Prof. Dr.

Ralf Schneider

Head of ACCELS


Ralf Schneider studied English, Romance Studies (Spanish and Italian) and Educational Science at the University of Cologne, where he received his PhD in 1999. He obtained his post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) from the University of Freiburg in 2004. From 2005 until 2019 he was Professor of British Literary and Cultural Studies at Bielefeld University and joined the Institute of English, American and Romance Studies (IfAAR) at RWTH Aachen University in Spring 2019 as Professor and Chair of English Literature, and instituted the Aachen Center for Cognitive and Empirical Literary Studies (ACCELS).

His research and publications cover several areas of British literary and cultural studies, including the relationship between literature and war, literary representations of masculinities, migration and literature, as well as literary constructions of childhood. The major areas of research are cognitive narratology and cognitive reception theory.


Phone: + 49 241 - 80 96100
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  • Schneider, Ralf. "Embodiment and Narrative Theory: Potential and Limitations." (Review of: Marco Caracciolo/Karin Kukkonen, With Bodies: Narrative Theory and Embodied Cognition.Columbus: Ohio State University Press 2021.) Journal of Literary Theory online (07.12.2022) URL:

  • Schneider, Ralf. "Potential and Actual Cognitive-Emotional Engagement with Characters: A Response to Michael Whitenton and Bonnie Howe & Eve Sweetser." Cognitive Linguistics and New Testament Narrative: Investigating Methodology through Characterization, special issue of Biblical Interpretation , edited by Jan Rüggemeier and Elizabeth E. Shively, vol. 29, no. 4-5, 2021, pp. 530-550.
  • Schneider, Ralf. "Iconographies of 'Childness' and the Contemporary British Novel: Book Covers, Discourses, and Cultural Models." Anglia, vol. 139, no. 4, 2021, pp. 710-738.
  • Schneider, Ralf. "Time and the Experience of Narrative." Introduction to Cognitive Narratology, edited by Jan Alber and Peter Wenzel. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2021, pp. 95-117.
  • 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.
  • Schneider, Ralf, Marcus Hartner, and Anne Lappert. "Looking for Textual Evidence: Digital Humanities, Middling-Class Morality, and the Eighteenth-Century English Novel." Digital Methods in the Humanities: Challenges, Ideas, Perspectives, edited by Silke Schwand, Bielefeld University Press (Imprint of transcript), 2020, pp. 239-268.
  • Missinne, Lut, Ralf Schneider, and Beatrix Theresa van Dam (eds.) Grundthemen der Literaturwissenschaft: Fiktionalität. Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter, 2020.
  • Schneider, Ralf. "Is there a Future for Neuro-Narratology?" Emerging Vectors of Narratology, edited by John Pier, and Philippe Roussin. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2017, pp. 479-497.
  • Schneider, Ralf. "Kognitivistische Narratologie." Grundthemen der Literaturwissenschaft: Erzählen, edited by Martin Huber, and Wolf Schmid. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2017, pp. 580-596.
  • Schneider, Ralf. "Interpretationsschemata und Rezeptionsprozess: Anmerkungen zum Interpretieren aus Sicht einer kognitiven Rezeptionstheorie." Literatur interpretieren: Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zur Theorie und Praxis, edited by Jan Borowski, Stefan Descher, Felicitas Ferder, and Philipp David Heine. Münster: Mentis, 2015, pp. 251-276.
  • Schneider, Ralf, and Marcus Hartner. "The Cognitive Theory of Literary Genres Revisited: Cues from Construction Grammar and Conceptual Integration." Linguistics & Literary Studies: Interfaces, Encounters, Transfers, edited by Daniel Jacob, and Monika Fludernik. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2014, pp. 383-401.
  • Schneider, Ralf. "The Cognitive Theory of Character Reception: An Updated Proposal." Focus on Reception and Reader Response, special issue of Anglistik, edited by Renate Brosch, vol. 24, no. 2, 2013, pp. 117-134. 
  • Schneider, Ralf. "Making Sense: Ziele, Möglichkeiten und Grenzen einer kognitiven Rezeptionstheorie.“ Konstruktionsgeschichten: Narrationsbezogene Ansätze in der Religionsforschung, edited by Gabriela Brahier, and Dirk Johannsen. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 2013, pp. 37-53.
  • Schneider, Ralf. "New Narrative Dynamics? How the Order of a Text and the Reader’s Cognition and Emotion Create its Meanings." New Narratologies: Recent Developments and New Directions, special issue of Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift, edited by Ansgar Nünning, vol. 63, no. 1, 2013), pp. 47-67.
  • Schneider, Ralf, and Marcus Hartner (eds). Blending and the Study of Narrative: Approaches and Applications. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2012.
  • Schneider, Ralf. "Blending and the Study of Narrative: An Introduction." Blending and the Study of Narrative: Approaches and Applications, edited by Ralf Schneider, and Marcus Hartner. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2012, pp. 1-30.
  • Schneider, Ralf, Jens Eder, and Fotis Jannidis (eds.) Characters in Fictional Worlds: Understanding Imaginary Beings in Literature, Film and Other Media. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2010.
  • Schneider, Ralf, Jens Eder, and Fotis Jannidis. "Understanding Characters in Fictional Worlds: An Introduction." Characters in Fictional Worlds: Understanding Imaginary Beings in Literature, Film and Other Media, edited by Jens Eder, Fotis Jannidis, and Ralf Schneider. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 2010, pp. 3-64.
  • Schneider, Ralf. "Methoden Rezeptionstheoretischer und Kognitionswissenschaftlicher Ansätze." Methoden der Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaftlichen Textanalyse, edited by Vera Nünning, and Ansgar Nünning. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2010, pp. 91-108.
  • Schneider, Ralf. "Metaphor." Bielefeld Introduction to Applied Linguistics, edited by Stephan Gramley, and Vivian Gramley. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2008, pp. 243-253.
  • Schneider, Ralf, and Monika Fludernik. "Cognitive Approaches in Literature and Linguistics." Anglistentag 2007 Münster. Proceedings, edited by Klaus Stierstorfer. Trier: WVT, 2008, pp. 181-190. (Section edited: pp. 181-276.)
  • Schneider, Ralf. "Literary Childhoods and the Blending of Conceptual Spaces: Transdifference and the Other in Ourselves." Theorizing Difference and Transdifference, special issue of Journal for the Study of British Cultures,  edited by Doris Feldmann, Ina Habermann, and Dunja Mohr, vol. 13, no. 2, 2006, pp. 147-160.
  • Schneider, Ralf. "Emotion and Narrative", "Reader Constructs", "Reader Response Theory", and "Reception Theory". The Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory, edited by David Herman, Manfred Jahn, and Marie-Laure Ryan. London, New York: Routledge, 2005, pp. 136-137, 483-484, 484-486, 492-493.
  • Schneider, Ralf. "Hypertext Narrative and the Reader: A View from Cognitive Theory." The Cognitive Turn: Papers in Cognitive Literary Studies, special issue of European Journal of English Studies, edited by Michael Toolan, and Jean-Jacques Weber, vol. 9, no. 2, 2005, pp. 197-208.
  • Schneider, Ralf, and Craig A. Hamilton. "From Iser to Turner and Beyond: Reception Theory Meets Cognitive Criticism." Style, vol. 36, no. 4, 2002, pp. 640-658.
  • Schneider, Ralf. "Toward a Cognitive Theory of Literary Character: The Dynamics of Mental-Model Construction." Style, vol. 35, no. 4, 2001, pp. 607-640.
  • Schneider, Ralf. Grundriß zur kognitiven Theorie der Figurenrezeption am Beispiel des viktorianischen Romans. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 2000.
  • Schneider, Ralf. "Pour une Théorie Cognitive du Personnage Littéraire: La Dynamique de Construction d'un Modèle Mentale." Translated by Aline Jarousse. TLE – Theorie, Littérature, Enseignement, vol. 17, 1999, pp. 87-113.