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Library service from June 8

Dear Students, due to the space limitation of our Seminar library, we keep the building closed until further notice. We offer individual time slots in order to consult books. To arrange a visit please get in touch with Mario Piscazzi:...

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Call for Papers: 13th International Symposium on (Im)Politeness & 7th iMean Conference

In 2021 the 13th meeting of the international Symposium on (Im)Politeness and the 7th meeting of the biannual iMean  (interaction and meaning)  conference will be merged for a meeting on the “pragmatics of translation” on 24-26 June, 2021...
Album cover: "Now everybody--" Visit Interprets Songs by Thomas Pynchon

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Album released: “Now everybody—” Visit Interprets Songs by Thomas Pynchon

On 8 May 2020, NYC band Visit released their album “Now everybody—” Visit Interprets Songs by Thomas Pynchon.

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Scans and loan during our closing

During the closing of our Seminar library, we offer a scan service of chapters or articles or post-delivery of books.

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Regula Hohl Trillini's latest book reviewed in 'Cambridge Quarterly'

Regula Hohl Trillini's Casual Shakespeare: Three Centuries of Verbal Echoes, a monograph based on her work on HyperHamlet, has just had a rave review: "There is clearly much to celebrate in this innovative contribution to Shakespeare...
Ed Sanders at the English Seminar of the University of Basel

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Ed Sanders: The Ups and Downs of Hippie 1967–1969: Three Years in the Universe

1960s countercultural figure Ed Sanders lectured on the ups and downs of Hippie at the conference "The Prolonged Death of the Hippie, 1967–1969" at the English Seminar in September 2019. The lecture—a combined reading, recitation, singing,...
Pynchon's Sound of Music

Christian Hänggi’s “Pynchon’s Sound of Music” Published

The first monograph on all things musical in the work of the American novelist Thomas Pynchon was just published by Diaphanes.


Aufgrund der aktuellen Lage rund um die Ausbreitung des Coronavirus sind die Gebäude des Departements Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften am Nadelberg 4, 6 und 8 sowie in der Maiengasse 51 bis auf weiteres nur für Mitarbeitende des...

Recent Achievements

The following list of recent achievements reflects some of the 2017 academic milestones of our staff. For achievements that date further back, please consult our annual reports

  • Daria Dayter has won a grant from Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft Basel and will carry out her research at the Centre for Forensic Linguistics, Aston University, UK, in the spring term 2019.
  • Miriam Locher and Franziska Thurnherr have edited and published a special issue on “Language and health online: Typing yourself healthy!” which is now available in open access. This collection of papers marks the end of the SNF project Language and health online.
  • Michelle Witen has published "From Passion to Mania: Frankenstein as a Tale of Hysteria" in Nightfall: The Gothic Imagination since Frankenstein (Exhibition at Musée Rath, Geneva). Eds. Justine B. Moeckli and Merel Van Tillburg. Paris: DoPe Press, 2017. pp 372–383.
  • Michelle Witen organized a marathon viewing of the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries.
  • Michelle Witen organized the 2017 Bloomsday in honour of James Joyce's Ulysses.
  • Miriam A. Locher has published a monograph entitled Reflective Writing in Medical Practice: A Linguistic Perspective with Multilingual Matters. This work was written in connection with the SNF project “‘Life beyond writing’: Illness Narratives”.
  • Franziska Gygax published “Zu Ende erzählen: Leben und Sterben im Text.“ in Sterben/Erzählen. Hermeneutische Blätter. 2 (2016). Zürich: Institut für Hermeneutik und Religionsphilosophie, Universität Zürich. 25–32.
  • A. Elisabeth Reichel was awarded a mobility fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation to spend 08/2017–07/2018 as a Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., on invitation of Donald E. Pease.