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...

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.

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Literature proseminar tutorials

Two tutorials (course no. 43647) accompanying the proseminar Introduction II: Literary Theory (course no. 36485) have now been added to the course catalogue. They take place on Wednesdays 16-18h and Fridays 16-18h, respectively. ...

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Early closure on 26th January

Please note that the Department of English will close at 12:00 h on Friday 26th January.

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

  • 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.