Monika Fludernik (born 1957) is Professor of English Literature at the University of Freiburg/Germany and the director of the graduate school “Factual and Fictional Narration” (GRK 1767) funded by the German Research Foundation. She studied English, Indo-European Philology, Mathematics and History at the University of Graz, Austria and did her PhD under the supervision of F. K. Stanzel on "Narrator's and Characters' Voices in Ulysses". Her habilitation book was published as The Fictions of Language and the Languages of Fiction (Routledge, 1993). She is the author of An Introduction to Narratology (Routledge, 2009) and of the award-winning Towards a ‘Natural’ Narratology (Routledge, 1996). Her book on Gabriel Josipovici, the British postmodernist novelist, Echoes and Mirrorings: Gabriel Josipovici’s Creative Oeuvre (2000), is the first monograph on this major contemporary writer. Work in progress includes a monograph on prison metaphors and work on factual versus fictional narrative concentrating on description and collective minds, especially from a diachronic perspective. Her project at the IEA focuses on late medieval and early modern factual and fictional narratives.
The topic of my research project is “Narrative diachrony: Prose narratives from the late 15th century to the early 17th century”. I wish to analyse two genres: the prose novel and the folktale (factual and pseudofactual). The selected texts will be examined in depth in order to demonstrate the evolution of forms and their functions in the period being studied. The most important objective of this research project will be to determine whether the categories of classical narratology (Gérard Genette in particular) are appropriate for describing all the characteristics of narrative prose from the English Renaissance and factual texts, or whether we must modify narrative models in order for them to be applicable to all historical forms of narration.