Profile Dr. Regula Hohl Trillini

Regula Hohl Trillini has been teaching at the department since 2003. She holds a PhD from the University of Basel as well as an M.A. in German and English literature and degrees as piano teacher and chamber musician. Her first book, The Gaze of the Listener: English Representations of Domestic Music-Making(Rodopi, 2008), analyzes the place of music in the English imagination with particular regard to gender, from Shakespeare's sonnets and early modern drama to poetry and prose fiction from the long nineteenth-century. Her latest music-related essay '"Dreadful Insanity": Jane Austen and Musical Performance' is to appear in the Edinburgh University Press Companion to Word and Music Studies.

Regula Hohl Trillini's current research is in intertextuality studies and the reception history of Shakespeare's works. Her monograph Casual Shakespeare: Three Centuries of Verbal Echoes(Routledge 2018) focuses on the 'thoughtless' quotations and re-writings which started the still-ongoing 'Shakespeare phenomenon' in the 1590s and are prefigured in Shakespeare's own casual handling of his sources. Thousands of such references can be accessed in the HyperHamlet database, a collection which Regula Hohl co-designed and continues to edit. Her work for the new SNF project WordWeb / Intertextuality in Drama of the Early Modern Period extends the database approach to English Renaissance drama in general. The WordWeb-IDEM database will map a network of one-liners, plot elements and catchphrases which link more than 400 plays performed between 1533 and 1688. Regula Hohl's third book Play Scraps will introduce residers to this verbal jungle.


One of Regula Hohl's most dearly held teaching aims is to pass on the passion for extensive reading which underpins her major research projects, and so she is especially happy that her 2017 course "Read, Actually: Renaissance to Restoration" was nominated for the Teaching Excellence award. The series continues with "Read the Romantics, Actually", "The Will to Read" and this semester's "Read Actually: Gothic Literature", taught by Daniel L├╝thi.