorreden englischer Übersetzungen antiker Romane.” [‘The Pleasure of Reading. Parody in the Prefaces to English Translations of Ancient Novels’] Parodie und Verkehrung. Formen und Funktionen spielerischer Verfremdung und spöttischer Verzerrung in Texten des Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit. Eds. Seraina Plotke and Stefan Seeber. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016. 111-31.
  22. “The Limits of Narration: Lists and Literary History.” Style 50.3 (2016): 241-60.
  23. “Why Medieval Literature Does Not Need the Concept of Social Minds: Exemplarity and Collective Experience.” Narrative 23.2 (2015, Special Issue “Social Minds in Factual and Fictional Narration”): 140-53.
  24. “Narrating Vernacular Sanctity: The Scottish Legendary as a Challenge to the ‘Literary Turn’ in Fifteenth-Century Hagiography.” Sanctity as Literature in Medieval Britain. Eds. Eva von Contzen und Anke Bernau. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015. 172-90.
  25. “Introduction: Sanctity as Literature.” Sanctity as Literature in Medieval Britain. Eds. Eva von Contzen und Anke Bernau. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015. 1-17.
  26.  “Writing Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland.” Medievalia et Humanistica 41 (2015): 1-6. (with Luuk Houwen)
  27. “Collective Experience in Narrative: Conclusion and Proposals.” in Narrative 23.2 (2015, Special Issue “Social Minds in Factual and Fictional Narration”): 226-29. (with Max Alders)
  28. “Why We Need a Medieval Narratology: A Manifesto.” Diegesis: Interdisciplinary E-Journal for Narrative Research 3.2 (2014): 1-21.
  29. “Saints’ Lives as Narrative Art? Towards a Pragma-Narratological Approach to the Scottish Legendary.Linguistics and Literary Studies: Interfaces, Encounters, Transfers. Eds. Monika Fludernik and Daniel Jacob. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014. 171-97.
  30. “’I still retain the Empire of my Minde’: Thomas Ross’s Continuation of Silius Italicus (1661; 1672).” Medievalia et Humanistica 39 (2014): 25-46.
  31. “Heiligkeit als narratives Konstrukt: Die kommunikative Situation in ausgewählten Heiligenviten des englischen Mittelalters.” [‘Sanctity as a Narrative Construct: The Communicative Situation in Selected English Saints’ Legends’] Gottes Werk und Adams Beitrag. Eds. Thomas Honegger, Gerlinde Huber-Rebenich, and Volker Leppin. Das Mittelalter. Beihefte. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014. 113-27.
  32. “Marco Polo in the Scottish Legendary (XXXVI, ll. 755-810).” Notes & Queries 60.2 (2013): 196-99.
  33. “Die Verortung eines Nicht-Ortes. Der fiktionale Raum in Thomas Morus’ Utopia.” [‘Locating a No-Place. Fictional Space in Thomas More’s Utopia.’] Neulateinisches Jahrbuch 13 (2011): 33-56.

 

Further Publications

  1. “Chaucers kulinarische Pilgerreise. Essen und Erzählen im englischen Mittelalter.“ Gegessen? Essen und Gedächtnis in den Literaturen der Welt. Eds. Caspar Battegay, Lena Henningsen, and Kai Wiegandt. Neofelis: Berlin, 2019. 91–104.
  2. Entries “Saint Christopher”, “Saint Cuthbert”, “Saint Helena”, and “Saint Denis”. The Chaucer Encyclopedia. Ed. Richard Newhauser. Oxford: Blackwell. Forthcoming.
  3. Entry “The Scottish Legendary.” Encyclopedia of British Medieval Literature. Eds. Sian Echard and Robert Rouse. Malden: Blackwell, 2017. 1680-81.
  4. Entry “Scottish Legendary”, The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 November 2016.
  5. “Homo narrans.” The Future We Want/Burn After Reading. Eds. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Eileen A. Joy, and Myra Seaman. Oliphaunt Books and punctum books, 2014. 109-11.

 

 

Recent Conference Organisation

07/2019

International conference Enumeration, Epistemology, Etcetera: Lists and List-Making in Literature and Culture, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)

07/2019

Conference Ein Ende setzen: Zum Zusammenhang von Schluss- und Konfliktmodellierungen (Co-organisation with Eva Eßlinger, German Studies/Munich), Kulturwissenschaftliches Kolleg Konstanz

03/2018

Workshop Lists in Premodern Literature, Centre for Medieval Studies, Toronto

01/2018

Workshop Reconfiguring Experientiality, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)

06/2017

Conference Historische Narratologie, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), closing conference of the interdisciplinary network “Medieval Narratology”, funded by the German Research Foundation

02/2017

International conference The Bible in Late Medieval and Early Modern Drama, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (with Chanita Goodblatt, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel), funded by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung