Profile Dr. Regula Hohl Trillini

Regula Hohl Trillini holds a PhD from the University of Basel as well as an M.A. in German and English literature and degrees in piano and chamber music. 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 from Shakespeare to the Edwardian period. The recent Companion to Word and Music Studies (Edinburgh University Press, 2020) includes her chapter '"Dreadful Insanity": Jane Austen and Musical Performance'.

Regula's current research is in intertextuality in the early modern period. This includes Shakespeare's afterlife in 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 co-designed and continues to edit. Her monograph Casual Shakespeare: Three Centuries of Verbal Echoes (Routledge 2018), which is based on this work, has been reviewed as representing "digital humanities scholarship at its best" (Cambridge Quarterly March 2020). It is now out in paperback and as an e-book.

The database approach to early modern quotation is extended to English Renaissance drama in general in the SNF project WordWeb / Intertextuality in Drama of the Early Modern Period. The WordWeb-IDEM database maps a network of one-liners, plot elements and catchphrases linking more than 400 plays written between 1533 and 1688 as well as texts to which they refer, such as the Bible and the Latin Classics.