Person

Univ.-Prof. Dr.

Jan Alber

Jan Alber
Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Englischsprachige Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft mit dem Schwerpunkt Kognition

Address

Building: 1070

Room: 212a

Kármánstrasse 17/19

52062 Aachen

Contact

workPhone
Phone: +49 241 80 96101
Fax: +49 241 80 92656

Consultation-hours during the semester break

friday 04.08. changed to 14-15 p.m.
tuesday 08.08., 10-11 a.m.
wednesday 30.08., 10-11 a.m.
tuesday, 26.09., 10-11 a.m.
wednesday, 04.10., 10-11 a.m.
 

1. Acquired Research Funding

  • COFUND (Marie Curie) Research Fellowship, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (Denmark), October 2014 – September 2016
  • Member of the Research Group "Medieval Narratology" (funded by the German Research Foundation), October 2014 – September 2017
  • Feodor-Lynen Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation), Universities of Maryland at College Park and North Carolina at Greensboro (USA), April 2011 – March 2012
  • Small Research Grant, British Academy, Sheffield Hallam University (UK), June 2010
  • Research Fellowship from the German Research Foundation, Visiting scholar, Project Narrative, Ohio State University (USA), September 2007 – August 2008
  • Associated member of the research group "Law, Norm, and Criminalization" (funded by the German Research Foundation), April 2004 – August 2008
  • Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Program, British Film Institute in London (UK), March – April 2002

2. Awards and Prizes

  • Prize for the best Habilitation in English Studies between March 2011 and March 2013 (awarded by the Association of German University Teachers of English, September 2013)
  • Co-Winner of the First Competition for a Junior Research Group, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), School of Language and Literature, November 2008

3. Scientific Positions of Trust and Administration

  • First Vice-President of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN) in 2016, and President in 2017

4. Degrees

  • Habilitation ("Unnatural Narrative: Impossible Worlds in Fiction and Drama"), January 2013, Freiburg (Germany)
  • PhD ("Banished Behind Bars: The Representation and Role of Prisons from Charles Dickens's Novels to Twentieth-Century Film"), June 2005, Freiburg (Germany)

5. Publications

5.1. Scientific Monographs

  • Unnatural Narrative: Impossible Worlds in Fiction and Drama. Frontiers of Narrative. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016.
  • Narrating the Prison: Role and Representation in Charles Dickens' Novels, Twentieth-Century Fiction, and Film. Literature, Film, Theory. Youngstown, NY: Cambria Press, 2007.

5.2. Edited Collections

  • Ed. with Per Krogh Hansen. Beyond Classical Narration: Unnatural and Transmedial Narrative and Narratology. Narratologia. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2014.
  • Ed. with Henrik Skov Nielsen and Brian Richardson. A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative. Theory and Interpretation of Narrative. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2013.
  • Ed. with Stefan Iversen, Louise Brix Jacobsen, Rikke Andersen Kraglund, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Camilla Møhring Reestorff. Why Study Literature? Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2011.
  • Ed. with Rüdiger Heinze. Unnatural Narratives, Unnatural Narratology. Linguae & Litterae. Publications of the School of Language and Literature Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies 9. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2011.
  • Ed. with Monika Fludernik. Postclassical Narratology: Approaches and Analyses. Theory and Interpretation of Narrative. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2010.
  • Ed. with Frank Lauterbach. Stones of Law – Bricks of Shame: Narrating Imprisonment in the Victorian Age. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2009. Ed. with Monika Fludernik. Moderne – Postmoderne. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2003.

5.3. Special Issues

  • Special Issue of Poetics Today (ed. Jan Alber, Marco Caracciolo, Stefan Iversen, Karin Kukkonen, and Henrik Skov Nielsen; "Unnatural and Cognitive Approaches to Narrative"), forthcoming 2018.
  • Special Issue of Storyworlds (ed. Jan Alber; "Ideology and Form: Narrative Interventions"), forthcoming 2018.

5.4. Articles in International Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • "Narrative Techniques and Ideology: Aboriginal Identities in Contemporary Non-Indigenous Australian Prose." Storyworlds (special issue), work in progress.
  • "Absurd Catalogues: Lists in Postmodernist Fiction." Style (special issue), forthcoming.
  • "Gaping before Monumental Unnatural Inscriptions? The Necessity of a Cognitive Approach." Style (special issue), forthcoming.
  • "Towards Resilience and Playfulness: The Negotiation of Indigenous Australian Identities in Twentieth-Century Aboriginal Prose." European Journal of English 20, forthcoming.
  • "The Indigenous Other in Non-Indigenous Travel Narratives: The Case of Bruce Chatwin's Songlines." Literaria Pragensia (special issue), forthcoming.
  • "What Commodities Have to Say about Consumerism: The Eighteenth-Century Novel The Adventures of a Black Coat." Material Culture 48.1 (2016): 55-66.
  • "The Social Minds in Factual and Fictional We-Narratives of the Twentieth Century." Narrative 23.2 (2015): 212-25.
  • "Unnatural Narrative Theory: The Systematic Study of Anti-Mimeticism." Literature Compass 10.5 (2013): 449–60.
  • With Natalie Churn. "Creative Indigenous Self-Representation in Australian Popular Culture as a Vital Communication Channel for Refiguring Public Opinion." Anglistica: An Interdisciplinary Journal 17.2 (2013): 65-75.
  • With Stefan Iversen, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Brian Richardson. "What Really is Unnatural Narratology?" Storyworlds 5 (2013): 101-18.
  • With Alice Bell. "Ontological Metalepsis and Unnatural Narratology." Journal of Narrative Theory 42.2 (2012): 166-92.
  • With Stefan Iversen, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Brian Richardson. "What is Unnatural about Unnatural Narratology? A Response to Monika Fludernik." Narrative 20.3 (2012): 371-82.
  • "Cinematic Carcerality: Prison Metaphors in Film." The Journal of Popular Culture 44.2 (2011): 217-32.
  • With Stefan Iversen, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Brian Richardson. "Unnatural Narratives, Unnatural Narratology: Beyond Mimetic Models." Narrative 18.2 (2010): 113-36.
  • "Darkness, Light, and Various Shades of Gray: The Prison and the Outside World in Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities." Dickens Studies Annual 40 (2009): 95-112.
  • "Impossible Storyworlds – and What to Do with Them." Storyworlds 1 (2009): 79-96.
  • "Bibliography of 'German' Narratology." Style 38.2 (2004): 253-72.
  • "The 'Moreness' or 'Lessness' of 'Natural' Narratology: Samuel Beckett's "Lessness" Reconsidered." Style 36.1 (2002): 54-75. Reprinted in Short Story Criticism 74 (2004): 113-24.

5.5. Articles in International Peer-Reviewed Edited Works

  • "They-Narratives." Pronoun Use in Literature. Ed. Alison Gibbons and Andrea Macrae. London: Palgrave Macmillan, work in progress.
  • "Alterations of Voice: The Disembodiment of the Narrative Instance in Modernist and Postmodernist Fiction." Disembodied Voices – Unembodied Narration. Ed. Jeff Thoss and André Otto. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, under review.
  • "Ideological Ambivalence: A Reading of Rushdie's Midnight's Children." Narratology and Ideology: Encounters between Narrative Theory and Postcolonial Criticism. Ed. Divya Dwivedi, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Richard Walsh. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, under review.
  • "Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho." Handbook of British Romanticism – Text and Theory. Ed. Ralf Haekel. Berlin: De Gruyter, under review.
  • "The Representation of Character Interiority in Film." Emerging Vectors of Narratology. Ed. John Pier and Philippe Roussin. Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming.
  • "Narrator." Literature: An Introduction to Theory and Analysis. Ed. Lis Møller et al. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming.
  • "Postmodernist Impossibilities, the Creation of New Cognitive Frames, and Attempts at Interpretation." Beyond Classical Narration: Unnatural and Transmedial Narrative and Narratology. Ed. Jan Alber and Per Krogh Hansen. Narratologia. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2014. 261-80.
  • With Monika Fludernik. "Mediacy." Handbook of Narratology. Ed. Peter Hühn, John Pier, Wolf Schmid, and Jörg Schönert. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2014. 310-25.
  • "Unnatural Narrative." Handbook of Narratology. Vol. II. Ed. Peter Hühn, John Pier, Wolf Schmid, and Jörg Schönert. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2014. 887-95.
  • "Unnatural Spaces and Narrative Worlds." A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative. Ed. Jan Alber, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Brian Richardson. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2013. 45-66.
  • With Stefan Iversen, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Brian Richardson. "Introduction." A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative. Ed. Jan Alber, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Brian Richardson. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2013. 1-15.
  • "Unnatural Temporalities: Interfaces between Postmodernism, Science Fiction, and the Fantastic." Narrative Interrupted: The Plotless, the Disturbing and the Trivial in Literature. Festschrift for Pekka Tammi. Ed. Markku Lehtimäki, Laura Kartunen, and Maria Mäkelä. New York et al.: De Gruyter, 2012. 174-91.
  • With Henrik Skov Nielsen and Brian Richardson. "Unnatural Voices, Minds, and Narration." The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature. Ed. Joe Bray, Alison Gibbons, and Brian McHale. London: Routledge, 2012. 351-67.
  • "The Diachronic Development of Unnaturalness: A New View on Genre." Unnatural Narratives, Unnatural Narratology. Ed. Jan Alber and Rüdiger Heinze. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2011. 41-67.
  • With Rüdiger Heinze. "Introduction." Unnatural Narratives, Unnatural Narratology. Ed. Jan Alber and Rüdiger Heinze. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2011. 1-19.
  • "Hypothetical Intentionalism: Cinematic Narration Reconsidered." Postclassical Narratology: Approaches and Analyses. Ed. Jan Alber and Monika Fludernik. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2010. 163-85.
  • With Monika Fludernik. "Introduction." Postclassical Narratology: Approaches and Analyses. Ed. Jan Alber and Monika Fludernik. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2010. 1-31.
  • With Frank Lauterbach. "Introduction." Stones of Law, Bricks of Shame: Narrating Imprisonment in the Victorian Age. Ed. Jan Alber and Frank Lauterbach. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2009. 3-24.
  • Alber, Jan, Stefan Iversen, Louise Brix Jacobsen, Rikke Andersen Kraglund, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Camilla Møhring Reestorff. "Introduction." Why Study Literature? Ed. Jan Alber et al. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2011. 7-22.
  • "The Ethical Implications of Unnatural Scenarios." Why Study Literature? Ed. Jan Alber et al. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2011. 211-33.
  • "Narrativisation." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Ed. David Herman, Manfred Jahn, and Marie-Laure Ryan. London: Routledge, 2005. 386-7.
  • "'Natural' Narratology." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Ed. David Herman, Manfred Jahn, and Marie-Laure Ryan. London: Routledge, 2005. 394-5.

5.6. Articles in German Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • "Reading Unnatural Narratives." Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies 24.2 (2013): 135-50.
  • "The Specific Orientalism in Lord Byron's Poetry." Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 38.2 (2013): 107-27.
  • "Unnatural Narratology: Developments and Perspectives." Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift 63.1 (2013): 69-84.
  • "Pre-Postmodernist Manifestations of the Unnatural: Instances of Expanded Consciousness in 'Omniscient' Narration and Reflector-Mode Narratives." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 61.2 (2013): 137-53.

5.7. Articles in German Peer-Reviewed Edited Works

  • "Deconstructing Fictions of Television and Popular Media: Ben Elton's Chart Throb (2006), James Meek's The Heart Broke In (2012) and Nick Hornby's Funny Girl (2014)." The English Novel in the Twenty-First Century: Cultural Concerns – Literary Developments – Model Interpretations. Ed. Ansgar and Vera Nünning. Trier: WVT, work in progress.
  • "Formerzählung/erzählte Form." Literarische Form. Ed. Matthias Erdbeer, Florian Kläger, and Klaus Stierstorfer. Berlin et al.: De Gruyter, under review.
  • With Miriam Nandi. "Reading Multiraciality in Anglophone Narratives." Anglistentag 2015 Paderborn: Proceedings. Ed. Merle Tönnies et al. Trier: WVT, forthcoming.
  • "Künstlerisches Erzählen – ästhetische Fiktion." Handbuch Erzählen. Ed. Matías Martínez. Stuttgart: Metzler, forthcoming.
  • "Narrating the Orient: The Brief Eastern Moments in Romantic Poetry." Narratives of Romanticism. Ed. Sandra Heinen and Katharina Rennhak. Trier: WVT, forthcoming.
  • "The Representation of Poverty in Australian Prose." Representing Poverty in the Anglophone Postcolonial World. Ed. Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp. Bonn: V&R unipress/Bonn University Press, forthcoming.
  • "Unnatürliche erzählte Welten." Welten Erzählen. Ed. Christoph Bartsch and Frauke Bode. Berlin et al.: De Gruyter, forthcoming.
  • Alber, Jan. "Innovative Eighteenth-Century Fiction: The Case of the Speaking Objects in Circulation Novels." Proceedings des Deutschen Anglistentages 2014. Ed. Jana Gohrisch and Rainer Emig. Trier: WVT, 2015. 187-202.
  • "Unnatural Narratology and the Retrogressive Temporality in Martin Amis's Time's Arrow." New Approaches to Narrative: Cognition, Culture, History. Ed. Vera Nünning. Trier: WVT, 2013. 43-56.
  • "George Farquhar: The Beaux' Stratagem" and (with Jörg Drews) "Harold Pinter: The Homecoming." Kindlers Literatur-Lexikon. Ed. Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart and Weimar: J.B. Metzler, 2009.
  • "The Ideological Underpinnings of Prisons and their Inmates from Charles Dickens's Novels to Twentieth-Century Film." Images of Crime III: Representations of Crime and the Criminal. Ed. Telemach Serassis, Harald Kania, and Hans-Jörg Albrecht. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2009. 133-48.
  • With Martin Brandenstein. "'Hart aber gerecht'? Ethik und Strafen im öffentlichen Diskurs: Das Gefängnis als missbrauchtes Abschreckungsmittel am Beispiel der Kampagne gegen Raubkopierer." Bausteine zu einer Ethik des Strafens. Ed. Monika Fludernik, Hans-Helmuth Gander, and Hans-Jörg Albrecht. Würzburg: Ergon, 2008. 281-301.
  • "Bodies Behind Bars: The Disciplining of the Prisoner's Body in British and American Prison Movies." In the Grip of the Law: Prisons, Trials and the Space Between. Ed. Monika Fludernik and Greta Olson. Frankfurt: Lang, 2004. 241-69.
  • With Monika Fludernik. "Einleitung." Moderne – Postmoderne. Ed. Jan Alber and Monika Fludernik. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2003. 1-15.

5.8. Scientific Transfer

  • "Interview with Jan Alber." Bohemica litteraria 16.2 (2016), forthcoming.
  • "AIAS – et internationalt forskningscenter i hjertet af AU." Interview with Jan Alber, forthcoming.
  • "Ein postmoderner Roman, in dem die Zeit rückwärts läuft." Deutsche Universitätszeitung (duz) 70. 3 (2014): 81.
  • Radio interview with PD Dr. Jan Alber; Echo FM (88,4), October 18, 2013, 5:35 p.m.
  • "Der Sinn des Unmöglichen: Der Freiburger Anglist Jan Alber erhält einen Preis für seine Habilitationsschrift, in der er unnatürliche Welten untersucht." Pressemitteilung der Stabsstelle Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Beziehungsmanagement der Universität Freiburg 2013.
  • "Bilder von einer Welt hinter Gittern. Der Anglist Jan Alber erforscht die fiktionale Darstellung von Gefängnissen." Freiburger Uni-Magazin 6 (2002): 22-23.