Teresa Turnbull


Research and Teaching Assistant at the Chair of English Literary Studies


Teresa Turnbull has been a research assistant at the Chair of English Literature at the Institute for English, American and Romance Studies at RWTH Aachen University since 2019. She is currently working on her dissertation project on the topic “Impossible Bodies – Character Bodies and Reader Cognition in Speculative Fiction”, supervised by Prof. Dr. Ralf Schneider. In addition to cognitive literary studies, her research interests also include disability studies, gender studies, and the representation of monsters and marvels in literature and culture.


Phone: 0241 8095630


  • 05/19: Androids, Cyborgs, and the (Dis)Embodied: Gender, Body & Identity (Re-) Construction in Literary Representations of Artificial(ised) Beings, Bielefeld University


  • Turnbull, Teresa. (2023). “Reading Bodies as Space in Hanif Kureishi’s ‘The Body” (2002)’. In Marquardt, Diana, Jennifer Fest, Werner Kreisel und Tobias Reeh (eds.). Reale – fiktive – virtuelle Räume. Göttingen: ZELTForum. doi:10.17875/gup2023-2216,

Academic Degrees

  • 10/2016 – 09/2019 Master Degree British and American Studies, University of Bielefeld
  • 04/2012 – 09/2016 Bachelor Degree English Literary and Cultural Studies, English Linguistics, University of Paderborn

Academic Career

  • Since 10/2019:
    Research and Teaching Assistant at the Chair of English Literary Studies, RWTH Aachen University
  • 09/2018 – 08/2019:
    Student assistant for the project „Narrative Konstruktion post-feministischer Weiblichkeiten“ (Narrative Construction of Postfeminist Femininities), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) 
  • 06/2017 – 09/2018: Student Assistant at the Chair for English Linguistics, University of Bielefeld