Natalia Igl

Postdoctoral Fellow
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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 a postdoc and lecturer ["Wissenschaftliche Assistentin"] 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 influence on 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.

MSCA research project

In my recently finished 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 studied 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 analysed 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, 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 [Autumn 2019] The multimodal novel: Theory and contemporary practice

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

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. 


2015 Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of Bayreuth

Fellowships & Grants (selection)

2018-2021 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)

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

Referee & Editorial Work

2021-present Peer reviewer for SAGE journal Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics (LAL)

2018-2019 Peer reviewer for DeGruyter Mouton series Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science (HSK)

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

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

Institutional Responsibilities

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

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 


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

Tags: Comparative Literature, German Literature, Narratology, Cognitive Poetics, Multimodal texts, Periodicals, Materiality, Historical Semantics, The Long 19th Century, Modernism, Neue Sachlichkeit
Published Sep. 7, 2018 10:56 AM - Last modified Oct. 13, 2021 11:21 PM