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Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik


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Monika Fludernik, Mag. phil. Dr. phil., Univ.-Doz., Professor
Born: 6 March, 1957 in Graz (Austria)
Nationality: Austrian


  • German (native language)
  • English
  • French
  • Russian (school level)
  • Japanese (beginner)
  • Classical languages: Latin, Greek, Sanskrit



1975 Graduation from Austrian grammar school (Gymnasium)
Fall 1975      Immatriculation at the University of Graz
Subjects: English Language & Literature, Indo-European Philology, Mathematics, History, later French
09/1982 Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in English and Indo-European Philology
Dissertation: "Erzähler- und Figurenrede in James Joyces Ulysses" ('Narrator's and Characters' Voices in Ulysses')
Supervisor: F.K. Stanzel
11/1983 M.A. (Mag.phil.) in English and History
12/1992 Univ.-Dozent (tenure) for English and American Literature and Text Linguistics
Univ.of Vienna



1980–1981 Research grant by the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research to Oxford
Dissertation inofficially supervised by Richard Ellmann
1987–1988     Erwin Schrödinger Auslandsstipendium – Research grant to use library facilities at Harvard
Visiting Scholar at Department of Comparative Literature, Harvard University
1990–1991 Fellow at the National Humanities Center at Research Triangle Park, NC
Funded by the American Council of Learned Societies and the A.W. Mellon Foundation
1993–1994 Humboldt Fellowship for project on the historical present tense and narrative structure in early Modern English, Freiburg
2001 Michaelmas Term – Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford
2009–2010 Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
2014–2015 Fellow at the Institut d'Études Avancées (Paris)
2019–2020 Internal Senior Fellowship at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
2022 Michaelmas Term – Fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford



  • Perkins Prize 1996 for Towards a 'Natural' Narratology (ex aequo with Judith Roof for her Come as You Are): awarded at SSNL conference at Northwestern University in April 1998
  • Landesforschungspreis des Landes Baden-Württemberg 2001 – National Research Award of the state of Baden-Württemberg
  • Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award 2024



  • Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2000–)
  • Elected Member of the Academia Europaea, London (2008–)
  • Elected Member of the American Philosophical Society (2023-)



1977–1978 Tutor for German at the Oxford Polytechnic
1979–1980 & 1983–1984 Graduate assistant (Studienassistent and Vertragsassistent) in the English Department of Graz University
1984–1992 Assistant professor (Assistent) at Vienna University, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
12/1992 Tenured as associate professor (Universitäts-Dozent)
10/1994– Professor of English (endowed chair position) at the University of Freiburg



1994 University of Freiburg (accepted)
1999 University of Vienna (rejected)
2004 Shortlisted Regius Chair, University of Glasgow
2005 Shortlisted Chair for General and Comparative Literature, University of Amsterdam
2010 Freie Universität Berlin/Germany (rejected)



1995–1996 Pro-Dean of the Philosophische Fakultät III
1999–2000 Dean of the Philosophische Fakultät III
1995– Several times member of the Faculty Board
Chair of the English Department



1986 Secretary of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung von Nordamerikastudien at Vienna University
1986–1987      Secretary of the Austrian Association for American Studies (replaced in July 1987 before leaving for the U.S.)
1986–2003 Member of the Görres-Gesellschaft Advisory Board
1997–1999 Board member of the Deutscher Anglistenverband
1997–2006 President of IALS (International Association of Literary Semantics)
1996–2000 Vice Chair of the collaborative research centre SFB 541 Identitäten und Alteritäten ('Identies and Alterities')
2000–2003 Chair of the SFB 541
2002–2006 Elected member of the University Senate
2006–2008 Board member of the Deutscher Anglistenverband
2008–2012 Director of the PhD research group Geschichte und Erzählen ('History and Narrative')
2012–2021 Director of the graduate school GRK 1767 Faktuales und Fiktionales Erzählen ('Factual and Fictional Narration')
2013–2021 Member of the collaborative research centre SFB 1015 Muße. Grenzen, Raumzeitlichkeit, Praktiken ('Otium. Boundaries, Chronotopes, Practices') and member of the directing board and Konzeptgruppe (2012-2021)
2019 – 2024 Principal Investigator Reinhart-Koselleck-Projekt der DFG "Diachronic Narratology"



Editor of the book series:

  • Handbücher zum literaturwissenschaftlichen Studium (with Ansgar Nünning; Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 1995–2001)
  • Literary and Cultural Studies, Theory and the (new) Media (with Sieglinde Lemke; Peter Lang, 2011–)
  • Faktuales und Fiktionales Erzählen (Ergon-Verlag, 2014–)
  • Otium (with Thomas Böhm, Elisabeth Cheauré, Gregor Dobler, Günter Figal, Hans W. Hubert, and Peter-Philipp Riedl; Mohr Siebeck, 2015–)

On the editorial board of the book series:

  • Narratologia. Contributions to Narrative Theory (de Gruyter)

On the editorial board of the following journals:

  • Style (1994–)
  • Language and Literature (1997–)
  • Arcadia (2013–)

On the advisory board of the following journals:

  • New Literary History (2001–2009)
  • RANAM (2002–)
  • Poetics Today (2007–)
  • Textus (journal of the AIA, Associazione Italiana di Anglistica), (2008–)
  • member of Comité Scientifique International of the journal GRAAT (Groupe de Recherches Anglo-Américainesde Tours) (2006–)

Serving as referee for the following journals and research centers:

  • Style; Journal of Pragmatics; Language and Literature; Eighteenth-Century Fiction; Poetics Today
  • Member of the Academic Committee for the Helsinki Centre of Advanced Studies/Helsinki Colloqium (awards research fellowships) 1999-2002
  • Refereeing also for DFG (German Research Council); Evangelisches Studienwerk; Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes; Helsinki Academy of Sciences; the Leverhulme Trust; FWF Vienna
  • External evaluator of Helsinki University departments of Humanities (October 2005)
  • External evaluator for the Exellence Initiative of the German Research Council in July 2006
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) for the Courant Research Centre "Multi-layered Text Protocol: Micro and Macro Level
  • Structures in Written Discourse" (July 2009)
  • Refereeing for Schweizerischer Nationalfonds
  • Refereeing for the following publishers (manuscripts and proposals): Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Routledge, de Gruyter


Lecture Series (Ringvorlesung)

  • Summer Term 1997 | Das achtzehnte Jahrhundert
  • Summer Term 1998 | Die Romantik
  • Winter Term 1999/2000 | Fin de siècle
  • Winter Term 2000/2001 | Moderne/Postmoderne


Smaller Colloquia

  • Colloquium on the Noble Savage (November 1999)
  • Colloquium with Hayden White (February 2003)
  • Colloquium on Free Indirect Discourse (January 2005)
  • Colloquium on Law and Literature (February 2005)
  • Colloquium "Metaphor and Ideology", with Zoltán Kövesces (June 2010)
  • Podium Discussion "Abuse of Power in Prisons" (July 2004)
  • Numerous colloquia in the context of the graduate school Factual and Fictional Narration


Initiator of EARS (English and American Rhenish Scholars) – Regular once-a-term meetings between English Departments of Mulhouse, Strasbourg, Basel, and Freiburg