Person

Dipl.-Gyml.

Julia Vaeßen

Research and Teaching Assistant, Website Coordinator

Julia Vaeßen
Chair of British Literature

Address

Room 204

Kármánstr. 17-19

52062 Aachen

Contact

workPhone
Phone: +49 241 80 96353
Fax: +49 241 80-92656

Office Hours during the Term Break

Tuesday, 1st August, 9-10.30h
and by appointment
Please sign up for my office hours using the sign-up sheet on my door or send me an e-mail.
 

PhD Project

"The Role of Cultural Models in Literary Character Construction" (working title),
Supervisors PD Dr. Sven Strasen und Prof. Dr. Peter Wenzel

Research Interests

  • cognitive approaches to literature and culture
  • narratology, reception theory
  • contemporary British fiction

Publications

Kutsch, Caroline, Julia Vaeßen and Sven Strasen. Forthcoming. "T-Rex – Triggers of Reader Emotion and Experientiality: Combining Empirical Literary Studies, Corpus Linguistics and Affective Computing." In Experiencing Fictional Worlds, edited by Elizabeth Stewart-Shaw and Benedict Neurohr. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Vaeßen, Julia, and Sven Strasen. 2015. “A History of Anthony in 3 1/2 Stories: History, Memory, and Fabulation in Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending.” In Last Things: Essays on Ends and Endings, edited by Gavin Hopps, Stella Neumann, Sven Strasen, and Peter Wenzel. Aachen British and American studies 19. Frankfurt am Main: Lang.

Vaeßen, Julia, and Timo Lothmann. 2014. “Do You Read Me? Metaphor as a Pathway to the Conceptualisation of Literary Identity.” International Journal of Literary Linguistics (3.1): 1–18.

Vaeßen, Julia. 2010. “Challenging Binary Oppositions: Carter Revard's 'Dragon-Watching in St. Louis' (1993).” In Discourses of Mobility - Mobility of Discourse: The Conceptualization of Trains, Cars and Planes in 19th- and 20th-Century Poetry, edited by Peter Wenzel and Sven Strasen, 185–92. Trier, Germany: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.

Talks

"A Cognitive Reader Response Theory of Literary Character." Conference Style and Response: Minds, Media, Methods. Sheffield, England, 11. November 2016. (with Sven Strasen)

"T-REX: Triggers of Reader Emotion and Experientiality". Stylistics Reading Group Symposium 2016: Experiencing Fictional Worlds. Nottingham, England, 21 June 2016. (with Sven Strasen)
Abstract

“Do You Read Me? Metaphor as a Pathway to the Conceptualisation of Literary Identity”. First International Conference on Cognition and Poetics. Osnabrück, Germany, April 2013. (with Timo Lothmann)

“A History of Anthony in 3 ½ Stories: History, Memory and Fabulation in Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending.” Colloquium on Ends and Endings in Literature and Culture, St. Andrews, Scotland. March 2012. (with Sven Strasen)

“The Influence of Cultural Models on Identity Construction in Modern British Literature.” BritCult Graduate Forum. Mainz, Germany. November 2011.

Memberships

Teaching

  • seminar/tutorial: Practical Introduction to Literary Studies (2010 – 2017)
  • seminar/tutorial: Introductory Seminar Literary Studies (2011 – 2017)
  • seminar: Cognitive Reception Theory (winter term 2017/18)
  • seminar: Poetry and Religion (winter term 2016/17)
  • seminar: Characters in Fictional Worlds (winter term 2015/16 & summer term 2016)
  • seminar: Contemporary British Theatre (winter term 2014/15)
  • seminar: The British Novel after 1980 (winter term 2013/14)
  • seminar: Memory and Identity in 19th and 20th Century Literature (winter term 2010/11)
  • research colloquium for B.A. students (winter term 2017/18)

Curriculum Vitae

01/2013 -

Research and Teaching Assistant at the Chair of English Literature, RWTH Aachen University

04/2011 – 03/2013

Assistant Lecturer at the Chair of English Literature, RWTH Aachen University

10/2010 – 03/2011

Teaching Assistant at the Chair of English Literature, RWTH Aachen University

10/2005 – 06/2010

State Examination for Teachers at Secondary Schools (Erstes Staatsexamen für das Lehramt an Gymnasien und Gesamtschulen), RWTH Aachen
subjects: mathematics, English literature and linguistics, catholic theology

Final thesis: "Memory, Identity and Unreliability in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro"

Honours/Scholarships

PhD scholarship awarded by the scholarship body of the Catholic Church in Germany (Cusanuswerk, 2011 – 2013)

undergraduate scholarship awarded by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, 2008 – 2010)

undergraduate scholarship awarded by the scholarship body of the Catholic Church in Germany (Cusanuswerk, 2007 – 2010)