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Dr. Anne Rüggemeier


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Anne Rüggemeier studied Comparative Literature, English and History at Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen (Germany) and at Oxford Brookes University (UK). From 2009-2013 she held a scholarship at the Gießen Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) where she conducted a PhD project on relational autobiographies in contemporary English Literatures. In 2014/2015 she received the GCSC Career Development Grant. From 2015-2017 she worked as Junior Research Group Leader at the Heidelberg School of Education. She currently works as a postdoc in the ERC-funded project "Lists in Literature and Culture" and is an associated member of the research training group Factual and fictional narration (GRK Faktuales and fiktionales Erzählen).


  • Life Writing Studies
  • Cultural Narratology
  • Graphic Novels
  • Medical Humanities
  • Literature and Knowledge
  • and, of course, the question: "Why does literature matter?"


List Making in Narratives of Illness and Disruption

My research project is part of Eva von Contzen's ERC project "LISTLIT | Lists in Literature and Culture" which investigates the cultural practice of list making and its literary manifestations in narrative texts through the centuries. My research focuses on the postmodern era where literary lists are so prolific that they have been referred to as a symptom of the postmodern condition (Hall 2005). In contemporary literature the form of the list has multiple manifestations that range from verbal enumerations to visual reproductions of handwritten inventories and to-do-lists, from representations of medical history files, call lists and digital route descriptions to menus and Power Point slides – just to name a few examples.

As a reduced form, lists are often used to describe specifically demanding and challenging experiences that seem to defy more linear types of narration. This might be the reason why there is an abundant usage of lists in narratives of illness and disruption. Due to their fragmentariness (and often implied infinity) lists offer plenty of gaps and voids to be filled in by the readers (and viewers). In my research, I scrutinize the verbal-visual interfaces and the visual framing of lists in multimodal texts in order to understand how the reader is enabled to embody and share the experiences and the emotions of the protagonists.



Since 04/2022

Principal Investigator of the DFG (German Research Association) funded project “Poetics of Isolation in English Literature: 17th -21st Century”

Since 06/2017

ERC-Starting Grant Project "Lists in Literature and Culture" (headed by Eva von Contzen)
Freiburg University

07/2015 – 05/2017

Junior Research Group Leader
Heidelberg School of Education
Inter-university collaboration between Heidelberg University and Heidelberg University of Education

11/2014 – 04/2015

DFG Career Development Grant from the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture
University of Gießen


PhD – summa cum laude
Thesis title: "Die Relationale Autobiographie: Ein Beitrag zur Theorie, Poetik und Gattungsgeschichte eines neuen Genres in der englischsprachigen Erzählliteratur"
University of Gießen

10/2009 – 09/2013

PhD student and DFG scholarship recipient at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture
University of Gießen

12/2007 – 11/2009 EU Research Manager at the Max Planck Regional Cluster for Baden-Württemberg at the Max Planck Campus Tübingen (part time)


Winter Term 2021/22

PS Dystopian and Utopian Fiction

Summer Term 2021

PS Postwar British (and Irish) Drama

Winter Term 2020/21

PS 18th Century Women Poets

Summer Term 2020

PS The Elegy – From the Middle Ages to the Present (with Eva von Contzen)

Winter Term 2019/20

PS Oscar Wilde. Critic and Artist

Summer Term 2019

VL Survey of British and Postcolonial Literature

Winter Term 2018/19

PS From Lilliput to Lonely Planet. Travel Writing as Genre and Cultural Practice

Summer Term 2018

PS Literature and Illness. An Introduction

Winter Term 2017/18

Ü Planung und Durchführung von Forschungs- und Lehrprojekten
Summer Term 2016
University of Heidelberg
PS Exploring Graphic Novels
Winter Term 2015/16
University of Heidelberg
PS Reading, Learning and Teaching Autobiography
Summer Term 2012
University of Gießen
PS II Reading Autobiography

May 2011

"Narrating Selves" as part of a series of lectures: Key topics in English and American Studies




  • Die relationale Autobiographie: Ein Beitrag zur Theorie, Poetik und Gattungsgeschichte eines neuen Genres in der englischsprachigen Erzählliteratur. Trier: WVT, 2014.



  • “Introduction: Epistemic and Artistic List-Making.” (with R. Barton, J. Böckling, S. Link). Forms of List-Making: Epistemic, Literary, and Visual Enumeration. Eds. Roman Barton, Julia Böckling, Sarah Link and Anne Rüggemeier. Palgrave Macmillan, 2022,1-24.
  • "What's Beyond (and Beneath) the Numbers and the Measures: Where Lists and Tables Meet Visual Vocabularies." Invisible Made Visible: Comics and Mental Illness. Eds. Leah Misemer and Jessica Gross. (in preparation; under contract with Penn State University Press).
  • "Self-Reflexivity in Contemporary English Auto/biographies." Transparent Texts. Self-referentiality and Self-reflexivity in Literature. Eds. Florian Lippert and Marcel Schmid. Brill / Rodopi (Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft), 2019, 239-57.
  • "Von Krankheit gezeichnet – vom Bruder porträtiert. Über die Produktion und die Bedeutung von Krankheitsmetaphern in David B.s Auto/BioGRAPHIE Die heilige Krankheit." Krankheit erzählen: Texte der Gegenwartsliteratur und Perspektiven für den Literaturunterricht. Eds. Jan Standke and Dieter Wrobel. Trier: WVT, 2019. 239-60.
  • "Der Autobiograph als Biograph? Relationale Selbsterzählungen in Theorie und Praxis." Sich selbst erzählen. Autobiographie – Autofiktion – Autorschaft. Eds. Sonja Arnold et al. Kiel: Steve-Holger Ludwig, 2018. 75-100.
  • "Auto/biographic Metafiction and Relational Lives: Antonia S. Byatt's The Biographer's Tale (2000) and J.M. Coetzee's Summertime (2009) as Paradigms of Meta-auto/biographies." The British Novel in the Twenty-first Century: Cultural Concerns – Literary Developments – Model Interpretations. Eds. Vera Nünning and Ansgar Nünning. Trier: WVT, 2018. 283-96.
  • "Kingston's The Woman Warrior in the Context of Life Writing Studies: An Exploration of Relational Selfhood." Critical Insights: The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston. Eds. Linda Trinh Moser and Kathryn West. Ipswich: Salem Press, 2016. 95-108.
  • "J.M. Coetzee's Summertime – Breaking the Rules of a Genre to Create a Space for Broken Narratives." Emergent Forms of Life in Anglophone Literature: Conceptual Frameworks and Critical Analyses. Eds. Michael Basseler, Daniel Hartley and Ansgar Nünning. Trier: WVT, 2015. 231-46.
  • "Narrating Selves: Generischer Wandel und gegenwärtige Entwicklungen in der Autobiographie." Key Concepts and New Topics in English and American Studies/Schlüsselkonzepte und neue Themen in der Anglistik und Amerikanistik. Eds. Ansgar Nünning and Elizabeth Kovach. Trier: WVT, 2014. 239-62.
  • "Über Pop, TV und silberne Zigarettenetuis: Intermediale und materiale Inszenierungsverfahren relationaler Identität in zeitgenössischen englischsprachigen Autobiographien." Medialisierungsformen des (Auto-)Biografischen. Eds. Carsten Heinze and Alfred Hornung. Konstanz: UVK, 2013. 181-200.
  • "The Re-Construction of Autobiography through Objects: Nancy K. Miller's Auto/biography What They Saved." The Cultural Dynamics of Generic Change in Contemporary Fiction: Theoretical Frameworks, Genres and Model Interpretations. Eds. Michael Basseler, Ansgar Nünning and Christine Schwanecke. Trier: WVT, 2013. 329-45.
  • "Medialisierung von Lebensgeschichten: Formen und Funktionen von multimodalem Erzählen in relationalen Autobiographien." Medialisierung des Erzählens im englischsprachigen Roman der Gegenwart: Theoretischer Bezugsrahmen, Genres und Modellinterpretationen. Eds. Ansgar Nünning and Jan Rupp. Trier: WVT, 2011. 287-303.


  • "Transformative List-Making: Challenging Heteronormativity and Ableism in Somatographies." Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 11.4 (2020). 10.1080/21504857.2020.1757478
  • "Introduction: Life Writing and the Poetics of List-Making: On the Manifestations, Effects, and Possible Uses of Lists in Life Writing." a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 35.3 (2020). DOI: 10.1080/08989575.2020.1815371
  • "Female Mental Illness, Monstrosity, and Male Medical Discourses: Revisiting Jane Eyre." Anglistik 30.3 (2019). 73-88.
  • "Shame and Shamelessness in Contexts of Care and Caregiving in Philip Roth's Patrimony (1991) and Sarah Leavitt's Tangles (2012)." EJES European Journal for English Studies 23.3. (2019). 263-80.
  • ---, and Maren Scheurer. "Autobiography and/as Narcissism? Psychoanalysis and Self-Reflexive Life Writing in Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's A Dialogue on Love and Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother?" a/b Auto/biography Studies 34.2. (2019): 167-95.
  • "Lists in Life Writing: The List as a Means to Visualize the Trace of the Absent." a/b Auto/Biography Studies 34.2. (2019): 329-41.
  • "The List as a Means of Assessment and Standardization and Its Critical Remediation in Graphic Narratives About Illness and Care." Closure 5 (2018). 55-82.
  • "Graphic Illness: Die Krankheit im Leben der Geschwister am Beispiel von David B.s Comic Epileptic." Internationale Kinder- und Jugendliteraturforschung (interjuli) 1 (2017): 69-90.
  • "'Posing for all the characters in the book': the multimodal processes of production in Alison Bechdel's relational autobiography Are You My Mother?" Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 7 (2016): 254-67.
  • "Beyond the Subject – Towards the Object? Nancy K. Miller's What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past (2011) and the Materiality of Life Writing." European Journal of Life Writing (EJLW) 5 (2016): 36-54.
  • "The Autobiographer as Family Archivist: Relational Autobiographies and the Many Modes of Writing a Life." Amsterdam International Electronic Journal for Cultural Narratology (AJCN) 6 (2011).


  • "Coetzee, J.M. – Summertime." Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. Vol. 3. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009.


  • Rev. of Forms of Poetic Attention by Lucy Alford. New York: Columbia University Press, 2020.” Medienwissenschaft 38.1 (2021): 32-33.
  • "'All one can do is tell a better story.' The Ethical Potential and the Risks of Storytelling." Rev. of Storytelling and Ethics: Literature, Visual Arts and the Power of Narrative, eds. Hanna Meretoja and Colin Davis. Diegesis. International E-journal for Narrative Research/Interdisziplinäres E-Journal für Erzählforschung 7.2 (2018): 176-83.


  • with Sarah Link. "ERC Starting Grant Project on Lists in Literature and Culture at the University of Freiburg." Blog Post. Listology: Exploring Lists in All Their Possibilities. 3 June 2018.


  • "Lists in Graphic Illness Narratives"
    Que(e)rying Graphic Medicine: Paradigms, Power and Practices. Graphic Medicine Conference
    Brighton and Sussex Medical School, United Kingdom | 11–13 July 2019
  • "Fragmentary Linearities: The List, Graphic Illness and the Concept of Broken Narratives"
    Panel Chaired: Lists and Narrative Configuration in Comics and Graphic Narrative
    ISSN 2019. The Society for the Study of Narrative Annual Conference.
    University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain | 30 May–1 June 2019
  • "Contesting the Experience of Illness: The Form of the List as a Means of Counter-Inscription"
    ISSN 2019. The Society for the Study of Narrative Annual Conference
    University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain | 30 May–1 June 2019
  • "Introduction"
    Workshop: Lists of Life – Life Writing and the Poetics of List Making
    Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg | 18 Jan. 2019
  • "Visualizing Illness. The Remediation of Medical Imaging Techniques in Graphic Illness Narratives"
    Why Care to Write? Medical Humanities Conference
    Ulm University | 4–6 Dec. 2018
  • "Illness and the List: The Knowledge of Illness between Medicine and Literature"
    Anglistentag. Jahrestagung des Deutschen Anglistenverbandes
    University of Bonn | 23–26 Sept. 2018
  • "The Lists of Leisure: The Economy of Self-improvement and Relationship Management as Observed in the Cultural Practice of the Bucket List"
    Muße und Arbeit. Tagung des Sonderforschungsbereichs 1015 "Muße"
    University of Freiburg | 12–14 Apr. 2018
  • "Dickens and the Language of Illness"
    Dickens and Language. 23rd Annual Dickens Symposium
    University of Tübingen | 30 July–1 Aug. 2018
  • "The Hidden Agendas of Healing – Medical Lists and the (Non)authorial Shaping of Being Ill"
    Roundtable Discussion
    Hiding, Revealing, Belonging. International Auto/Biography Association World Conference
    Federal University of São João del-Rei, Brazil | 11–14 July 2018
  • "Lists in Life Writing: Reading between the Lines – The List as a Means to Visualize the Trace of the Absent"
    Invited Roundtable Discussion
    Hiding, Revealing, Belonging. International Auto/Biography Association World Conference
    Federal University of São João del-Rei, Brazil | 11–14 July 2018
  • "Coetzee's Summertime: Broken Narrative and the Curse of Coherence"
    Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
    University of Utrecht, Netherlands | 6–9 July 2017
  • "Fakt und Fiktion in digitalen Krankheitserzählungen: Beispiele, Funktionen und die Frage nach einem 'pacte automédiatique.'"
    Workshop: Fakt/Fiktion – Referentielle Multimodalität in der digitalen Medienkultur
    University of Tübingen | 1–2 June 2017
  • "Der unfreiwillige inklusive Blick – Thematisierung und (graphische) Darstellung von Krankheit und Behinderung aus der Perspektive von Geschwisterkindern"
    Konferenz. Der inklusive Blick II. Kinder- und Jugendliteratur im Fokus
    University of Cologne | 17–18 March 2017
  • "'I Pose for All the Characters in My Book': The Multimodal Processes of Production in Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother?"
    Winter School: Transmedial Narratology – Theories and Methods
    University of Tübingen | 23–26 Febr. 2016
  • "Challenging the Life Course: Narratives of Disruption in Contemporary English Literatures"
    The Failed Individual. Research & Study Centre Dynamics of Change
    University of Mannheim | 12–14 Nov. 2015
  • "Broken Narratives and the Curse of Coherence"
    The Ethics of Storytelling: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Literature, Media and the Visual Arts
    University of Turku, Finland | 4–7 June 2015
  • "Beyond the Subject, towards the Object? Auto/biographical Objects as Triggers for Re-Thinking the Ideologies of a Genre"
    Beyond the Subject: New Developments in Life Writing. International Auto/biography Association Europe
    Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, Vienna, Austria | 31 Oct.–3 Nov. 2013
  • "How I Found My Family in a Drawer: Nancy K. Miller's What They Saved and the Framing of Multimodal Artefacts in Relational Life Narratives"
    Narrative Matters: Life & Narrative. Sixth Biannual Interdisciplinary Conference on Narrative Research
    American University of Paris, France | 29 May–1 June 2012
  • "Intermediale Selbstpräsentationen als Inszenierungsverfahren interpersonaler Identitätskonzepte"
    Medialisierungsformen des (Auto-)biographischen und ihre Kommunikationskontexte
    Sektion Biographieforschung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie
    Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Hamburg | 2–4 Dec. 2011
  • "The Autobiographer as Family Archivist: Forms and Functions of Multimodality in Relational Autobiographies"
    Working with Stories: Narrative as a Meeting Place for Theory, Analysis and Practice. Second European Narrative Network Conference
    University of Southern Denmark, Kolding | 10–11 March 2011
  • "Peter Handke's Immer Noch Sturm as an Example of Relational Life Writing in Europe"
    Trajectories of (Be)longing: Europe in Life Writing. International Auto/biography Association Europe
    Talinn University, Estonia | 18–20 May 2011