Profile Prof. em. Dr. Franziska Gygax

Franziska Gygax's main interests include gender studies, modernism, autobiography studies, and the medical humanities. Among her publications are Serious Daring from Within: Female Narrative Strategies in Eudora Welty's Novels (1990), Gender and Genre in Gertrude Stein (1998), and Narrative Matters in Medical Contexts across Disciplines (2015;ed. together with Miriam A. Locher). She co-directed the interdisciplinary research project on illness narratives, Life (Beyond) Writing: Illness Narratives, funded by the SNF. Her MA is in English and German (University of Basel) and her Ph.D. in American literature from the University of Berne where she was a doctoral and postdoctoral research fellow teaching American literature. Research for her dissertation was conducted at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). With a fellowship by the Swiss Science Foundation she was a visiting fellow working on her "Habilitation” (second book) at Princeton University. In 1996 she completed her "Habilitation" on Gertrude Stein and became a lecturer at the University of Basel; in 2003 she was appointed “Titularprofessorin” of English and American literature.