The Narrative Encounters Project is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and based at the Department of English at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria.


Photo Credit: Juan Alvarez-Ajamil

Cognitive approaches to cultural texts are increasingly gaining currency in contemporary debates in literary and cultural studies; yet they have often been criticized for focusing too narrowly on the interaction between a text and a single, highly abstract reader, and for disregarding both actual readers and the larger historical, political, and cultural context in which a text is produced and consumed. The Narrative Encounters Project aims at bridging some of the perceived gaps between cognitive narratology and more context and politically oriented approaches. The project uses a cognitive approach to explore the narrative strategies employed in a range of ethnic American literary production—specifically by African American, Chicanx and Muslim American writers—with a special emphasis on empathy, affect, and emotion. The central aim of the project is to develop a cognitive approach that helps us to investigate the role of empathy and emotion in the literary mediation of ethnic and cultural difference and to gain a better understanding of what larger cultural repercussions such imaginary engagement may have in the contemporary political climate of the United States.

The project runs from October 2018 to June 2022 (extended).


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New Publication by Marijana Mikić on Jessie Redmon Fauset’s Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral

Marijana Mikić has published an article in Anglia: Journal of English Philology, entitled “Mind, Body, and Race in Jessie Redmon Fauset’s Plum Bun” Working at the intersection of cognitive and critical race narratology, the essay examines the relationship between the embodied mind and the social construction of race in Jessie Redmon Fauset’s Plum Bun: A…

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New publication by Marijana Mikić on Etaf Rum’s A Woman Is No Man

Marijana Mikić has published an article in Orbis Litterarum, entitled “Arab American women and the generational cycle of shame: A cognitive reading of Etaf Rum’s A Woman Is No Man.” The article uses a cognitive narratological approach to analyze how Etaf Rum’s A Woman Is No Man (2019) negotiates Arab American patriarchal culture through the…

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Final Program for the Narrative Encounters Conference now online!

Please join us for our international online conference “Narrative Encounters with Ethnic American Literatures” from Sept. 2-4, 2021. Taking a cue from pioneering efforts at the intersection of context-oriented approaches in race and ethnicity studies and post-classical narratology, this conference is interested in the relationship between narrative, race, and ethnicity in the United States.Our distinguished…

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Narrative Encounters Conference on September 2-4, 2021

Our international online conference “Narrative Encounters with Ethnic American Literatures” is coming closer. Taking a cue from pioneering efforts at the intersection of context-oriented approaches in race and ethnicity studies and post-classical narratology, this conference is interested in the relationship between narrative, race, and ethnicity in the United States. Reading so-called “ethnic” American literatures means…

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Marijana Mikić receives dissertation fellowship from the University of Klagenfurt

Within the framework of the one-year fellowship, which is sponsored by the University of Klagenfurt’s Faculty of Humanities, PhD researcher Marijana Mikić will work towards the completion of her dissertation project with the working title “Black Storyworlds: Race, Space, and Emotion in Contemporary African American Literature.”

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Ethnic American Literatures and Critical Race Narratology forthcoming from Routledge

Ethnic American Literatures and Critical Race Narratology, edited by the Narrative Encounters Team — Alexa Weik von Mossner, Marijana Mikić, and Mario Grill — is now under contract with Routledge for Chris Gonzáles’ Narrative Theory and Cultures series. Interrogating the relationship between narrative, race, and ethnicity in the United States, the book includes contributions by Frederick Luis Aldama, Marlene Allen, James Donahue, Elizabeth Garcia, Jennifer Ho, Patrick Colm Hogan, Matthias Klestil, Derek Maus, Stella Setka, and Michelle Wang.

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How Reading Shapes Us: Lan Dong

My earliest memory of reading and literature is associated with pocket-sized picture-story books (known as “Lian Huan Hua” in Chinese). When I was young, my mother read the stories to me; when I learned to read enough words, I read as many picture-story books as I could get my hands on. The majority of these books are illustrated adaptations or abridged versions, usually in narrative form.

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Mario Grill and Marijana Mikić to participate in the 2021 Project Narrative Summer Institute

Our PhD researchers Mario Grill and Marijana Mikić have been accepted to participate in the 2021 Project Narrative Summer Institute to be held online from June 21 to July 2. PNSI is a two-week workshop at Ohio State University that offers faculty and advanced graduate students in any discipline the opportunity for an intensive study of core concepts and issues in narrative theory.

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New Publication by Mario Grill on Guilt, Shame and Anger in Cherríe Moraga’s Native Country of the Heart

Mario Grill has published an article entitled “Guilt, shame, anger and the Chicana experience: Cherríe Moraga’s Native Country of the Heart as voice of resistance”. This article is part of a double special issue of Prose Studies, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama and Katlin Marisol Sweeney. This article points towards a Latinx literary studies’ focus…

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Marijana Mikić receives grant from AAU’s Young-Scientists-Mentoring Program

Within the framework of the one-year grant, PhD researcher Marijana Mikić will work closely with her mentors Derek Maus and James Donahue at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Professor Maus is an expert in contemporary African American literature, in particular in the field of black satire. His recent publications on the topic…

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New Publication on Strategic Empathy and Intersectionalism in Alice Walker’s “Am I Blue?”

Together with colleagues W P Małecki and Małgorzata Dobrowolska, Alexa Weik von Mossner has published an article entitled “Narrating Human and Animal Oppression: Strategic Empathy and Intersectionalism in Alice Walker’s ‘Am I Blue?’” in the journal Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. Combining orginal empirical research and cognitive narratology, the study explores the narrative strategies…

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The 2020 Project Narrative Summer Institute at Ohio State University

The 2020 Project Narrative Summer Institute: Narrative, Medicine and Disability June 22-July 2, 2020 PNSI is a two-week workshop on the campus of Ohio State University that offers faculty and advanced graduate students in any discipline the opportunity for an intensive study of core concepts and issues in narrative theory. The focus for summer 2020…

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Workshop on Representing the Interracial with Jesse Ramirez

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 15:00-16:30 English Department, University of Klagenfurt Black, White, and Brown: Representing the Interracial Workshop with Jesse Ramirez, University of St. Gallen Based on several of his publications as well as selections from Jose Antonio Villarreal’s Pocho and Randol Contreras’s “Standpoint Purgatorio,” Jesse Ramirez will discuss with the Narrative Encounters team the…

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CFP for International Conference “Narrative Encounters with Ethnic American Literatures”

Conveners: Alexa Weik von Mossner, Marijana Mikić, and Mario GrillLocation: University of Klagenfurt, AustriaDate: September 17-19, 2020 Taking a cue from pioneering efforts at the intersection of context-oriented approaches in race and ethnicity studies and post-classical narratology, this conference is interested in the relationship between narrative, race, and ethnicity in the United States. Reading so-called…

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Cognition and Chicanx Culture: An Interview with Frederick Luis Aldama- Part III

By Mario Grill <Part II Moving us Toward a Tomorrow MG: Thank you for that very insightful response and you mention a lot that has diminished and discriminated certain communities. That is also something you argue in your Conversations on Cognitive Cultural Studies with Patrick Colm Hogan (2014). Both of you agree that such narratives…

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Cognition and Chicanx Culture: An Interview with Frederick Luis Aldama- Part II

By Mario Grill < Part I Identity and Borders MG: When analyzing Coco or any Chicanx texts there’s the use of multiple languages and how this enriches Chicanx narratives in ways that we might not find in other ethnic American literatures. I’m thinking of how Chicanx narratives construct through and across Spanish and English double-identities.…

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Workshop with Fulbright Scholar Matthew Teutsch: Encountering African American Literature in the Classroom

Encountering African American Literature in the Classroom: Workshop with Matthew Teutsch Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 15:00-16:30 English Department, University of Klagenfurt Based on several of his publications, Matthew Teutsch will discuss with the Narrative Encounters team how teaching African American literature might help students gain a better understanding of the ways in which the past…

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Guest Lecture on U.S. Immigration History by Fulbright Scholar Andrew Urban

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 12:00 in HS10 English Department, University of Klagenfurt U.S. Immigration History and the Contemporary Politics of Immigration Control The first portion of this talk will explore contemporary debates about immigration and asylum policies in the US, and the resurgence of xenophobia, racism, and nativism in American culture. Among the questions…

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Workshop with Wojciech Malecki on Empirical Methods in Literary Studies

Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 10:30-11:30 English Department, University of Klagenfurt Based on his extensive experiences in the empirical study of literary texts with an interdisciplinary team of psychologists and biologists at the University of Wroclaw, Wojciech Malecki will discuss with the Narrative Encounters team how we can study the attitudinal impact of stories experimentally. Why…

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