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Eva Jungbluth

Eva Jungbluth is a research assistant at the Institute for English and American Studies at Goethe University. She completed her M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies and General Linguistics at the University of Wuppertal in November 2009. She is a participant of the Joint Award Ph.D. Program between Goethe University (FB 10) and Monash University Melbourne (Faculty of Arts), and visited Monash University as a postgraduate researcher from August 2012 to July 2013. Eva Jungbluth completed her Ph.D. at Goethe in December 2015 and at Monash in March 2016. In her dissertation titled “Narrating Diaspora across Media”, she investigates narratives of migration and diaspora in novels, feature films and graphic narratives from a transmedial perspective. Her research interests include New English Literatures, Australian Studies, diaspora studies, postcolonial theory, transculturality, memory studies, transmedial and cultural narratologies, comic theory, theories of intermediality, and media culture.

Project title: Narrating Diaspora across Media

Project description:

The PhD thesis Narrating Diaspora across Media investigates narratives of diaspora in three distinct media formats: novels, feature films and graphic narratives. Its methodology brings together various branches from diaspora studies and narrative theory, both of which chronicle theoretical developments into various directions since the 1990s. Thus, diaspora and migration literatures have drawn increasing scholarly attention to literary representations of diasporic experiences and transnational and transcultural processes, which manifest very differently in various contexts of global migration. During the same period, narrative theory has undergone significant theoretical and methodological reconceptions – from the structuralist and text-immanent approaches in the 1970s to today’s “post-classical” narratologies. Narrating Diaspora across Media connects culture-oriented and transmedial narratologies, and examines the ways in which recurrent themes in diaspora narratives are realised across media formats. With the particular interest in representations of space and time, the PhD thesis focuses on such themes as the journey, history and memory, and asks questions about relationships between content and form. How, for example, are movement, arrival and distance fictionally constructed and narratively realised? How are the tensions between ‘official’ history and individual histories and memories literarily discussed? How are the medium-specific properties of the novel’s written language, the film’s moving image, and the graphic narrative’s multimodal narrative resources utilised, how their aesthetic devices exploited for ‘staging’ these themes? Eventually, the narratives discussed in this thesis all enjoy certain popularity on the international market, which also raises interest in certain strategies that may be involved in making these narratives attractive to global audiences.

email: Jungbluth[at]em.uni-frankfurt.de