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Recent Trends in Narratological Research

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John Pier

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1Jon-K Adams teaches American Studies at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. His article "Hacker Ideology (aka Hacking Freedom)" appeared in Bildschirmfiktionen: Interferenzen zwischen Literatur und neuen Medien (1998). His edition "The Phrack Editorials of Eric Bloodaxe" appeared in Node9: An E-Journal of Writing and Technology (1997). His most recent book is Narrative Explanation: A Pragmatic Theory of Discourse (1996).

2Gordon Collier is Co-General Editor of the book series Cross/Cultures: Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English, and Caribbean editor of the journal Matatu. He teaches the New Literatures in English and post-colonial cultural studies at Justus-Liebig Universität Gieflen. He has edited US/THEM: Translation, Transcription and Identity in Post-Colonial Literary Cultures, and is the author of The Rocks and Sticks of Words: Style, Discourse and Narrative Structure in the Fiction of Patrick White as well as of articles on narratological issues, West Indian literature, and contemporary Australian and New Zealand film and fiction. He is currently editing the occasional journalism of Derek Walcott and researching the iconography of the mirror in Renaissance and Baroque art.

3Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth is Saintsbury Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She has published two multidisciplinary books on the humanist cultural construction of time (Realism and Consensus, Princeton, 1983; 2nd ed. Edinburgh, 1998) and on its contemporary cultural reconstruction (Sequel to History, Princeton, 1992), as well as two other books on nineteenth-century British cultural narrative (George Eliot, essays, translations, novels, 1985; English Novel in History, 1840-1895, 1997). She has contributed to various journals and several collections on women and writing, on nineteenth-century literature and culture, and on contemporary writing and culture. Her current projects include a cultural history of the American west, an analysis of the political consequences of postmodernity, a feminist essay on method, and a collection of essays on the future of universities.

4Monika Fludernik is Professor of English Literature at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. She is the author of The Fictions of Language and the Languages of Fiction (Routledge, 1993), a study of free indirect discourse and related forms of speech and thought representation in literary and non-literary language, and of Towards a 'Natural' Narratology (Routledge, 1996). She has edited a special issue on second-person fiction (Style 28. 3, 1994) as well as two volumes of essays (Hybridity and, Postcolonialism: Twentieth-Century Indian Literature, Tübingen: Stauffenburg 1998; and Das 18. Jahrhundert, Trier: WVT, 1998). Other publications include theoretical articles on narrative theory, historiographical metafiction and linguistic problems such as deixis and the historical present tense, as well as interpretative studies of selected work by James Joyce, Sherwood Anderson, Thomas Pynchon, Eugene O'Neill, W. B. Yeats, George Eliot and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Work in progress includes a project on the development of narrative structure in English literature between 1250 and 1750 as well as articles on the Middle English saints' legend, on the image of the prison in English literature, on expatriate Indian literature in English, and studies of William Godwin, Edmund Burke and Thomas Otway. Author's address: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, English Department, D-79085 Freiburg im Breisgau/Germany.

5Pierre Gault is Emeritus Professor at the Université de Tours, where for many years he taught twentieth-century American fiction. A distinguished translator (his translation of Annie Dillard's Pirlgrim at Pinker Creek won the 1991 Prix Coindreau), he has also published on Hawkes, Nabokov, Gass and many others.

6Manfred Jahn is a Research Assistant in the English Department of the Universität zu Köln. Current interests include natural language processing, cognitive, reception-theoretical and AI approaches to narratology, focalization theory, and techniques for the representation of consciousness. Recent publications include "Windows of Focalization: Deconstructing and Reconstructing a Narratological Concept" (Style 30. 2 [1996], 214-267) and "Frames, Preferences, and the Reading of Third-Person Narratives: Towards a Cognitive Narratology (Poetics Today 18. 4 [1997], 441-468).

7Martin Löschnigg is Assistant Professor of English at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. He has published books on the literature of the First World War and articles on narrative theory and on the nineteenth-and twentieth-century English novel. Further research interests include comparative literature, James Joyce and Canadian studies. He is currently engaged in a study of narrative discourse in English autobiography and autobiographical fiction.

8Uri Margolin is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. His research is focused on literary theory and methodology and on narratology. Publications include close to forty articles in collective volumes as well as in international journals such as Journal of Literary Semantics, Language and Literature, Language and Style, Poetics Today, Semiotica and Style.

9Dieter Meindl is a Professor in the North American Studies section of the English Department at the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. He has also taught at the universities of Mainz and Augsburg as well as Southeast Missouri State University and Duke University. Apart from his German Ph. D., he holds a master's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Arkansas. His special research interests — North American fiction, American/Canadian literary relations, the American South, narratology — figure prominently in his numerous publications. Among several books written or edited by him, the most recent is a monograph entitled American Fiction and the Metaphysics of the Grotesque (1996, Univ. of Missouri Press).

10Ansgar F. Nünning is Professor of English and American Literary and Cultural Studies at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen. He has published books on narratology, Virginia Woolf, the historical novel and historiographic metafiction, and he has recently edited an encyclopedia of literary and cultural theory. His articles on narratology, the eighteenth and nineteenth-century British novel and literary theory (e. g., the New Historicism, gender studies, the history of mentalities, radical constructivism and postcolonial criticism) have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and edited books.

11John Pier is a Professor of English at the Université de Tours. Specialized in narratology and semiotics, his articles and reviews have appeared in Style, Ars Semeiotica, Poetics Today, Bulletin de Stylistique Anglaise, Poetics Today, GRAAT, Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics, etc. as well as in a number of collective works, and they include studies of Sterne, Joyce, Nabokov, Max Frisch and others. He is currently researching intertextuality in modern fiction.

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