Dr Alexandra Effe

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OCLW Visiting Scholar Alexandra Effe is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at Giessen University, Germany, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Life-Writing Research, King’s College, London.

Before taking up the position in Giessen, she studied and conducted research at Freiburg University, Germany, at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, at Jesus College, University of Oxford, and at Queen Mary University of London, where she held a Queen Mary Principal’s Doctoral Scholarship. She teaches on narrative and postcolonial theory, on the novel from the eighteenth-century to contemporary literature, on world literature, and on poetry. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and a member of the International Society for the Study of Narrative and the European Narratology Network. At Giessen University, she is an active member in research groups on “Cultural Narratologies” and “Identity.” Projects include a conference on “Literature and Institutions” (June 2017) and another conference in preparation on nonfiction comics, titled “Graphic Realities” (February 2018).

Her recently published monograph, J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Narrative Transgression: A Reconsideration of Metalepsis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), explores Coetzee’s self-reflexive oeuvre, drawing together authorship, readership, ethics, and formal analysis into an overarching argument about how narratives work the boundary between art and life. She has published articles on life-writing and on narrative theory, and she has acted as editor of the bilingual journal for comparative literature and cultural studies, eTransfers. Currently, she is working on a project on metaautobiographical writing, exploring forms and functions of fictionality in self-reflexive autobiographies or novels in autobiographical form from a diachronic perspective.


  • “Metalepsis and/as Hermeneutics.” DIEGESIS 2 (2017)
  • M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Narrative Transgression: A Reconsideration of Metalepsis. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
  • “Fighting Real Fires with Fictional Flames: J. M. Coetzee’s Literary Response to Political and Discursive Crises.” Literature and Crises: Conceptual Explorations and Literary Negotiations. Ed. Ansgar Nünning (forthcoming)
  • “Coetzee’s Summertime as a Metaleptic Conversation.” JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory2 (2017): 252-275
  • “J. M. Coetzee and the Politics of Style.“ English Studies 6 (2016): 681-682

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