apl. Prof. Dr.

Sven Strasen

Professor of English Literary Studies and Literary Theory


Sven Strasen (1964), PhD, adjunct professor of English Literary Studies and Literary Theory at the Institute for English, American and Romance Studies at RWTH Aachen University. 

Research Interests:

Cognitive Literary Studies; Reader-response Theory; Empirical Literary Studies; Narratology and Stylistics; Emotions and Experientiality in the reading process; Narrative Construction of Identity.




Phone: +49 241 80 96102
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  • Strasen, Sven. "Cognitive Approaches to Narrative -- Mapping the Field." Introduction to Cognitive Narratology, edited by Jan Alber and Peter Wenzel. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2021, pp. 21-42.
  • Alber, Jan, Caroline Kutsch, and Sven Strasen. “Empirical Methods in Literary Studies.” Methods of Analysis in Literary Studies: Approaches, Concepts and Case-Studies, edited by Vera and Ansgar Nünning. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2021, pp. 273-96.
  • Strasen, Sven. "Fiktionalität und Leseprozesse." Grundthemen der Literaturwissenschaft: Fiktionalität, edited by Lut Missinne, Ralf Schneider, and Beatrix Theresa van Dam. Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter, 2020, pp. 297-323.
  • Strasen, Sven, and Julia Vaeßen. "A Cognitive and Cultural Reader Response Theory of Character Construction." Style and Response: Minds Media Methods, edited by Alice Bell et al., Benjamins, in print.
  • Kutsch, Caroline, and Sven Strasen. “Models of Experientiality: Or, When Russian Formalism Meets Embodied Cognition and Empirical Literary Studies.” Modelle in der Literatur- und Sprachwissenschaft sowie ihrer Didaktik/Models in Literary Studies and Linguistics, edited by Sven Strasen, and Julia Vaeßen. Trier: WVT, 2019, pp. 55-80.
  • Strasen, Sven. "Literaturwissenschaftliche Rezeptionsforschung. Auf dem Weg von der Produkt- zur Prozessästhetik." Der Deutschunterricht, vol. 3, 2017, pp. 19-27.
  • Strasen, Sven. Rezeptionstheorien: Literatur-, Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaftliche Ansätze und Kulturelle Modelle. Trier: WVT, 2008.



Award for best 2nd thesis in Germany for the 2008-2010 period by the Association of German University Teachers of English Studies in 2010.

Appointed "RWTH Lecturer" for outstanding teaching in 2014.