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Prof. Dr. Roy Sommer

Roy Sommer

Professor of English

University of Wuppertal
Gauss Str 20
42119 Wuppertal

E-mail: rsommer{at} 




Research for my forthcoming book The Slow Novel is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Please find more details here.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101004945.


Roy Sommer is Professor of English and the director of the Center for Graduate Studies at the University of Wuppertal. He is the co-founder, with Michael Scheffel and Matías Martínez, of the interdisciplinary Center for Narrative Research at Wuppertal, and has been a member of the Executive Board since 2007. He has been a member of the European Narratology Network since 2009, and of the Narrative Society since 2011.

Roy Sommer is co-editor of DIEGESIS, the first interdisciplinary journal dedicated to narrative research that provides free online access to full-text articles and reviews. Hosted by the library of the University of Wuppertal, and edited by senior members of the university's Center for Narrative Research, DIEGESIS intends to become the leading resource for cutting-edge theoretical and empirical work on narrative, narrativity and storytelling in all media, contexts and applications, from fiction to film, from literature to conversation, from journalism to social networks.