Person

Univ.-Prof. Dr., Universitätsprofessor

Jan Alber

Jan Alber
Geschäftsführung der Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Romanistik

Address

Room: 212a

Kármánstr. !7/19

52062 Aachen

Contact

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

Consultation-hours during winter term 2019/2020:

tuesdays, 10 am to 11 am
Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
 

1. Acquired Research Funding

  • ERS-Seed Fund (RWTH Aachen): "Die apokalyptischen Dimensionendes Weltklimawandels in zeitgenössischen Modellen und Diskursen" (Projektnummer OPSF405), Januar 2018 - Dezember 2018
  • 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

  • Head of the English Department, RWTH Aachen University (since October 2018)
  • Elected Member of the Faculty Council, Philosophical Faculty, RWTH Aachen University (since October 2018)
  • Chairman of the Examination Board
  • Member of the "Professorium" of the Philosophical Faculty, RWTH Aachen University (since October 2016)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the English Department at RWTH Aachen University (since October 2016)
  • President, First Vice President, and Second Vice President of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN) (2015-2017)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the English Department at the University of Freiburg, Germany (January 2013 - September 2014)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Linguistics and Literary Studies at the TU Darmstadt, Germany (May-September 2013)

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 Brian Richardson. Unnatural Narratives, Critical Theory, and Cultural Studies. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, forthcoming.
  • Ed. with Greta Olson. How to Do Things with Narrative: Cognitive and Diachronic Perspectives. Festschrift for Monika Fludernik on the Occasion of her Sixtieth Birthday. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2017.
  • 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 Anglistik ("Empirical Approaches to Narrative", ed. Jan Alber und Sven Strasen), forthcoming 2020.
  • Special Issue of the European Journal of English Studies ("Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Narratives", ed. Jan Alber und Alice Bell), in print.
  • Special Issue of Storyworlds ("Narrative and Ideology", ed. Jan Alber;), in print.
  • Special Issue of Poetics Today 39.3 ("Unnatural and Cognitive Approaches to Narrative", ed. Jan Alber, Marco Caracciolo, Stefan Iversen, Karin Kukkonen, and Henrik Skov Nielsen), 2018.

5.4. Articles in International Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • With Alice Bell. "The Importance of Being Earnest Again: Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Narratives Across Media." European Journal of English Studies, im print.
  • "Introduction: Narrative and Ideology." Storyworlds (special issue), in print.
  • "Indigeneity and Narrative Strategies: Ideology in Contemporary Non-Indigenous Australian Prose Fiction." Storyworlds (special issue), in print.
  • With Marco Caracciolo, Stefan Iversen, Karin Kukkonen, and Henrik Skov Nielsen. "Introduction: Unnatural and Cognitive Perspectives on Narrative (A Theory Crossover)." Poetics Today 39.3 (2018): 429-45.
  • With Marco Caracciolo and Irina Marchesini. "Poetics Today 39.3 (2018): 447-71.
  • "Rhetorical Ways of Covering Up Speculations and Hypotheses, or Why Empirical Investigations of Real Readers Matter." Style 51.1-2 (2018): 34-39.
  • "Narratology and Performativity: On Processes of Narrativization in Live Performances." Narrative 25.3 (2017): 358-72.
  • "Gaping before Monumental Unnatural Inscriptions? The Necessity of a Cognitive Approach." Style 50.4 (2016): 434-41.
  • "Towards Resilience and Literary Virtuosity: The Negotiation of Indigenous Australian Identities in Twentieth-Century Aboriginal Prose." European Journal of English 20.3 (2016): 292-309.
  • "Absurd Catalogues: The Functions of Lists in Postmodernist Fiction." Style 50.3 (2016): 342-58.
  • "The Indigenous Other in Non-Indigenous Travel Narratives: The Case of Bruce Chatwin's Songlines." Literaria Pragensia 26.51 (2016): 97-110.
  • "What Commodities Have to Say about Consumerism: The Eighteenth-Century Novel The Adventures of a Black Coat." Material Culture 48.1 (2015): 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 Humorous 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. "Unaturlige Fortaellinger, Unnaturlig Narratologi: Hinsides Mimetiske Modeller." Kultur & Klasse 112.11 (2011): 7-32 (Danish translation of "Unnatural Narratives, Unnatural Narratology: Beyond Mimetic Models").
  • 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.
  • "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

  • "Logical Contradictions, Possible Worlds Theory, and the Embodied Mind." Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology. Ed. Alice Bell and Marie-Laure Ryan. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2018. 157-76.
  • "Ideological Ambivalence: A Reading of Rushdie's Midnight's Children." Narratology and Ideology: Negotiating Context, Form, and Theory in Postcolonial Narratives. Ed. Divya Dwivedi, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Richard Walsh. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2018. 120-38.
  • "They-Narratives." Pronoun Use in Literature. Ed. Alison Gibbons and Andrea Macrae. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 131-50.
  • With Greta Olson. "Monika Fludernik and the Invitation to Do Things with Narrative." How To Do Things with Narrative: Cognitive and Diachronic Perspectives. Ed. Jan Alber and Greta Olson. Festschrift for Monika Fludernik on the Occasion of her Sixtieth Birthday. Berlin und Boston: De Gruyter, 2017. 1-18.
  • "Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho." Handbook of British Romanticism – Text and Theory. Ed. Ralf Haekel. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017. 308-25.
  • "The Representation of Character Interiority in Film: Cinematic Versions of Psychonarration, Free Indirect Discourse, and Direct Thought." Emerging Vectors of Narratology. Ed. Per Krogh Hansen, John Pier, Philippe Roussin, and Wolf Schmid. Berlin et al.: De Gruyter, 2017. 265-83.
  • "The Narrator." Literature: An Introduction to Theory and Analysis. Ed. Lis Møller et al. London: Bloomsbury, 2017. 67-80.
  • "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 Per Krogh Hansen. "Introduction." Beyond Classical Narration: Transmedial and Unnatural Challenges. Ed. Jan Alber and Per Krogh Hansen. Narratologia. Berlin und New York: De Gruyter, 2014. 1-14.
  • "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.
  • 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 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.
  • "The Ethical Implications of Unnatural Scenarios." Why Study Literature? Ed. Jan Alber, Stefan Iversen, Louise Brix Jacobsen, Rikke Andersen Kraglund, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Camilla Møhring Reestorff. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2011. 211-33.
  • Alber, Jan, Stefan Iversen, Louise Brix Jacobsen, Rikke Andersen Kraglund, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Camilla Møhring Reestorff. "Introduction." Why Study Literature? Ed. Jan Alber, Stefan Iversen, Louise Brix Jacobsen, Rikke Andersen Kraglund, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Camilla Møhring Reestorff. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2011. 7-22.
  • "Mahdottomat tarinamaailmat – ja mitä niillä voi tehdä." Luonnolliset ja luonnottomat kertomukset. Jälkiklassisen narratologian suuntia. Ed. Mari Hatavara, Markku Lehtimäki, and Pekka Tammi. Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 2010. 44-61 (Finnish translation of "Impossible Storyworlds and What To Do with Them" – translated by Laura Karttunen).
  • "Hüpoteetiline kavatsuslikkus: uus vaade filminarratsioonile." Jutustamise teooriad ja praktikad. Ed. Marina Grishakova. Tartu: Kirjastus, 2010. 10- 30 (Estonian translation of "Hypothetical Intentionalism: Cinematic Narration Reconsidered" – translated by Birgit Laasi).
  • "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.
  • "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

  • "Towards a Critical Ethical Narratology: Narrative Strategies and World Views." Literature and Literary Studies in the 21st Century: Cultural Concerns – Concepts – Case-Studies. Ed. Ansgar and Vera Nünning. Trier: WVT, in print.
  • "Formerzählung/erzählte Form." Literarische Form. Ed. Matthias Erdbeer, Florian Kläger, and Klaus Stierstorfer. Berlin et al.: De Gruyter, in print.
  • "Narrating beyond Traditional Narratological Categories: You-, We-, and They-Narratives." Modelle in der Literatur- und Sprachwissenschaft sowie ihrer Didaktik. Festschrift für Peter Wenzel. Ed. Sven Strasen and Julia Vaeßen. Trier: WVT. 2019. 7-27.
  • "Postmoderne Stimmen aus dem Jenseits." Jenseitserzählungen in der Gegenwartsliteratur. Ed. Isabelle Stauffer. Heidelberg: Winter, 2018. 47-59.
  • "Künstlerisches Erzählen – ästhetische Fiktion." Handbuch Erzählen. Ed. Matías Martínez. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2017. 133-39.
  • "Narrating the Orient: Some Brief Eastern Moments in Romantic Poetry." Narratives of Romanticism. Ed. Sandra Heinen and Katharina Rennhak. Trier: WVT, 2017. 149-62.
  • "Comparison, Inclusiveness, and Non-Hierarchical Incommensurability: Narrative Strategies in Two New Aboriginal Life Stories." Anglistentag 2016 Hamburg: Proceedings. Ed. Ute Berns and Jolene Mathieson. Trier: WVT, 2017, 273-82.
  • With Miriam Nandi. "Reading Multiraciality in Anglophone Narratives." Anglistentag 2015 Paderborn: Proceedings. Ed. Merle Tönnies et al. Trier: WVT, 2016. 103-8.
  • "Innovative Eighteenth-Century Fiction: The Case of the Speaking Objects in Circulation Novels." Anglistentag 2014 Hannover: Proceedings. Ed. Rainer Emig and Jana Gohrisch. 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.
  • 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.

5.8. Online-Publications with Peer Review

5.9 Non-Refereed Scientific Articles

  • "The Humorous Negotiation of Aboriginal Poverty: Busted Out Laughing by Dot Collard and Alexis Wright's Carpentaria." Representing Poverty in the Anglophone Postcolonial World. Ed. Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp. Bonn: V&R unipress, forthcoming
  • "Interview Conducted by Merja Polvinen: 'Peeking into the Neighbouring Grove: Speculative Fiction in the Work of Mainstream Scholars.'" Fafnir: The Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research 1.1 (2014): 61-64.
  • "Jan Alber" (Interview). Narrative Theories and Poetics: Five Questions. Ed. Peer F. Bungaard, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Frederik Stjernfelt. Copenhagen: Automatic Press/VIP, 2012. 11-20.
  • "Legitimating the Prison – Reproducing Cultural Hegemonies: The Case of American Prison Movies." Euresis (2010): 171-78.
  • "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.
  • "Das Gefängnis im Hollywoodfilm: Strafvollzug zwischen Fiktion und Realität." Zeitschrift für Strafvollzug und Straffälligenhilfe 52.1 (2003): 31-40.
  • With Monika Fludernik. "Einleitung." Moderne – Postmoderne. Ed. Jan Alber and Monika Fludernik. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2003. 1-15.

5.10 Bibliography

  • Schriftenverzeichnis zu Monika Fluderniks Nachruf auf Dorrit Cohn. Sonderdruck aus dem Almanach der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 162. Jahrgang. Wien, 2013. 543-46.
  • "Bibliography of 'German' Narratology." Style 38.2 (2004): 253-72.

5.11 Reviews

  • Rev. "David Herman: Narratology beyond the Human." Style, in print.
  • Rev. "Liesbeth Korthals Altes: Ethos and Narrative Interpretation." Style 50.3 (2016): 365-69.
  • Rev. "Nora Berning: Towards a Critical Ethical Narratology." Anglia 134.1 (2016): 1-4.
  • Rev. "Marie-Laure Ryan and Jan-Noël Thon (eds.): Storyworlds across Media." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 63.4 (2015): 472-76.
  • Rev. "Ulrich Suerbaum: Das elisabethanische Zeitalter." Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 252.1 (2015): 238-39.
  • Rev. "Christoph Bode and Rainer Dietrich: Future Narratives: Theory, Poetics, and Media-Historical Moment." Anglistik 26.1 (2015): 180-81.
  • Rev. "Brian Richardson (ed.): Narrative Beginnings and Caroline Levine and Mario Ortiz-Robles (eds.): Narrative Middles." Style (2013): 397-401.
  • Rev. "Christoph Bode: The Novel." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 60.2 (2012): 187-89.
  • Rev. "Jürgen H. Petersen: Die Erzählformen: Er, Ich, Du und andere Varianten." Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur 103.4 (2011): 656-58.
  • Rev. "Leona Toker: Towards the Ethics of Form in Fiction: Narratives of Cultural Remission and Francesco Marroni: Victorian Disharmonies: A Reconsideration of Nineteenth-Century English Fiction." Dickens Quarterly 28.2 (2011): 168-71.
  • Rev. "Birgit Neumann, Ansgar Nünning, and Bo Petterson: Narrative and Identity: Theoretical Approaches and Critical Analyses." Anglistik 21.2 (2010): 202-6.
  • Rev. "H. Porter Abbott: The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative (Second Edition)." Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 35.1 (2010): 131-35.
  • Rev. "Christian Moraru: Memorious Discourse: Reprise and Representation in Postmodernism." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 56.4 (2008): 409-11.
  • Rev. "Thomas Harris: Policing the City: Crime and Legal Authorities in London, 1780-1840." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 4.4 (2006): 413-14.
  • Rev. "Monika Fludernik: Echoes and Mirrorings: Gabriel Josipovici's Creative Oeuvre." Poetics Today 23.2 (2002): 363-64.

5.12 Scientific Transfer

  • "AIAS – et internationalt forskningscenter i hjertet af AU." Interview with Jan Alber, forthcoming.
  • "Budoucnost naratologie je v hybridizaci: rozhovor s Janem Alberem" ["The Future of Narratology is in Hybridization: Interview with Jan Alber"]. By Zuzana Fonioková. Bohemica Litteraria 19.1 (2016): 177-83.
  • "Interview with Jan Alber." Bohemica litteraria 16.2 (2016), 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.

6. List of Lectures

6.1. Keynote Speeches at International Conferences

  • Keynotes: "Postcolonial Narratology" and "The Ideological Implications of Aboriginal Narratives." Summer Course in Narrative Studies, Aarhus Universitet (Denmark), August 7-12, 2016.
  • Keynote: "Narratology Today." Uses of Narrative: New Developments in Narrative Theory. University of Groningen (Netherlands), February 2-5, 2016.
  • Keynote: "The Unnatural Across the Fiction/Non-Fiction Divide." European Narratology Network Conference. Syddansk Universitet, Kolding (Denmark), March 10-11, 2011.
  • Keynote: "The Search for Other Worlds – And Further Reasons to Study Literature." Why Study Literature? Aarhus Universitet (Denmark), October 2008.

6.2. Keynote speeches at German Conferences

  • Keynote: "Transmedial Narratology and Theatrical Performance." Winter School on Transmedial Narratology. Tübingen, February 23-26, 2016.
  • Keynote: "Was sind unnatürliche Erzählungen? Zur Analyse und Interpretation von physikalischen, logischen und menschlichen Unmöglichkeiten." Welten Erzählen: Narrative Evokation des Unmöglichen. 3. Wuppertaler Graduiertenforum Narratologie. Bergische Universität Wuppertal, June 14-16, 2012.

6.3. Further Invited Speeches

  • "From Classical Structuralist Narratology to Postclassical Narratologies." Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, August 21, 2017.
  • "Drama Narratology and the Narrativization of Live Performances." National University Singapore, August 15, 2017.
  • "Networks of Immorality in Eighteenth-Century Circulation Novels." Literarische Netzwerke im achtzehnten Jahrhundert, Colloquium for Literary Studies, Universität Bielefeld, February 7, 2017.
  • "Postmoderne Stimmen aus dem Jenseits." Komisch – fantastisch – ambivalent: Das Jenseits in Prosatexten der Gegenwart. Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, October 14-15, 2016.
  • "Narrative Techniques and Ideology: Resilience and Humour in Contemporary Aboriginal Cultures." The Ideological Force of Narrative, Narrare, University of Tampere (Finland), September 29-30, 2016.
  • "Indigenous Australian Identities in Aboriginal Narratives." Lunch Talk Series, Aarhus Universitet, April 13, 2016.
  • "Resilience and Experimentation in Contemporary Aboriginal Narratives." Universitetet i Oslo (Norway), October 2015.
  • "The Gothic Novel and Other Types of Experimentalism in the Eighteenth Century." The Many Faces of the Gothic, Aarhus Universitet (Denmark), May 26, 2015.
  • "Transparent Minds in the Movies." Universität Trier, February 5, 2015.
  • "Ideology and Form: The Experimentalism of Recent Australian and Indian-English Prose Narratives." Narrative Research Lab, Aarhus Universitet (Denmark), December 10, 2014.
  • "How to Analyse a Cinematic Narrative: Concepts of Film Narratology." Aarhus Universitet (Denmark), October 22, 2014.
  • "Postmoderne Literatur und kognitive Literaturwissenschaft – Strange Bedfellows?" Lecture series "Cognitive Approaches to Literary Studies”, RWTH Aachen, July 11, 2014.
  • "Inner Lives in Film: Cinematic Versions of Psychonarration, Free Indirect Discourse, and Direct Thought." Colloquium of Literary Studies by the Institute for English Philology (LMU Munich), January 9, 2014.
  • "Character Interiority in the Movies." Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, December 2, 2013.
  • "Die Postmoderne und das Unnatürliche." Institute for Media and Communication, Universität Hamburg, November 14, 2013.
  • "Unnatural Spaces and What to Do with Them." EARS-Meeting (Basel), June 7, 2013.
  • "Unnatürliches Erzählen." Centre for Transcultural Narratology in Bonn, July 13, 2012.
  • "Unnatural Spaces and Narrative Worlds." Time, Space, and the Unnatural. Project Narrative, Ohio State University, November 16, 2011.
  • "What is an Unnatural Narrative and Why Should We Deal with It?" Speaker Series, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, November 10, 2011.
  • "What are Unnatural Narratives?" University of Maryland (College Park), November 7, 2011.
  • "Unnatural Narratives and What to Do with Them." University of North Carolina at Greensboro, October 26, 2011.
  • "The History of the Unnatural." Narrative at the Extremes. Helsinki Yliopisto (Finland), October 4, 2010.
  • "Toward the Limits of Human Cognition: Unnatural Elements in Postmodernist Storyworlds." Workshop, Project Narrative, Ohio State University, April 2008.

6.4. Conference Presentations

  • "Transcending Poverty and Precarity: The Chooky Dancers." GAPS Conference (Bonn): Representing Poverty and Precarity in a Postcolonial World, May 25-27, 2017.
  • "What is Post-Postmodernism? The Purposeful Self-Reflexivity of Zorba the Greek Yolngu Style by the Chooky Dancers." Narrative, Lexington, KY, March 23-26,2017.
  • With Marco Caracciolo. "Mimesis." Poetics Today-Workshop, Stockholm, November 4, 2016.
  • "Comparison, Inclusiveness, and Non-Hierarchical Incommensurability: Narrative Strategies in New Aboriginal Life Stories." Anglistentag, Hamburg, September 21-24, 2016.
  • "Towards a New Reading Paradigm: Presence Effects, Composure, and the Capacity of 'Letting Things Be.'" IAUPE Conference, London, July 2016.
  • "Beyond Invasion and Colonization: Contemporary Aboriginal Narratives." Narrative, Amsterdam, June 16-18, 2016.
  • "The Material Conditions of Waanyi Existence in Alexis Wright's Carpentaria." The Postcolonial and the Material (Society for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies), Augsburg, May 5-7, 2016.
  • "Narrating the Impossible." Worlds in Process, TU Darmstadt, January 29-30, 2016.
  • "Narrating the Orient: The Brief Eastern Episodes in Romantic Poetry." Narratives of Romanticism (Society for English Romanticism), Wuppertal, October 8-11, 2015.
  • "Ideologies and Narrative Strategies: The Narrators of Benang and Midnight's Children." Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Context (Society for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies), Münster, May 14-16, 2015.
  • "Transmedial Meets Postcolonial Narratology: An Analysis of Zorba the Greek Yolngu Style by the Aboriginal Chooky Dancers." European Narratology Network Conference, Ghent (Belgium), April 15-18, 2015.
  • "A Reading of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children." Ideology and Form, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies. Aarhus (Denmark), March 25-26, 2015.
  • "Indigeneity in Contemporary Australian Literature and Culture." Fellows' Seminar, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies. Aarhus (Denmark), March 23, 2015.
  • "Ideology and Form: The Negotiation of Aboriginality in Contemporary Australian Prose." Narrative, Chicago, March 5-8, 2015.
  • "The Disembodiment of the Narrative Instance in Postmodernist Fiction." Disembodied Voices – Unembodied Narration, Freie Universität Berlin, November 21-22, 2014.
  • "Innovative Eighteenth-Century Fiction: The Case of the Speaking Objects in Circulation Novels." Section "Enlightenment Fictions – Fictions of Enlightenment," Anglistentag in Hannover, September 21-23, 2014.
  • "The Social Minds in Factual and Fictional We-Narratives of the Twentieth Century: A New Typology." Social Minds, Freiburg, May 21-23, 2014.
  • "Literary History and Postmodernism from the Perspective of the Unnatural." Narrative. Boston, MA, March 27-29, 2014.
  • "The Reception of Eighteenth-Century Experimentalism." Panel "Eighteenth Century Literary and Cultural Criticism," ASECS, Williamsburg, VA, March 20-22, 2014.
  • "Pre-Postmodernist Manifestations of the Unnatural: Instances of Expanded Consciousness in Omniscient Narration and Reflector-Mode Narratives." Narrative: An International Conference. Manchester, UK, Jun2 27-29, 2013.
  • "Experientiality and the Unnatural." Cognition and Poetics. Osnabrück, April 25-27, 2013.
  • "The Representation of Character Interiority in Film." European Narratology Network Conference, Paris, March 29-30, 2013.
  • "Dickens and the Prison." Dickenstag (day dedicated to Charles Dickens), University of Freiburg, December 17, 2012.
  • "Impossible Narrators and Storytelling Scenarios." Narrative: An International Conference. Las Vegas, NV, March 15-17, 2012.
  • "The Unnatural Spaces in House of Leaves and The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman." ASAP 3: The Arts of the Planet. Pittsburgh, PN, October 27-30, 2011.
  • With Alice Bell. "Ontological Metalepsis and Unnatural Narratology." Chair des Panels "Emotions, Cognition, and Ethics in the Short (Short) Short Fiction of the Americas." Narrative: An International Conference, St. Louis, MO, April 7-10, 2011.
  • "Unnatural Temporalities: Interfaces between Postmodernism, Science Fiction, and Fantasy." Narrative: An International Conference. Cleveland, OH, April 8-11, 2010.
  • "Impossible Storyworlds: An Extreme Case of Counterfactuality." Counterfactual Thinking – Counterfactual Writing. Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). Freiburg, September 28-30, 2009.
  • "Deictic Markers in Unnatural Narrative." Linguistics & Literary Studies. Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). Freiburg, July 8-10, 2009.
  • "The Significance of Logical Impossibilities." Narrative: An International Conference. Birmingham, UK, June 2009.
  • "The Diachronic Development of Unnaturalness." Unnatural Narratives, Unnatürliches Erzählen. Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. Freiburg, November 2008.
  • Organisation of a penal on "Unnatural Narrative, Unnatural Narratology: Beyond Mimetic Models?" (with Brian Richardson). Presentation: "Approximating Impossibility: Unnatural Elements in Postmodernist Narrative." Narrative: An International Conference. Austin, TX, May 2008.
  • "Narratology as a First Step Towards Interpretation: The Significance of the Metaleptic Jumps and Diverse Styles in At Swim-Two-Birds." Narrative: An International Conference. Washington D.C., March 15-18, 2007.
  • "Legitimating the Prison, Reproducing Cultural Hegemonies: The Case of the American Prison Movie" and Chair des Panels "Imagology." Legitimating Cultures, Cultures of Legitimacy. Bucharest (Romania), November 2006.
  • Chair of the seminar "Narrative at the Crossroads: New Developments in Narrative Study" (with Alan Palmer). Presentation: "The Cinematic Narrator and the Narrativity of Film Reconsidered." ESSE 8. London, UK, August/September 2006.
  • "Film Narratives and Metaphor." Narrative: An International Conference. Ottawa (Canada), April 2006
  • Panel Chair and Presentation: "Prison, Racism, and Society: The Prison Autobiography I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang! and its Film Adaptation." National PCA/ACA Conference. San Diego, CA, March 2005.
  • "Interpreting the Prison: The State Penitentiary in the Film The Shawshank Redemption." National PCA/ACA Conference. San Antonio, TX, April 2004.
  • "Bodies Behind Bars: The Disciplining of the Prisoners' Bodies in British and American Prison Films." ESSE 6. Strasbourg (France), August/September 2002.

6.5. Organisation of Conferences, Sections and Panels

  • Organisation of a guest lecture "Aachen Colloquium on Literature, Emotion, and Cognition" (with Sven Strasen). Speakers: Jan Alber, Peter Stockwell, Gunther Martens, Marco Caracciolo, Marcus Hartner, Moniek Kuijpers, Karin Kukkonen, Merja Polvinen, Ralf Schneider, Alan Palmer, Chrsitian Kohlschein and Sven Strasen. RWTH Aachen, Summer Term 2017.
  • Organisation of a guest lecture ("From Event to Node: How 'Future Narratives' Impact the Way We Conceive of the Future") by Christoph Bode plus workshop. Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (Denmark), November 2015.
  • Organisation of the section "Reading Multiraciality in Anglophone Narratives" (with Miriam Nandi). Speakers: Christoph Ehland, Nicole Falkenhayner, Julia Hoydis, Corinna Lenhardt, Felicitas Meifert-Menhard and Christine Vogt-William. Anglistentag Paderborn, September 2015.
  • Organisation of a workshop on "Ideology and Form in Anglophone Narrative" at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies. Speakers: Jana Gohrisch, Stefan Iversen, Tabish Khair, Henrik Skov Nielsen, David Punter, Roy Sommer and Merle Tönnies. Aarhus (Denmark), March 2015.
  • Organisation of the "Dickenstag" (day dedicated to Charles Dickens) (with Monika Fludernik). Speakers: Jan Alber, Katharina Boehm, Monika Fludernik, Barbara Korte, Norbert Lennartz und Andrea Stiebritz. Freiburg, December 2012.
  • Organisation of the MLA-panel on "Postmodern and Unnatural Narratives" for the International Society for the Study of Narrative. Speakers: Bruce Clark, Chris Kilgore, Karin Kukkonen and Henrik Skov Nielsen. Modern Language Association (MLA), Philadelphia, PA, December 2009.
  • Organisation of the conference on "Unnatürliches Erzählen – Unnatural Narrative" (with Rüdiger Heinze). Speakers: Jan Alber, Ridvan Askin, Johannes Fehrle, Monika Fludernik, Marina Grishakova, Per Krogh Hansen, Rüdiger Heinze, Martin Hermann, Stefan Iversen, Maria Mäkelä, Andrea Moll, Henrik Skov Nielsen, Brian Richardson and Jeff Thoss. Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), November 2008.
  • Organisation of the symposium on "Law and Literature" (with Monika Fludernik). Speakers: Simon Stern and Hal Gladfelder. Freiburg, October 2006.
  • Organisation of the symposium on "Free Indirect Discourse" (with Monika Fludernik). Speakers: Samuli Hägg, Markku Lehtimäki, Alan Palmer and Elena Semino. Freiburg, January 2005.
  • Organisation of the symposium on "History and Narration" ("Hayden White-Colloquium") (with Monika Fludernik). Speakers: Hayden White, Uri Margolin and Richard Walsh. Freiburg, February 2003.