I completed my Mag. phil. degrees in German Philology (2006-2011), English and American Studies (2006-2012), as well as General and Applied Linguistics (2008-2013) at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. I have then joined Birmingham City University as a PhD student in the context of a research project of a comparative study of narratology in September 2014. I am a lecturer at the University of Birmingham since September 2014 and I teach German across the full range of language levels, academic as well as Open Access and Free for All.
As a researcher, I am highly interesting in the relationship between literary theory and narratology across the languages. My focus thereby lies with the Anglo-American and Germanic tradition. In my PhD thesis, which will be submitted in February 2018, I am researching metafiction in the postmodern British novel in order to determine how texts communicate the relationship between fiction and reality. The outcome of my research is an open system of classification that allows me to determine how and to what effect texts overtly or covertly engage with their own fictionality, artefactuality, and constructedness. After my PhD, I want to research how this mechanism is realised in other media, particularly video games, and other literary epochs, notably German Romanticism.
I greatly enjoy teaching languages because in my opinion they allow us to gain an insight into a culture’s sentiments and people’s unique characteristics. I believe that learning languages is more than learning grammar and vocabulary – it is about experiencing the other in all its facets.