Alexandra Effe is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at Giessen University, Germany, and a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing and at the Centre for Life-Writing Research, King's College, London. She has studied and conducted research at Freiburg University, Germany, at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, at Jesus College, University of Oxford, and at Queen Mary University of London, where she held a Queen Mary Principal's Doctoral Scholarship. She teaches on narrative and postcolonial theory, on the novel from the eighteenth-century to contemporary literature, on world literature, and on poetry. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and a member of the International Society for the Study of Narrative and the European Narratology Network. At Giessen, she is an active member in research groups on “Cultural Narratologies” and "Identity."
Her recently published monograph, J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Narrative Transgression (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), explores Coetzee's self-reflexive oeuvre, drawing together authorship, readership, ethics, and formal analysis into an overarching argument about how narratives work the boundary between art and life. Currently, she is working on autofictional writing in