Deborah de Muijnck


Research and Teaching Assistant at the Chair of English Literary Studies


Deborah de Muijnck is a research and teaching fellow at the Department of English Literature with a focus on Cognitive Narratology and British Literature. She has worked as an online editor in Cologne, Berlin, Dortmund, Munich and Aachen, and travelled around the globe as an analogue photographer until she settled in academia in 2019. 

She is currently working on her dissertation titled "Cultural Models and Narrative Identity: The Case of Military Autobiographical Writing", in which she explains how soldiers and veterans reconstruct their narrative identity after war experiences through non-fictional, autobiographical narratives using cultural models of identity and story scripts. 

Her other research interests include contemporary and historical literature, medical narratives, narrative criminology, and postcolonial/indigineous narratives. 

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  • de Muijnck, Deborah, Francesca Wessing, Nalin Camur, and Linda Wetzel. "Plot." Introduction to Cognitive Narratology, edited by Jan Alber and Peter Wenzel. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2021, pp. 119-142.
  • Schneider, Ralf, and Deborah de Muijnck. "Methods of Reception Theory and Cognitive Approaches - From Reception Aesthetics to Cognitive Poetics." Methods of Textual Analysis in Literary Studies: Approaches, Basics, Model Interpretations, edited by Vera Nünning, and Ansgar Nünning. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2021, pp. 251-72.
  • de Muijnck, Deborah. Review: "Lena Linne. Unlived Lives in English Literature. A Typological Study. " Anglia 138.4, 2020
  • de Muijnck, Deborah. "When Breath Becomes Air: Constructing Stable Narrative Identity During Terminal Illness". Narrative, special issue of Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique, Issue 38, edited by Calvin Fung, and Giulia Mastrantoni. Melbourne: Monash University, 2019.

Lectures and Presentations

03/2021: “Cultural Models and Narrative Identity: The Case of Military, Autobiographical Writing“. Invited Guest Speaker at the Aston Literary Linguistics Research Seminar Series, Aston University, Birmingham (United Kingdom, held online). 03.03.2021

03/2020: "Autobiographical Storytelling: Constructing Relatively Stable Narrative Selfhood During Terminal Illness". Narrative 2020 Conference, Mississippi State University, New Orleans (USA). 06.03.2020

10/2019: "Mission Narratives: Creating Purpose-Driven Narrative Identity through Autobiographical Storytelling after War-Experience". Narratives of Displacement Conference, St. Anne's College, University of Oxford (United Kingdom). Organizer: London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, 26. October 2019

07/2019: Potentially Stable Narrative Self - Creating a Model for Literary Analyses, Summerschool in Narrative Studies (SINS), Aarhus Universitet (Denmark). 27.07.-03.08.2019

04/2019: Narrative Identity (Re-)Construction and Trauma Communication, English Colloquium, RWTH Aachen University (Germany).

04/2018: Post-Conflict Narratives: An Experimental Outlook on Interdisciplinary Research, English Colloquium, RWTH Aachen (Germany).


Projects and Scientific Positions of Administration

since 09/2020: Foundation and management of the event series "Pandemic Storytelling - Finding New Narratives" together with Jessica Jumpertz, M.A.

03/2020 - 04/2021: Management and co-ordination of the online young researchers' conference Narratives of Body and Mind

05-10/2020: Co-Coordination of the workshop "The Study of Literature, Reading and Cognition: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Concepts, and Terms"

05/2019 - 01/2020: Co-Coordination of the lecture series "Empirical Approaches to Literature - Chances and Challenges"


Academic Education:

  • since 04/2018:
    Ph.D. student at the Chair of English Literature, Department of English and American Studies, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • 10/2013 – 04/2016
    Master's degree in English Studies, Linguistics and Communication Science, RWTH Aachen University, German
  • 08/2012
    Chinese Language and Culture, Summer School, Shanghai University, Chin
  • 08/2011 – 02/2012
    International Cultural Studies, Aalborg University, Denmar
  • 10/2008 – 09/2012
    Bachelor's degree in Applied Literature and Cultural Studies, Applied Linguistics, Psychology, TU Dortmund University, Germany



08/2012: NRW-China Excellence Initiative
08/2011 - 02/2012: ERASMUS scholarship abroad


Member of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association (DKGL)

Member of the International Society for the Study of Narrative

Member of the International Association of Literary Semantics