Natalia Igl

Postdoctoral Fellow - Allmenn litteraturvitenskap
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Academic interests & background

As a researcher and lecturer, I am especially interested in the intersections of literary studies and (cognitive) linguistics. My recent projects and publications deal with the complex perspectival strategies in narrative, the multimodality of historical illustrated magazines, and the ‘aesthetics of observation’ in 1920s-30s German literary modernism.

I hold a Master of Arts in Modern German Literature, Linguistics and Psychology from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (2006, with distinction) and a doctor’s degree in Modern German Literature form the University of Bayreuth (2011, summa cum laude), where I also worked as an assistant professor until 2018. In my doctoral thesis, I analysed the changing gender semantics in the ‘long 19th century’ and the literary discourse of ‘gender crisis’ in German naturalism – including a side glance on Henrik Ibsen’s pivotal role for the poetics of the German naturalist drama.

For more on my research and publications, see the list below and my profiles on, ResearchGate and ORCID.

Current project

In my project on “Readers as Observers” as a postdoctoral researcher and Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Individual Fellow at ILOS (funded under H2020 EU, Project ID: 794549) I study the radical forms of reader engagement in contemporary German and English-speaking multimodal novels – that is, novels that integrate images and visual forms into the narration and utilise the pictorial quality of script. Drawing on research in interdisciplinary narratology, cognitive linguistics, and visual semiotics, the project analyses the strategies that enable them to assign an observer role to the reader and present a narrative agent or the book itself as a ‘co-observer’ on eye-level.

Please find more information on the project’s objectives, upcoming events and research results on the project website

Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE)

I'm a participant of the research and education initiative Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE) which is one of the Faculty of Humanities five promoted initiatives. LCE is an interdisciplinary hub that brings together literary studies, linguistics, psychology and neurosciences in a new conversation about literature.


LIT4303 The multimodal novel: Theory and contemporary practice

Since my start as a lecturer in literature and linguistics in 2008, I have been teaching up to four courses per semester, spanning different topics in the domains of literary theory, history of literature, literary genres, (transmedial) narratology, cognitive poetics, discourse analysis, historical semantics, and language and cognition. 

Award, Scholarships & Funding (selection)

2018-2020 Funding for a Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Individual Fellowship at ILOS, UiO (see project website)

2018 Scholarship of the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius for a research project on periodicals of the Weimar Republic at the German Literature Archive in Marbach (DLA)

2017 Start-up funding by the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR) to develop the international cooperation project “The construction of (co-)observer roles in multimodal texts”, together with Vera Tobin (CWRU in Cleveland) and Karin Kukkonen (UiO)

2017 Sponsorship by the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA) for the symposium “Engagements with Cognitive Poetics” (University of Bayreuth, 19-21 June 2017)

2015 Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of Bayreuth

2007-2017 Various research fellowships at the German Literature Archive in Marbach (DLA)


2018-2019 Invited guest lecturer at "Geisteswissenschaftliches Kolleg, AG 1: Literaturtheorie nach 2001", Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes 

2015-2018 Domain Agent for “Text/Image Relations” at the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media (IGEL) 

2014-2018 Contributor to University of Bayreuth's Emerging Field "Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes"

2014-2017 Co-founder and host of Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaftliches Kolloquium at the University of Bayreuth

2013-2015 Elected council member of the Faculty of Language and Literature Studies and deputy spokeswoman of the non-professorial academic staff at the University of Bayreuth 

2003-2009 Editor at IASLonline – Electronic Review Journal for Literary and Cultural Studies (ISSN 1612-0442)


I am inter alia a member of the German Schiller Association/ German Literature Archive (DLA), the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature (IGEL), the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA), the International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN), the European Narratology Network (ENN), and the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit). 

Tags: Literature, German literature, Comparative literature, Narratology, Cognitive Poetics, Modernism, Multimodal texts, Periodicals, Materiality


(For a full list see

Fialho, Olivia & Igl, Natalia (in preparation). Multimodality and reader engagement. To appear in: Greg Watson & Sonia Zyngier (eds.): Pedagogical Stylistics in the 21st Century. London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan [estimated publication 2021].

Igl, Natalia (submitted). Multisensorische Lektüren: Zur Rezeption und Meta-Ästhetik multimodaler Gegenwartsromane. To appear in: Wilhelm Haefs, Stefan Brückl & Max Wimmer (eds.): META-Fiktionen. Der experimentelle Roman seit den 1960er Jahren. (Reihe neoAvantgarden) München: Verlag text + kritik [estimated publication 2020].

Igl, Natalia (in peer review). Stylistic design elements of literary texts: Rhythm, metrics etc. and emotion. To appear in: Gesine Lenore Schiewer, Jeanette Altarriba & Bee Chin Ng (eds.): Language and Emotion. An International Handbook. (HSK 46/1) Berlin, New York: de Gruyter Mouton [estimated publication 2021].

Igl, Natalia (in peer review). Geschlecht. In: Rolf Parr, Gabriele Radecke, Peer Trilcke & Julia Bertschik (eds.): Theodor-Fontane-Handbuch. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter [estimated publication 2021].

Igl, Natalia (2019). Sammelrezension: Fragen des Formats. (Michael Niehaus: Was ist ein Format? / Carlos Spoerhase: Das Format der Literatur: Praktiken materieller Textualität zwischen 1740 und 1830) In: MEDIENwissenschaft 03, 279-283.

Igl, Natalia (2019). Framing the narrative: The "fictive publisher" as a bridge builder between intra- and extratextual world. In: Benedict Neurohr & Lizzie Stewart-Shaw (eds.): Experiencing Fictional Worlds (Linguistic Approaches to Literature 32) Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 97-117.

Igl, Natalia (2019). Un/Gleichzeitigkeiten. Großstadt als Verhandlungsraum der multimodalen Moderne von Fontane bis Ruttmann. In: Peer Trilcke (ed.): Text+Kritik, Sonderband zu Theodor Fontane, 57-72.

Igl, Natalia (2018). Poetics of perception. The cognitive linguistic foundation of narrativity and the "aesthetics of observation" in German avant-garde literature. In: Szilvia Csábi (ed.): Expressive Minds and Artistic Creations: Studies in Cognitive Poetics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 181-202.

Igl, Natalia (2018). Erzähler und Erzählstimme. In: Martin Huber & Wolf Schmid (eds.): Grundthemen der Literaturwissenschaft: Erzählen. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter 2018, 127-149.

Igl, Natalia & Menzel, Julia (eds.) (2016). Illustrierte Zeitschriften um 1900. Mediale Eigenlogik, Multimodalität und Metaisierung. (Edition Medienwissenschaft) Bielefeld: transcript.

Igl, Natalia (2016). Romantische Rahmen-Binnen-Konstruktionen als 'Mapping' von inner- und außertextuellen Räumen. In: Roman Mikuláš & Sophia Wege (eds.): Schlüsselkonzepte und Anwendungen der Kognitiven Literaturwissenschaft. Münster: Mentis, 81-100.

Igl, Natalia & Zeman, Sonja (eds.) (2016). Perspectives on Narrativity and Narrative Perspectivization. (Linguistic Approaches to Literature 21) Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Igl, Natalia (2016). The double-layered structure of narrative discourse and complex strategies of perspectivization. In: Natalia Igl & Sonja Zeman (eds.): Perspectives on Narrativity and Narrative Perspectivization. (Linguistic Approaches to Literature 21) Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 91-114.

Igl, Natalia (2015). "Und ob du es glaubst oder nicht" – Der Erzähler als Fokalisierer am Beispiel von Wolf Haas' Brenner-Reihe. Mitteilungen des Deutschen Germanistenverbandes (Special Issue "Erzählen") 62(3), 240-254.

Igl, Natalia (2014). Geschlechtersemantik 1800/1900. Zur literarischen Diskursivierung der Geschlechterkrise im Naturalismus. (Palaestra. Untersuchungen zur europäischen Literatur 340) Göttingen: V&R unipress.

Igl, Natalia (2012). Gattungsforschung als Schnittbereich von Historischer Pragmatik und Literaturwissenschaft: Innovationen naturalistischer Dramatik im diskursgeschichtlichen Kontext. In: Peter Ernst (ed.): Historische Pragmatik. (Jahrbuch für Germanistische Sprachgeschichte 3) Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter, 156-174.

Igl, Natalia (2010). Elsa Bernstein alias Ernst Rosmer. Die Wiederentdeckung eines beachtenswerten Werks. [Review article on: Helga W. Kraft & Dagmar C. G. Lorenz (eds.): From Fin-de-Siècle to Theresienstadt. The Works and Life of the Writer Elsa Porges-Bernstein. New York u.a.: Lang 2007.] IASLonline (11.02.2010). URL:

Igl, Natalia (2008/09). Über die romantische Geschichtskonstruktion zu einer "Reharmonisierung" von 'Volk' und 'Nation': Joseph Görres' Teutsche Volksbücher als Entwurf einer kulturellen Identität. Internationales Jahrbuch der Bettina-von-Arnim-Gesellschaft 20/21, 99-128.

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