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Seducing with words: The role of language in the pick-up artist’s make-believe

Daria Dayter writes a post for the university's science blog 'Sci Five' covering her collaborative research with Sofia Rüdiger (University of Bayreuth) on the discourse of pick-up artists, a self-proclaimed speed-seduction community.

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Michelle Witen interviewed by the James Joyce Quarterly for its "Clever, Very" series

Michelle Witen is featured in the latest instalment of the James Joyce Quarterly's "Clever, Very" series. In the interview, Witen discusses the upcoming "Joycean Animals" workshop at the Zurich James Joyce Foundation (co-organized with...

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Michelle Witen publishes «James Joyce and Absolute Music»

Drawing on draft manuscripts and other archival material, James Joyce and Absolute Music (London: Bloomsbury, 2018), explores Joyce's deep engagement with musical structure and his participation in the growing modernist discourse...

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Annual Report 2017 is out

The Annual Report 2017 of the Department of English is published and available for download.

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Thomas Messerli defended his thesis

Thomas Messerli successfully defended his thesis with summa cum laude on 26/1/2018: “Repetition in Telecinematic Humour: How US American sitcoms employ formal and semantic repetition in the construction of multimodal humour” ...

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Regula Hohl Trillini's new book published

Regula Hohl Trillini published Casual Shakespeare: Three Centuries of Verbal Echoes with Routledge. The book offers an account of quotation both in and from Shakespeare's work, mostly based on material from the HyperHamlet database.

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Olivier Moreillon defended his thesis

Olivier Moreillon successfully defended his dissertation entitled „Reading the Post-Apartheid City: Durbanite and Capetonian Literary Topographies in Selected Texts beyond 2000”

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New website online

The new website of the Department of English is now online.

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.