Supervising Research Papers and Theses


The earlier, the better:

The sooner you discuss your ideas with your potential supervisors, the more promising will the academic writing process be for you.


Supervising Theses

We are happy to supervise Bachelor's, Master's and PhD Theses in the fields of Cognitive and Empirical Literary Studies. From Cognitive Narratolology via Reader-Response Theory to Empirical Studies and beyond, everything is possible. Just get in touch with any of the ACCELS members and we will find the most suitable supervisors for you. We particularly encourage PhD students to come to Aachen for research on Cognitive and Empirical Literary studies. You will find a unique research environment; not to mention the nice fellow students and teaching staff.


Research Interests

Prof. Dr. Ralf Schneider

  • Reader-response Theory
  • Empirical Reception Studies
  • Cognitive Narratology
  • Cognitive Poetics/Stylistics
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • British Literature and Culture (in combination with the above perspectives)

Prof. Dr. Jan Alber:

  • Cognitive and empirical approaches
  • Narrative theory
  • Literary theory
  • Unnatural Storie
  • Post-postmodernism
  • Postmodern age
  • Dickens
  • The horror novel
  • Romantic Poetry
  • Film analysis
  • Prof. Alber is also interested in all topics beyond these focal points.

apl. Prof. Dr. Sven Strasen

  • Reader-response Theory
  • Empirical Reception Studies
  • Cognitive Narratology
  • Cognitive Poetics/Stylistics
  • Cognitive Cultural Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies

Deborah de Muijnck, M.A.

  • Cognitive Narratology, Psychological Approaches to Literature and Culture
  • Narrative Identity
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Literary History
  • Empirical Literary Studies
  • Narrative Criminology
  • Medical Narratives

Teresa Turnbull, M.A.

  • Disability Studie
  • Gender Studie
  • Contemporary British & American Literatur
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • …and everything out of the ordinary

Judith Eckenhoff, M.A.

  • Ecocriticism
  • Cultural Studies
  • Speculative fiction
  • Gothic Studies,
  • Nineteenth Century literature and culture
  • Film and Media Studies.

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