Department of English

Doctoral Candidates

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl

Full Professor and Chair of Literatures in English/North American Studies, Director, Department of English

Literatures in English/North American Literature and Culture

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Department of English
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CH – 3000 Bern 9
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Gabriele Rippl studied English, American and German literatures and linguistics at the University of Constance and received her MA degree (plus ‘Staatsexamen’) in 1989. She was a doctoral fellow at the graduate studies programme ‘Theory of Literature and Communication’ (DFG-Graduiertenkolleg ‘Theorie der Literatur und Kommunikation’) from 1991 to 1993. This PhD scholarship allowed her, together with a DAAD-stipend, to work on her PhD thesis on early modern Englishwomen’s autobiographies at the University of Constance and the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Her PhD thesis was published as her first book Lebenstexte. Literarische Selbststilisierungen englischer Frauen in der frühen Neuzeit with Fink in 1998. On the completion of her doctoral thesis, she held positions as lecturer and assistant to Prof. Dr. Aleida Assmann, Chair of English Literature, University of Constance. From 1993 to 2001, she taught BA and MA classes on Anglophone literatures and wrote her post-doctoral thesis (‘Habilitation’) on intermediality and ekphrasis (text-picture relationships) in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Anglo-American literature. The research for this project was supported by the University of Constance, a Visiting Research Fellowship of the University of Wales, Lampeter, UK, and a Visiting Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, UK. Based on this research project, she published her second book Beschreibungs-Kunst. Zur Intermedialen Poetik angloamerikanischer Ikon-Texte (1880-2000) with Fink 2005. She was Visiting Professor in English at the University of Tübingen, the University of Bern, and the University of Bielefeld, before she became Full Professor of English Literature and Vice-Director of Comparative Literature at the University of Göttingen in 2003.

Since October 2005 she has been Full Professor and Chair of Literatures in English at the University of Bern, where she served as Head of the Department of English (2006-08), as president of the Collegium generale (2007-15), and as co-founder and first director of the Center for Cultural Studies (now ‘Walter Benjamin Kolleg’). In 2008 she held a three-month scholarship of the Canadian Government (Faculty Enrichment Program), which enabled her to do research on a project on Canadian literature and Greek myth at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. She spent autumn term 2015 as visiting scholar at UCLA, Los Angeles, USA (supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, SNSF).  In 2017 she will be a scholar at the Center for Advanced Studies, University of Cologne, where she will research her project "Anglophone Life Writing Today: Transcultural Figurations--Intermedial Constellations."

She works on several SNSF committees, as an advisory board member of the Berrow Foundation, Lincoln College, Oxford, the Hans Sigrist Foundation and serves as a co-editor of Anglia. Journal of English Philology (De Gruyter), the Anglia Book Series (De Gruyter) and the seriesHandbooks of English and American Studies: Text and Theory (De Gruyter). In 2014 AcademiaNet – European Expert Database of Outstanding Female Academics elected her as a new member.

Gabriele Rippl has the qualification (venia legendi) to teach English, American and Comparative Literature. Her teaching and research are devoted to North American, British and other Anglophone literatures and cultures. She teaches drama, fiction, and poetry from the colonial/early modern period to (post-)postmodernism as well as literary and cultural theory. Like many of her colleagues in literary and cultural studies, she regards literature as one cultural practice among others, and she is particularly interested in the histories and interplay of different symbolic systems and media. As a specialist in early modern, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century literature and culture, she has published books and articles on literary theory, gender studies, postcolonial studies, intermediality (i.e. the interrelation between literary and visual culture), the reception of classical antiquity in Anglophone literatures, the history and theory of the media, and the anthropology of literature.

Recent Supervision
 

MA Theses

Eugster Ingold, Andrea: Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy and the Opium Wars (2017)
Behluli, Sofie: Inside the Space of the Frame: Ekphrastically Enhanced Aura in Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch (2016)
Mühlemann, Astrid:  Intermediality in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. Humbert Humbert and the Two-Fold Nature of his Object of Desire (2016)
Schwarz, Sebastian: Melancholia in the Works of the Lost Generation (2016)
 

McLaughlin, Kevin: Football Hooliganism and Class Struggle in Contemporary English Literature (2015)
Riederer, Marcel: Negotiation of Identity in Piri Thomas’ Down these Mean Streets (2015)
Rindisbacher, Sarah: ‘A Stranger in a Strange Land’: The Question of Home in Susanna Moodie’s Roughing It in the Bush (2015)
Schmid, Stephanie: ‘Writing – Seeing’ in Siri Hustvedt’s The Blindfold and The Enchantment of Lily Dahl (2015)

PhD Theses

Hoffmann, Agnes: Selective Affinities: Landscape Around 1900 between Text and Im-age (Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Henry James) (University of Basel, co-supervision, 2016)
Mayer, Uwe: Mythos als Fremdheitstopos: Zur Produktivität einer Denkgewohnheit in der englischsprachigen Literatur seit der Romantik (GCSC Giessen, co-supervision, 2016)
Etter, Lukas. The Aesthetics of Seriality (Erstbetreuerin, 2014)
Stephanie Hoppeler: Continuity in Comic Books and Comic Book Continuity: Serialized US-American Comic Books of the 1980s (Erstbetreuerin, 2014)
Annie Cottier: Rewriting Histories and Geographies: Cosmopolitan Moments in Contemporary Indian Writing (Erstbetreuerin, 2014)

PhD Theses in Progress

Behluli, Sofie: Visuality and Materiality in the Contemporary American Novel (working title);
Reichel, Elisabeth (University of Basel, co-supervision): Sounding Primitives, Writing Anthropologists: The Poetry and Scholarship of Edward Sapir, Margaret Mead, and Ruth Benedict
Steffen, Samuel: Representation of Gulf Wars (working title)
Gasser, Selina: Female Stand-up Comedy (working title)
Reber, Simon: Intermedial Strategies in the Poetry of Sapir (working title)

Habilitation

PD Dr. Straub, Julia: The American Memory of Literature, 1770-1840 (2013)

List of Previous Supervisions (PDF, 116KB)

 

Recent Courses (A Selection)

Autumn Semester 2016

Word and Image Configurations – Modes of Production and Reception (with Prof. Dr. Peter Schneemann, Art History)
Utopia (with Prof. Dr. Barbara Mahlmann-Bauer, German Literature)
Key Issues in North American Studies: Reproduzierbarkeit und Kopie in transdiszipli-närer Perspektive (with Prof. Dr. Michael Stolz, Medieval German Literature)

Spring Semester 2016

American Modernisms: Page, Stage, Screen
Americans in Paris
Cultural Sustainability (with Prof. Dr. Torsten Meireis)

Spring Semester 2015

Literary History: Theories, Periods and Some North American Case Studies
Reading Contemporary Anglophone Literature: New Methodological Approaches

Autumn Semester 2014

The North American Short Story
 Key Issues in North American Studies

Spring Semester 2014

Autobiography in a Globalized World
World War I: Facts and Fiction (mit Prof. Dr. B. Studer, Historisches Institut)
Key Issues in North American Studies

Autumn Semester 2013

The Colonial / Early Modern Period: A Transatlantic Approach
Melancholia in Literature and the Visual Arts: Renaissance to Romanticism

List of Previous Courses.pdf (PDF, 121KB)

List of Publications.pdf (PDF, 189KB)

Monographs

3.   In preparation: Transcultural Ekphrasis (with Birgit Neumann)

2.   Beschreibungs-Kunst. Zur intermedialen Poetik angloamerikanischer Ikon-Texte (1880–2000), Munich: Fink, 2005.

1.   Lebenstexte. Literarische Selbststilisierungen englischer Frauen in der frühen Neuzeit, Munich: Fink, 1998.

 

Edited Books

1.   Unbeschreiblich weiblich. Beiträge zur feministischen Anthropologie, Frankfurt am Main: Fischer, 1993.

 

Co-edited Books

9.       In preparation: Torsten Meireis and Gabriele Rippl, eds. Cultural Sustainability, London: Routledge, 2018.

8.       Gabriele Rippl / Sara Bloch / Martina Dubach, eds., Grenzen in den Wissenschaften heute, Berner Universitätsschriften, vol. 60, Bern: Haupt, 2017.

7.       Gabriele Rippl / Tiina Kirss / Philipp Schweighauser / Therese Steffen / Margit Sutrop, eds., Haunted Narratives: Life Writing in an Age of Trauma, Toronto: Toronto UP, 2013 (also available in ebook).

6.       Christian Emden / Gabriele Rippl, eds., Imagescapes: Studies in Intermediality, Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang, 2010. (Cultural History & Literary Imagination Series).

5.      Michael C. Frank / Gabriele Rippl, eds., Arbeit am Gedächtnis, Munich: Fink, 2007.

4.      Torsten Hoffmann / Gabriele Rippl, eds., Bilder. Ein (neues) Leitmedium?, Göttingen: Wallstein, 2006.

3.      Aleida Assmann / Monika Gomille / Gabriele Rippl, eds., Ruinenbilder, Munich: Fink, 2002.

2.      Aleida Assmann / Monika Gomille / Gabriele Rippl, eds., Sammler – Bibliophile – Exzentriker, Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 1998.

1.      Susanne Kotzinger / Gabriele Rippl, eds., Zeichen zwischen Klartext und Arabeske, Amsterdam-Atlanta/GA: Rodopi, 1994.

 

Co-edited Journals

1.      Anglia. Journal of English Philology. Berlin/Boston: DeGryuter.

 

Edited Special Issues of Journals

1.      Anglia, special issue Towards a New Monumentalism? Cultural and Aesthetic Perspectives Beyond Postmodernism, Anglia 131, vol. 2 + 3 (2013).

 

Co-edited Special Issues of Journals

2.      Anglia, special issue Anglophone World Literatures, Anglia 135, vol. 1 (2017) (with Birgit Neumann).

1.      Anglia, special issue Melodrama: Staging Emotions in the Anglophone World, Anglia 132, vol. 2 (2014) (with Julia Straub).

 

Co-edited Journals and Book Series

2.      Anglia. Journal of English Philology. Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter (also available as ebook).

1.      Anglia Book Series. Berlin-Boston: DeGruyter (also available as ebook).

 

Co-edited Handbook Series

1.         Handbooks of English and American Studies: Text and Theory, Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter, 2015 (also available as ebook).

 

Edited Handbooks

1.      Handbook of Intermediality, DeGruyter Handbook Series: Handbooks of English and American Studies: Text and Theory, Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter, 2015 (also available as ebook).

 

 

 

Co-edited Handbooks

1.      Gabriele Rippl / Simone Winko, eds., Metzler Handbuch Kanon und Wertung, Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 2013 (also available as ebook).

2.      In preparation, Handbook of Anglophone World Literatures (with Stefan Helgesson and Birgit Neumann)

 

Peer-reviewed Contributions to Handbooks and Yearbooks

19.    In the press: “Anais Nin: The Diary of Anais Nin”, in: Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, ed., Handbook Autobiography/Autofiction, Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter, 2017.

18.    In the press: “Autobiography in the Globalized World”, in: Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, ed., Handbook Autobiography/Autofiction, Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter, 2017.

17.    In the press: “Life and Work”, in: Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, ed., Handbook Autobio-graphy/Autofiction, Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter, 2017.

16.    “Introduction”, in: Gabriele Rippl, ed., Handbook of Intermediality, DeGruyter Handbook Series: Handbooks of English and American Studies: Text and Theory, Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter, 2015, 1-31.

15.    “Postcolonial Ekphrasis in the Contemporary Anglophone Indian Novel”, in: Gabriele Rippl, ed., Handbook of Intermediality, DeGruyter Handbook Series: Handbooks of English and American Studies: Text and Theory, Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter, 2015, 128-155.

14.    “Intermedialität: Wort/Bild”, in: Claudia Benthien / Brigitte Weingart, eds., Literatur und Visuelle Kultur, Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter, 2014. (Handbücher zur kulturwissenschaft­lichen Philologie, HKP Reihe), 139-158.

13.    “‘Soldierly, severe, self-controlled, self-disciplined’: Männlichkeitsentwürfe von englischen Frauen der Frühen Neuzeit”, in: Renate Möhrmann, ed., Der imaginierte Mann, Stuttgart: Kröner, 2014, 52-74.

12.    “Hamlet in nordamerikanischen Romanen und Kurzgeschichten”, in: Peter Marx, ed., Hamlet Handbuch, Stuttgart: Metzler, 2014, 441-450.

11.    “Zentrum & Peripherie: Kanon & Macht”, in: Gabriele Rippl / Simone Winko, eds. Metzler Handbuch Kanon und Wertung, Stuttgart: Metzler 2013, 110-119 (with Julia Straub).

10.    “Einleitung: Kanon & Wertung”, in: Gabriele Rippl / Simone Winko, eds. Metzler Handbuch Kanon und Wertung, Stuttgart: Metzler 2013, 1-5 (with Simone Winko).

9.      “Film and Media Studies”, in: Martin Middeke / Timo Müller / Christina Wald / Hubert Zapf, eds., English and American Studies. Theory and Practice, Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 2012, 314-332.

8.      “Victorian Melodrama: Thomas Holcroft’s A Tale of Mystery and Douglas William Jerrold’s The Rent Day”, in: Sibylle Baumbach / Birgit Neumann / Ansgar Nünning, eds., History of British Drama: Genres – Developments – Interpretations. Trier: WVT, 2011, 207-222.

7.      “Feminist Voices around 1900: Kate Chopin’s ‘Désirée’s Baby’ and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper’”, in: Michael Basseler / Ansgar Nünning, eds., A History of the American Short Story: Genres – Classics – Model Interpretations, Trier: WVT, 2011, 157-170.

6.      “Culture and Transgression: Phaedra’s Illicit Love and Its Cultural Transformations”, in: Jürgen Schlaeger, ed., Metamorphosis. Structures of Cultural Transformations. Real-Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature, Bd. 20, Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2005, 165-182.

5.      “Literatur und (visuelle) Medien in der frühen Neuzeit”, in: Vera Nünning, ed., Eine Kulturgeschichte der englischen Literatur. Von der Renaissance bis zur Gegenwart, Tübingen/Basel: Francke / utb, 2005, 36-47.

4.      “The Painterly Sylvia Plath: Towards a Poetics of Intermediality”, in: Ewald Mengel / Hans-Jörg Schmid / Michael Steppat, eds., Anglistentag 2002 Bayreuth, Proceedings, Trier: wvt, 2002, 73-82.

3.      “Visuality and Ekphrasis in A. S. Byatt’s Still Life and ‘Art Work’”, in: Bernhard Reitz / Sigrid Rieuwerts, eds., Anglistentag 1999 Mainz, Proceedings, Trier: wvt, 2000, 519-534.

2.      “E.A. Poe and the Anthropological Turn in Literary Studies”, in: Jürgen Schlaeger, ed., The Anthropological Turn in Literary Studies. Real-Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature, Bd. 12, Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 1996, 223-242.

1.      “Feministische Literaturwissenschaft”, in: Miltos Pechlivanos / Stefan Rieger / Wolfgang Struck / Michael Weitz, eds., Einführung in die Literaturwissenschaft, Stuttgart: Metzler, 1995, 230-240.

 

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

13.    In the press: “Picturing Lagos: Word-Photography Configurations in Teju Cole’s Every Day Is for the Thief”, in: special issue “Re-Imagining the African City” of Social Dynamics (2018).

12.    In the press: “The Cultural Work of Ekphrasis in Contemporary Anglophone Novels”, in: Poetics Today (2018).

11.    In the press: “Ekphrasis in the Digital Age”, in: Christina Hoffmann / Johanna Öttl, eds., Antikanon, vol. 2 ‘Digitalität’ (2017) (with Sofie Behluli).

10.    “Kulturelle Nachhaltigkeit – Ein Plädoyer”, UniPress 2017.

9.      “Anglophone World Literatures: Introduction”, in: Anglia, special issue Anglophone World Literatures, Anglia 135, vol. 1 (2017): 1-20 (with Birgit Neumann).

8.      “‘Celebrating Afropolitan Identities?’ Contemporary African World Literatures in English”, in: Anglia, special issue Anglophone World Literatures, Anglia 135, vol. 1 (2017): 159-185 (with Birgit Neumann).

7.      “Introduction”, in: Anglia special issue Melodrama: Staging Emotions in the Anglophone World, Anglia 132, vol. 2 (2014): 217-224 (with Julia Straub).

6.      “Introduction: Towards a New Monumentalism”, in: G. Rippl, ed., Anglia, special issue Towards a New Monumentalism? Cultural and Aesthetic Perspectives beyond Postmodernism, Anglia 131, vol. 2 + 3 (2013), 207-217.

5.      “Culture as Continuum: Walter Pater’s Dionysus in Exile and the Power of Ekphrasis”, in: Anglia, vol. 129, vol. 2 (2011), 333-361.

4.      “Erzählte Fotos. Foto-Text-Beziehungen in Raj Kamal Jhas Roman Fireproof (2006)”, in: Fotogeschichte: Beiträge zur Geschichte und Ästhetik der Fotografie, 108/28 (2008), 11-17.

3.      “Kultura i prijestup: Fedrina zabranjena ljubav i njezine kulturalne transformacije”, in: Razlika/Différance 9 (2004), 127-146.

2.      “Eine andere Ästhetik der Moderne: Hilda Doolittles Hellenismus”, in: Feministische Studien 2 (2004), 235-247.

1.      “Colossal Wrecks: Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘Ozymandias’ and Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Colossus’”, Litteraria Pragensia, vol. 8, 15 (1998), 58-71.

 

Peer-reviewed Articles: Contributions to Books

51.     In the press: “each art may be observed to pass into the condition of some other art” – Intermediale Verflechtungen in Walter Paters ‘imaginary portraits’”, in: Christina Hoffmann, ed., Malerei in der Literatur des Fin de Siècle, Wiener Beiträge zu Komparatistik und Romanistik, Vienna: Peter Lang 2018.

50.     In preparation: “Sustainability and the Ethics of Literary Description”, in: Torsten Meireis and Gabriele Rippl, eds. Cultural Sustainability, London: Routledge, 2018.

49.    In the press: “Ekphrastic Encounters in Contemporary Transcultural American Life Writing”, in: Nassim Winnie Balestrini / Ina Bergmann, eds. Intermediality and Life Writing, Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter, 2017.

48.    “Mythenbildung und Kanonisierung: Walter Paters Mona Lisa als Mythos der Moderne – transkulturell, intertextuell und intermedial“, in: Stephanie Wodianka / Juliane Ebert, eds., Inflation der Mythen? Zur Vernetzung und Stabilität eines modernen Phänomens, Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2016, 27-53.

47.    “The Rich Zones of Genre Borderlands – Siri Hustvedt’s Art of Mingling”, in: Johanna Hartmann / Christine Marks / Hubert Zapf, eds., Zones of Focused Ambiguity in Siri Hustvedt’s Works. Interdisciplinary Essays, Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter, 2016, 27-38.

46.    “Hamlet’s Mobility: The Reception of Shakespeare’s Tragedy in US-American and Canadian Narrative Fiction”, in: Ina Habermann / Michelle Witen, eds., Shakespeare and Space. Theatrical Explorations of the Spatial Paradigm, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 229-255.

45.     “Description and the Production of Presence: Literary Debates in Eighteenth-Century England and Germany”, in: Birgit Neumann, ed., Präsenz und Evidenz fremder Dinge im Europa des 18. Jahrhunderts, Göttingen: Wallstein, 2015, 458-474.

44.    “Narrating Radioactivity: Representations of Nuclear Disasters and Precarious Lives in Anglophone Comic Books and Graphic Novels”, in: Barbara Korte, ed., Precarious Lives, Heidelberg: Winter, 2014, 55-70 (with Stephanie Hoppeler).

43.    “John Updikes Seek My Face (2002) zwischen kunstgeschichtlicher Anekdote und fiktionaler (Meta-)Biographie”, in: Melanie Unseld / Christian von Zimmermann, eds., Anekdote – Biographie – Kanon. Zur Geschichtsschreibung der schönen Künste, Cologne/Weimar/Vienna: Böhlau, 2013, 293-314.

42.    “‘Don’t laugh – this ain’t the funny pages’: Comics und bildende Kunst (Alain Séchas, Raymond Pettibon)”, in: Guido Isekenmeier, ed., Interpiktorialität. Theorie und Geschichte der Bild-Bild-Bezüge, Bielefeld: transcript, 2013, 261-278 (with Lukas Etter).

41.    “‘Why hath this Lady writ Her own Life’ – Frühneuzeitliche Lebensbeschreibungen englischer Frauen zwischen klassischer (männlicher) lettere e virtù-Tradition und neuen Formen autobiographischen Schreibens”, in: Uwe Baumann / Karl August Neuhausen, eds., Autobiographie: Eine interdisziplinäre Gattung zwischen klassischer Tradition & (post-) moderner Variation, Göttingen: V & R Unipress and Bonn: Bonn UP, 2013, 151-174.

40.    “Intermediality, Transmediality, and Graphic Narrative”, in: Daniel Stein / Jan-Noël Thon, eds., From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels. Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative, Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2013, 157-179 (with Lukas Etter).

39.    “Introduction”, in: Gabriele Rippl / Tiina Kirss / Philipp Schweighauser / Therese Steffen / Margit Sutrop, eds., Haunted Narratives: Life Writing in an Age of Trauma, Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2013, 3-18 (with Philipp Schweighauser and Therese Steffen).

38.    “Continuity, Fandom und Serialität in anglo-amerikanischen Comic Books”, in: Frank Kelleter, ed., Populäre Serialität: Narration-Evolution-Distinktion, Bielefeld: transcript, 2012, 367-379 (with Stephanie Hoppeler).

37.    “‘Merit, Justice, Gratitude, Duty, Fidelity’: Images of Masculinity in Autobiographies of Early Modern English Gentlewomen and Aristocrats”, in: Stephan Horlacher, ed., Constructions of Masculinity in British Literature from the Middle Ages to the Present, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, 69-87.

36.    “Iconicity and Intermediality in Charles Simic’s Dime Store Alchemy”, in: Olga Fischer / Christina Ljungberg, eds., Semblance and Signification (Iconicity in Language and Literature 10), Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2011, 313-325.

35.    “Mourning and Melancholia in England and Its Transatlantic Colonies: Examples of Seventeenth-Century Female Appropriations”, in: Christina Wald / Martin Middeke, eds., The Literature of Melancholia: Early Modern to Postmodern, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, 50-66.

34.    “Inszenierung von Differenz: Interreligiöse Konflikte im englischsprachigen indischen Gegenwartsroman”, in: Nina Gülcher / Romana Weiershausen / Insa Wilke, eds., Aufgeklärte Zeiten? Religiöse Toleranz und Literatur, Berlin: Erich Schmidt, 2011, 175-196.

33.    “Stumme Augenzeugen – Funktionen erzählter Fotos in englischsprachigen postkolo­nia­len trauma novels”, in: Sabina Becker / Barbara Korte, eds., Visuelle Evidenz? Fotografie im Reflex von Literatur und Film, Berlin: DeGruyter, 2011, 249-267.

32.    “English Literature and Its Other: Towards a Poetics of Intermediality”, in: Christian Emden / Gabriele Rippl, eds., Imagescapes: Studies in Intermediality, Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang, 2010. (Cultural History & Literary Imagination-Series), 39-65.

31.    “Introduction: Image, Text and Simulation”, in: Christian Emden / Gabriele Rippl, eds., Imagescapes: Studies in Intermediality, Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang, 2010 (Cultural History & Literary Imagination-Series), 1-18.

30.    “Naked in the grip of reality – A. L. Kennedys Ästhetik der Gewalt”, in: Susanne Bach, ed., Gewalt, Geschlecht, Fiktion. Gewaltdiskurse und Gender-Problematik in zeitgenössi­schen englischsprachigen Romanen, Dramen und Filmen, Trier: WVT, 2010, 221-238.

29.    “Ancient Myths and Cultural Change: Phaedra’s Illicit Love in Twentieth-Century Anglo-American Drama”, in: Matthias Bauer / Angela Zirker, eds., Drama and Cultural Change: Turning around Shakespeare, Trier: WVT, 2009, 179-197.

28.    “Intermedialität in Comics: Neil Gaimans Sandman”, in: Daniel Stein / Stephan Ditschke / Katerina Kroucheva, eds., Comics: Zur Geschichte und Theorie eines populärkulturellen Mediums, Bielefeld: transcript, 2009, 53-79 (with Stephanie Hoppeler and Lukas Etter).

27.    “‘For the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet’. Essen und Transkulturation in Mary Rowlandson’s ‘A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mary Rowlandson’”, in: Claudia Lillge / Anne-Rose Meyer eds., Interkulturelle Mahlzeiten: Kulinarische Begegnungen und Kommunikation in der Literatur, Bielefeld: transcript, 2008, 143-156.

26.    “Geleitwort“, in: Sonja E. Keller, ed., Sarah Fessel: Fun im öffentlichen Raum, Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2008, 11-13.

25.    “‘I remember – you have forgot’. Gedächtnis, Körper und Geschlecht in der anglo­amerikanischen Moderne: Hilda Doolittles ‘Kora and Ka’”, in: Michael C. Frank / Gabriele Rippl, eds., Arbeit am Gedächtnis, Munich: Fink, 2007, 177-198.

24.    “Arbeit am Gedächtnis. Zur Einführung” (mit Michael C. Frank), in: Michael C. Frank / Gabriele Rippl, eds., Arbeit am Gedächtnis, Munich: Fink, 2007, 9-28.

23.    “‘That in black ink my love may still shine bright’ – Shakespeare’s Sonnets and the Question of the Media in Early Modern England”, in: Alfred Messerli / Roger Chartier, eds., Scripta volent, verba manent. Schriftkulturen in Europa zwischen 1500 und 1900, Basel: Schwabe, 2007, 417-430.

22.    “The Ecphrastic Poet as Custodian of Culture – Charles Simic’s Dime-Store Alchemy”, in: Elmar Schenkel / Stefan Welz, eds., Magical Objects. Things and Beyond, Glienicke/Berlin: Galda und Wilch, 2007, 157-179.

21.    “‘If we want pure sound, we want music’ – Zu Ezra Pounds Konzeptualisierung von Text-Musik-Beziehungen”, in: Joachim Grage, ed., Literatur und Musik in der klassischen Moderne. Mediale Konzeptionen und intermediale Poetologien, Würzburg: Ergon, 2006, 87-105.

20.    “Einleitung”, in: Torsten Hoffmann / Gabriele Rippl, eds., Bilder. Ein (neues) Leitmedium?, Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2006, 93-107.

19.    “Intermediale Poetik: Ekphrasis und der ‘iconic turn’ in der Literatur/wissenschaft”, in: Torsten Hoffmann / Gabriele Rippl, eds., Bilder. Ein (neues) Leitmedium?, Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2006, 7-12.

18.    “‘Frauen und Männer in Deutschland’ – Bemerkungen zur Konstruktion von Geschlecht und Nationalität im TV-Jahrhundertrückblick 100 DEUTSCHE JAHRE”, in: Fabio Crivellari / Kay Kirchmann / Marcus Sandl / Rudolf Schlögl, eds., Die Medien der Geschichte. Historizität und Medialität in interdisziplinärer Perspektive, Constance: UVK, 2004, 531-541.

17.    “Text-Bild-Beziehungen zwischen Semiotik und Medientheorie: Ein Verortungs­ver­such”, in: Renate Brosch, ed., IkonoPhiloLogie, Potsdamer Beiträge zur Kultur- und Sozialge­schichte, Berlin: Trafo, 2004, 43-60.

16.    “Hieroglyphen-Faszination in der angloamerikanischen Moderne”, in: Aleida Assmann / Jan Assmann, eds., Hieroglyphen, Munich: Fink, 2003, 327-351.

15.    “Kolossale Trümmer: Percy Bysshe Shelleys ‘Ozymandias’ und Sylvia Plaths ‘The Colossus’”, in: Aleida Assmann / Monika Gomille / Gabriele Rippl, eds., Ruinenbilder, Munich: Fink, 2002, 189-216.

14.    “Ruinenbilder: Einleitung”, in: Aleida Assmann / Monika Gomille / Gabriele Rippl, Eds.: Ruinenbilder, Munich: Fink, 2002. 7-14.

13.    “Anne Killigrew (1660-1685): Dichterin und Malerin”, in: Gesa Stedman, ed., Englische Frauen der Frühen Neuzeit, Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2001, 137-147.

12.    “Vom Abfall zur Kunst: Antonia S. Byatts Arbeit am kulturellen Gedächtnis”, in: Gisela Ecker / Martina Stange / Ulrike Vedder, eds., Sammeln / Ausstellen / Wegwerfen, Königstein im Taunus: Helmer, 2001, 240-253.

11.    “Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen’s Autobiographical Writing as Transgression of Social and Generic Boundaries”, in: Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn, ed., Writing Women across Borders and Categories, Münster: LIT, 2000 (Hallenser Studien zur Anglistik und Amerikanistik), 16-35.

10.    “Common Reading, Humble Writing – Zum Ineinandergreifen zweier Kulturpraktiken in frühneuzeitlichen englischen Frauenautobiographien”, in: Alfred Messerli / Roger Chartier, eds., Lesen und Schreiben in Europa 1500 - 1900, Basel: Schwabe, 2000, 283-297.

9.      “Uniwelten oder: Leben in zu engen Biotopen – Von Max Beerbohms Zuleika Dobson zu David Lodges Small World”, in: Reingard M. Nischik, ed., Uni literarisch: Lebenswelt Universität in literarischer Repräsentation, Constance: Universitätsverlag, 2000, 127-147.

8.      “Begegnungen mit dem Fremden – literarisch: Interkulturalität bei Maxine Hong Kingston und Jamaica Kincaid”, in: Stefan Rieger / Schamma Schahadat / Manfred Weinberg, eds., Interkulturalität, Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 1999, 313-330. [Abridged version printed in: Judith Schlehe, ed., Interkulturelle Geschlechterforschung, Frankfurt am Main/New York: Campus, 2001, 177-191.]

7.      “Wild Semantics: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Feminization of Edgar Allen Poe’s Arabesque Aesthetics”, in: Karen L. Kilcup, ed., Soft Canons: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and Their Male Counterparts, Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1999, 123-140.

6.      “‘I Do Not Take Messages from Dead People’: Cultural, Linguistic and Personal Boundaries in Pauline Melville’s Shape-Shifter”, in: Monika Reif-Hülser, ed., Borderlands. Negotiating Cultural Transitions, Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 1999, 103-112.

5.      “Inkarnierte Rhetorik. Zur Eloquenz des weiblichen Körpers in englischen Melodramen des 19. Jahrhunderts”, in: Julika Funk / Cornelia Brück, eds., Körper-Konzepte, Tübingen: Gunter Narr, Herbst 1999, 191-208.

4.      “Zur Ästhetik der Abweichung: Margaret Cavendish (ca. 1624-1673)”, in: Aleida Assmann / Monika Gomille / Gabriele Rippl, eds., Sammler – Bibliophile – Exzentriker, Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 1998, 99-115.

3.      “‘The Conflict Betwixt Love and Honor’ – The Autobiography of Anne, Lady Halkett”, in: Susanne Fendler, ed., Feminist Contributions to the Literary Canon: Setting Standards of Taste, Lewiston/Queenston/Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1997, 7-29.

2.      “Interieurs: Heruntergekommene Romanesken im Delirium tremens – Charlotte Perkins Gilmans ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’”, in: Susi Kotzinger / Gabriele Rippl, eds., Zeichen zwischen Klartext und Arabeske, Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 1994, 271-287.

1.      “Feministische Anthropologie – Eine Einleitung”, in: Gabriele Rippl, ed., Unbe­schreiblich weiblich – Beiträge zur feministischen Anthropologie, Frankfurt am Main: Fischer, 1993, 9-26.

 

Articles in Encyclopaedias

21.    “Margaret Cavendish–Autobiographie”, in: Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, Heinz Ludwig Arnold, ed., 3rd completely revised edition, vol. 3, Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 2009, 607.

20.    “Margaret Cavendish–Biogramm”, in: Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, Heinz Ludwig Arnold, ed., 3rd completely revised edition, vol. 3, Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 2009, 606.

19.    “Pauline Melville–Shape-Shifter”, in: Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, Heinz Ludwig Arnold, ed., 3rd completely revised edition, vol. 11, Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 2009, 166.

18.    “Pauline Melville–Biogramm”, in: Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, Heinz Ludwig Arnold, ed., 3rd completely revised edition, vol. 11, Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 2009, 166.

17.    “Simic–Das Lyrische Werk”, in: Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, Heinz Ludwig Arnold, ed., 3rd completely revised edition, vol. 15, Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 2009, 162.

16.    “Simic–Biogramm”, in: Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, Heinz Ludwig Arnold, ed., 3rd completely revised edition, vol. 15, Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 2009, 161.

15.    “Plath–Das Lyrische Werk”, in: Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, Heinz Ludwig Arnold, ed., 3rd completely revised edition, vol. 13, Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 2009, Stuttgart-Weimar: Metzler, 2009, 62.

14.    “Plath–Biogramm”, in: Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, Heinz Ludwig Arnold, ed., 3rd completely revised edition, vol. 13, Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 2009, 61.

13.    “Gilman, Herland”, in: Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, Heinz Ludwig Arnold, ed., 3rd completely revised edition, vol. 6, Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 2009, 247-249.

12.    “Gilman–Biogramm”, in: Kindlers Literatur Lexikon, Heinz Ludwig Arnold, ed., 3rd completely revised edition, vol. 6, Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 2009, 247-249.

11.    “Byatt, Antonia Susan”, in: Englischsprachige Autoren, Metzler Kompakt, hg. v. Bernd Engler / Eberhard Kreutzer / Kurt Müller / Ansgar Nünning, Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 2004, 34-35.

10.    “Präraffaeliten”, in: Metzler Lexikon Gender Studies, Renate Kroll, ed., Stuttgart: Metzler, 2002, 319-320.

9.      “New Criticism”, in: Metzler Lexikon Gender Studies, Renate Kroll, ed., Stuttgart: Metzler, 2002, 292.

8.      “Benstock, Shari”, in: Metzler Lexikon Gender Studies, Renate Kroll, ed., Stuttgart: Metzler, 2002, 38-39.

7.      “Pater, Walter”, in: Metzler Lexikon englischsprachiger Autoren, Eberhard Kreutzer / Ansgar Nünning, eds., Stuttgart: Metzler, 2002, 449.

6.      “Osborne, Dorothy”, in: Metzler Lexikon englischsprachiger Autoren, Eberhard Kreutzer / Ansgar Nünning, eds., Stuttgart: Metzler, 2002, 444.

5.      “Melville, Pauline”, in: Metzler Lexikon englischsprachiger Autoren, Eberhard Kreutzer / Ansgar Nünning, eds., Stuttgart: Metzler, 2002, 398.

4.      “Cavendish, Margaret”, in: Metzler Lexikon englischsprachiger Autoren, Eberhard Kreutzer / Ansgar Nünning, eds., Stuttgart: Metzler, 2002, 106f.

3.      “Byatt, Antonia S.”, in: Metzler Lexikon englischsprachiger Autoren, Eberhard Kreutzer / Ansgar Nünning, eds., Stuttgart: Metzler, 2002, 89-91.

2.      “Biographie / Autobiographie”, in: Metzler Lexikon ReligionMaterialien-Band, Christoph Auffarth / Jutta Bernard / Hubert Mohr, eds., vol. 4, Stuttgart: Metzler, 2002, 323-325.

1.      “Biographie / Autobiographie”, in: Metzler Lexikon Religion, Christoph Auffarth / Jutta Bernard / Hubert Mohr, eds., Stuttgart: Metzler, 1999, 164-167.

 

Reviews

20.     Review of Mariadele Boccardi, A. S. Byatt, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. In: ZAA: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 2014, 395.           

19.    Review of Hans-Joachim Backe, Under the Hood: Die Verweisstruktur der Watchmen, Bochum/Essen: Ch. A. Bachmann, 2010. In: European Comic Art, 2013, 164-165.

18.    Review of Alfred Hornung / Rüdiger Kunow, eds., Representation and Decoration in a Postmodern Age, Heidelberg: Winter 2009. In: Anglia 129, vol. 3 (2011), 556-558.

17.    Review of Martin Heusser / Andreas Fischer / Andreas H. Jucker, eds., Mediality / Intermediality, SPELL 21, Tübingen: Narr 2008. In: AAA vol. 36 (2011), 174-176.

16.    Review of Lambert Wiesing, Die Sichtbarkeit des Bildes. Geschichte und Perspektiven der formalen Ästhetik, Frankfurt/New York: Campus, 2008, published in: JLTonline, http://www.jltonline.de/index.php/reviews, [re-printed in: Fixpoetry, http://www.fixpoetry.com/feuilleton/rezensionen/940.html, (2010)].

15.    Review of Ronald Bedford / Lloyd Davis / Philippa Kelly, eds., Early Modern English Lives: Autobiography and Self-Representation 1500-1660, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007, und Rezension von Meredith Anne Skura, Tudor Autobiography: Listening for Inwardness, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. In: Shakespeare Jahrbuch, vol. 146, (2010), 245-247.

14.    Review of Kimberly Rhodes. Ophelia and Visual Culture: Representing Body Politics in the Nineteenth Century. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008, and Graham Smith. “Light that Dances in the Mind”: Photographs and Memory in the Writings of E. M. Forster and His Contemporaries. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007. In: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 57.4 (2009), 414-417 (with Julia Straub).

13.    Review of Monika Schmitz-Emans / Gertrud Lehnert, eds., Visual Culture, Heidelberg: Synchron, 2008. In: Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen (2009), 389-391.

12.    Review of Lambert Wiesing, Die Sichtbarkeit des Bildes. Geschichte und Perspektiven der formalen Ästhetik, Frankfurt/New York: Campus, 2008, published in: JLTonline, http://www.jltonline.de/index.php/reviews.

11.    Review of Martin Heusser / Michèle Hannoosh / Eric Haskell / Leo Hoek / David Scott / Peter de Voogd, eds., On Verbal / Visual Representation, Word & Image Interactions 4. TEXTEXT Studies in Comparative Literature 50. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2005. In: Anglia (2008), 206-209.

10.    Review of Peter Paul Schnierer, Entdämonisierung und Verteufelung. Studien zur Darstellungs- und Funktionsgeschichte des Diabolischen in der englischen Literatur seit der Renaissance, Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2005: “Studien zur englischen Philologie” vol. 37. In: Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, 2 (2006), 421-423.

9.      Review of Ulla Haselstein / Berndt Ostendorf / Peter Schneck, eds., Iconographies of Power. The Politics and Poetics of Visual Representation, Heidelberg: Winter, 2003. In: Anglia 123.2 (2005), 311-316 (with Prof. Dr. Frank Kelleter).

8.      Review of four new works with focus on ‘Shakespeare and the Visual Arts’. In: Shakespeare Jahrbuch 141 (2005), 233-239.

7.      Review of Emily Dalgarno, Virginia Woolf and the Visible World, Cambridge: CUP, 2001. In: Anglia 2 (2003), 331-332.

6.      Review of Joachim Möller, ed., Sister Arts. Englische Literatur im Grenzland der Kunstgebiete, Marburg: Jonas, 2001, published in: Anglia 2 (2003), 481-483.

5.      Review of Mario Klarer, Ekphrasis. Bildbeschreibung als Repräsentationstheorie bei Spenser, Sidney, Lyly und Shakespeare, Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2001. In: ZAA 4 (2002), 425-427.

4.      Review of Gisela Ecker, ed., Trauer tragen–Trauer zeigen. Inszenierungen der Ge-schlechter, Munich: Fink, 1999. In: ZAA 1 (2001), 96f.

3.      Review of Janet Todd, ed., Aphra Behn Studies, Cambridge: CUP, 1996, published in: Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 237, Jg. 152 (2000), 201-203.

2.      Review of Susanne Günthner / Helga Kotthoff, eds., Von fremden Stimmen. Weibliches und Männliches Sprechen im Kulturvergleich, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1991: “Frauensprache, wirklich süß. Weibliches und männliches Sprechen im Kultur­vergleich”, published in: Die Tageszeitung, 17.3.1992.

1.      Review of Susanne Günthner / Helga Kotthoff, eds., Von fremden Stimmen. Weibliches und Männliches Sprechen im Kulturvergleich, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1991: “Das ,ewig Weibliche’? - Zum Ende eines Mythos”. In: Feministische Studien, 2 (1992), 149-152.

 

Interviews

3.     Interview with GR by the Tages-Anzeiger Online, 10.10.2013 about Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013.

2.     Interview with GR by the Tages-Anzeiger Online, 29.01.2010 about “J. D. Salinger”.

1.     Interview with Prof. Dr. M. Nadig: “Maya Nadig: Blick auf Verborgenes”. In: Du. Die Zeitschrift für Kultur, 11/1993, 28-32.

 

Research Interests

Intermediality (text-image relations, ekphrasis in particular); graphic novels; cultural studies and cultural sustainability; literary theory; interculturality and postcolonialism; cosmopolitanism and transculturalism; history and anthropology of the media; literature and anthropology; early modernity (frühe Neuzeit); 17th, 19th and 20th century women writers in English; autobiography research; feminist literary theory.

Current Research Projects

  • Original – Kopie: Techniken und Ästhetiken der Reproduzierbarkeit with the WBKolleg, University of Bern
     
  • Contemporary Narratives, Handbook Project with Prof. Dr. Laura Marcus, University of Oxford, UK
     
  • Of Cultural and Medial Alterity, SNF-funded research project with Prof. Dr. Philipp Schweighauser and Prof. Dr. Walter Leimgruber (University of Basel)
     
  • Ekphrasis in the Digital Age, with Prof. Dr. Renate Brosch, University of Stuttgart, and Prof. Dr. Danuta Fjellestad, University of Uppsala
     
  • Cultural Sustainability, with Prof. Dr. Torsten Meireis, Theology Department, University of Bern
     
  • Postcolonial Ekphrasis, with Professor Birgit Neumann, University of Düsseldorf

  • Cultural Memory: The Construction of Classical Antiquity in American and British Literature: William Shakespeare to Hilda Doolittle and Derek Walcott. The project aims a) to understand the fascination of American and British writers with classical literature over the last centuries, b) to differentiate the specific characteristics of the reception of antiquity over different periods of literary and cultural history, c) to analyze the respective functions of intertextual, intermedial and intercultural references to ancient literature (for instance the depiction of violence), and d) to investigate intercultural contact and the construction of national identity as well as the processes of tradition building and canon formation.

 

Recently Finished Research Projects

 

  • SNF Doctoral research group: Seriality and Intermediality in ‘Graphic Novels’

In the last 30 years, many so-called ‘graphic novels’ have been published and have enjoyed enthusiastic popular reception. Writers such as Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Alan Moore (Swamp Things, V for Vendetta, From Hell), Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns), Art Spiegelman (Maus: A Survivor’s Tale), Joe Sacco (Safe Area Gorazde), Chris Ware (Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth) and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) are collaborating with well-known graphic artists such as Dave McKean, Dave Gibbons, Bryon Talbot, Mark Buckingham, Gene Wolfe, Eddie Campbell and are bringing to life this bi-medial mode of representation which has obviously inherited a lot from its precursors, comics, but also has a distinct aesthetics of its own. The aim of our project, which is part of the international and interdisciplinary research group on Popular Seriality: Aesthetics and Practice, is to explore the intermedial aesthetics of serialized graphic novels in all their variations and transformations, and their different visual and narrative worlds. Furthermore, we want to examine how and where graphic novels are positioned in the cultural landscape as well as the various forms of canonization processes they can undergo.

In September 2009, the SNF (Schweizerischer Nationalfonds) granted the funds for the implementation of this project.

This project was associated with the DFG research group "Popular Seriality - Aesthetics and Practice" at the University of Göttingen.

  • Doctoral research group: Cosmopolitanism and Identity in Contemporary Indian Literatures in English: Exploring Fictions of the Homeland and of the Diaspora

In this research project, the concept of ‘cosmopolitanism’ was to be investigated in contemporary literatures of India and of the Indian diaspora. Long understood in the classical sense of the word - the cosmopolite as a ‘citizen of the world’ - the concept of cosmopolitanism has acquired new significance in the last thirty years, due to postcolonialism and, in its wake, globalisation, migration, multiculturalism and the re-emergence of nationalism and religious fundamentalism. By invoking new notions of belonging, citizenship and identity, and by recognizing new sites of cultural production, cosmopolitanism raises issues which demand to be investigated in cultural studies and, specifically, literary studies. Fictions produced by writers of Indian origin living in India or elsewhere discuss identity, cosmopolitanism, globalisation and nationalism from several perspectives. Considering the historical, political and social background of Indian literatures in English, it seems a worthwhile undertaking to investigate a selection of texts in respect to the issues of cosmopolitanism and identity, as well as to the further thematic concerns these concepts imply.

   This project was conducted with Prof. Dr. Virginia Richter, University of Bern.

  • VW-Project Literarische Wertung und Kanon: Theorie und Praxis der Literaturvermittlung in der ‘nachbürgerlichen’ Wissensgesellschaft

Das von der VW-Stiftung mit einer Million Euro finanzierte und am Göttinger Zentrum für Theorie und Methodik der Kulturwissenschaften verankerte Promotionskolleg war ein Pilotprojekt für eine in den Geisteswissenschaften neue Organisationsform der Graduiertenförderung. Literaturwissenschaftliche Qualifikation wird mit hoher Praxiskompetenz in Dissertationsprojekten verbunden, die Wertungs-, Kanonisierungs- und Vermittlungskulturen im wissenschaftlichen und wirtschaftlichen Bereich untersuchen und miteinander vergleichen. Beteiligte Fachgebiete sind Amerikanistik, Anglistik, Germanistik, Komparatistik, Romanistik und Slavistik. Neben ihrer wissenschaftlichen Arbeit lernen die Promovend/inn/en in Praktika bei renommierten Verlagen (dtv, Fischer, Hanser, Metzler, Suhrkamp, Wallstein und Verlagsgruppe Holtzbrinck) die Bedingungen gegenwärtiger Literaturvermittlung näher kennen.

  • The Irreducibility of Images: Intermediality in Contemporary Literary and Cultural Studies

This project focuses on the question of the relationship between word and image, text and picture in American and British literature and thought since the eighteenth century. Instead of addressing this issue from a relatively narrow philological angle, the concept of “intermediality” seeks to outline the interdisciplinary character of this project. On the one hand, intermediality refers to a wide range of phenomena, such as “illustration”, “pictorialism”, “ekphrasis”, “iconicity” and “emblem”, situating them within a wider cultural and intellectual framework. On the other hand, intermediality can also be understood as a term that seeks to describe how text-image relationships take part in the generation and dissemination of “knowledge”, broadly perceived. It is precisely in this sense that the present project does not focus merely on the similarities or differences between “text” and “image”. Rather, it seeks to investigate their wider effect on cultural imagination and imaginaire.

This project was conducted with Prof. Dr. Christian Emden, Rice University, Houston/Texas.

  • The Aesthetics of Violence

The project’s starting point is the fact that violence seems incompatible with the Western “process of civilization”; and yet violence is endemic to all Western cultures and societies. The project focuses on 20th-century writers, film directors, and artists from Great Britain and the United States who depict horrific atrocities, both in the form of political and individual cruelty. The project aims firstly at providing a survey of the history of theorizing violence and its representations (Aristotle, Lessing, Artaud, Bataille, Adorno, Girard, Sofsky, Agamben, and Scarry). Secondly, it includes analyses of examples from literature and other media.

  • Haunted Narratives: The Politics and Poetics of Identity Formation and Life Writing

Zwei schweizerisch-estnische Graduiertenkonferenzen finden vom 25.-31. Mai 2007 an der Universität Tartu und vom 7.-11. Mai 2008 an der Universität Bern statt und dienen der Nachwuchsförderung. Das gemeinsame Forschungsprojekt von Philosophinnen, Literatur- und KulturwissenschaftlerInnen der Universitäten Bern und Tartu beschäftigt sich mit Formen individueller und kollektiver Identitätskonstitution vor dem Hintergrund der historischen Entwicklungen im 20. Jahrhundert. Diese Identitätskonstitutionen von Individuen und kulturellen und politischen Gemeinschaften weisen zunehmend Brüche auf, die sich in Geschichten der politischen Unterdrückung, der Verfolgung, der ethnischen Säuberungen und Kriege und schliesslich auch in Exil-, Transkulturations- und Hybriditätserfahrungen niederschlagen. Die Ergebnisse der beiden Tagungen werden in Buchform publiziert.

The project was conducted with Prof. Dr. Margit Sutrop and Prof. Dr. Tiina Kirss (University of Tartu, Estonia).
 

  • Karman-Project: Staging Difference - Interreligious Conflicts in South and Southeast Asia

The research cluster “Staging Difference” aims at elucidating the emergence of increasingly tangible interreligious conflicts fuelled by stagings of religiously defined collective identities in South and Southeast Asian postcolonial societies. Its focus is on the media-driven communication of national and global social movements and their interaction with, and “colonisation” of, local conflicts. The three PhD projects (social anthropology, science of religion and literary studies) are methodologically linked across disciplines by a discourse analytic approach to intermediality.

In collaboration with Prof. Dr. Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz and Prof. Dr. Heinzpeter Znoj.

Conferences (Organized)

  • Sept. 2017: Cuso workshop: “American Material Cultures”, with Prof. Dr. Mark Seltzer (UCLA, USA) and Prof. Dr. Christian Emden (Rice University, USA). Co-organizers: PD Dr. Julia Straub and Sofie Behluli, MA
     
  • Dec. 2016:Co-organized international Walter-Benjamin-Kolleg workshop “Original – Copy: Techniques and Aesthetics of Reproduction”, an interdisciplinary co-operation between Medieval German Literature, Art History and Litera-tures in English, University of Bern (with Prof. Dr. Christine Göttler, Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl, Prof. Dr. Peter Schneemann and Prof. Dr. Michael Stolz; coordinator: Prof. Rippl)
     
  • Nov. 2016: Co-organized international exploratory workshop “Cultural Dimensions of Sustainability”, University of Bern (with Prof. Dr. Torsten Meireis, Hum-boldt University Berlin; funded by SNF and SAGW)
     
  • Nov. 2016:Co-organized International Conference “Of Cultural and Medial Alterity: The Scholarship, Poetry, Photography, and Films of Edward Sapir, Ruth Ful-ton Benedict, and Margaret Mead” (funded by Swiss National Science Foundation/SNF in cooperation with the University of Basel, Department of English/Prof. Dr. Philipp Schweighauser, and the Department of Anthropol-ogy/Prof. Dr. Walter Leimgruber)
     
  • August 2016:Co-organized seminar “Contemporary Ekphrasis”, ESSE Conference, Na-tional University of Galway, Ireland (with Prof. Dr. Renate Brosch, Universi-ty of Stuttgart, and Prof. Dr. Danuta Fjellestad, University of Uppsala)
     
  • May 2016:Master Class “Intermediality and Literature”, International PhD Program “Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Giessen
     
  • April 2016:Co-organization of talk and workshop by Laura Marcus, “The Meanings of ‘Ambivalence’: Its Origin and Ends”, part of the Distinguished Lecture Se-ries (together with the Walter Benjamin Kolleg), University of Bern
     
  • March 2016:Co-taught Workshop “Inflation der Mythen”, Graduate School of the Hu-manities, Walter Benjamin Kolleg, Universität Bern (with Prof. Dr. Stepha-nie Wodianka, University of Rostock)
     
  • August 2015: Co-organization of the DFG-Workshop “Ekphrasis in the Digital Age III” (with Prof. Dr. Renate Brosch, University of Stuttgart, and Prof. Dr. Danuta Fjellestad, University of Uppsala)
     
  • June 2015: Co-organization of the DFG-workshop “Ekphrasis in the Digital Age II” (with Prof. Dr. Renate Brosch, University of Stuttgart, and Prof. Dr. Danuta Fjellestad, University of Uppsala)
     
  • March 2015: Workshop with Prof. Joseph Imorde (Art History, University of Siegen): “Kanonbildung: Wertungsfragen im historischen Kontext” (Canon Making: Questions of Value in Historical Context), Graduate School of the Arts, University of Bern
     
  • SpS 2015: Collegium generale lecture series “Am Limit? Grenzen in den Wissen-schaften heute” (At the limit? Limits of Research Today), University of Bern
     
  • FS 2014: Collegium generale lecture series “Spitzenforschung an der Universität Bern” (Cutting Edge Research at the University of Bern), University of Bern
     
  • October 2014: Cuso workshop: “Intermediality”, with Prof. Dr. James Heffernan (Dartmore College, USA), Prof. Dr. Werner Wolf (University of Graz) and Prof. Dr. Lars Elleström (University of Kalmar/Växjö, Schweden)
     
  • October 2014: Co-organization of the DFG-workshops “Ekphrasis in the Digital Age I” (with Prof. Dr. Renate Brosch, University of Stuttgart, and Prof. Dr. Danuta Fjellestad, University of Uppsala)
     
  • April 2014: Münchenwiler Workshop 2014, Collegium generale at the University of Bern, “Geschlechtergerechtigkeit und Nachhaltigkeit” (Gender Equality and Sustainability)
     
  • February 2014: Swiss National Science Foundation/SNF Workshop on Anglophone graphic novels with Dr. Roger Sabin, Professor of Popular Culture, Central Saint Martins University of the Arts, London 
     
  • October 2013: Swiss National Science Foundation/SNF Intermediality workshop with Prof. Dr. Laura Marcus, University of Oxford, and Swiss doctoral candidates
     
  • April 2013: Münchenwiler Workshop 2013, Collegium generale at the University of Bern, “Nachhaltiges Lernen” (Sustainable Learning)
     
  • October 2012: Conference: “Staging Emotions: Melodrama in the Anglophone World, 1780-2010”, together with Dr. Julia Straub, University of Bern
     
  • August 2012: NASSR Conference Committee “Romantic Prospects” (North American Society for the Study of Romanticism), University of Neuchâtel
     
  • April 2012: Münchenwiler Workshop 2012, Collegium generale at the University of Bern, “Open Access”
     
  • October 2011: Interdisciplinary Methodology: “The Case of Comics Studies”, University of Bern
     
  • October 2011: Workshop with Dr. Daniel Stein and doctoral candidates of the Swiss National Science Foundation/SNF-research project “Seriality and Intermediality in Graphic Novels”, University of Bern
     
  • April 2011: Münchenwiler Workshop 2011, Collegium generale at the University of Bern, “Fünf Jahre Bologna - Rückschau und Perspektiven” (5 years Bologna – Retrospect and Perspectives)
     
  • Sept. 2010: Excursion to New York City (supported by the American Embassy, Bern)
     
  • April 2010: Münchenwiler Workshop 2010, Collegium generale at the University of Bern, “Rationality between Religion and Philosophy”
     
  • Nov. 2009: Iconicity Workshop, University of Bern
     
  • April 2009: Münchenwiler Workshop 2009, Collegium generale at the University of Bern, “Studium Generale and the Idea of the University”
     
  • May 2008: Organization of the postgraduate conference “Haunted Narratives II: The Poetics and Politics of Identity Formation and Life-Writing”, University of Bern
     
  • April 2008: Münchenwiler Workshop 2008, Collegium generale at the University of Bern, “Digitale Information: Zwischen Bewahren und Vergessen” (Digital information: Between Preserving and Forgetting)
     
  • July 2007: Organization of the international colloquium “Hermeneutik und Empathie. Über die affektiven Grundlagen des Verstehens” (Hermeneutics and Empathy: On the Affective Basis of Comprehension)
     
  • May 2007: Organization of the postgraduate conference “Haunted Narratives I: The Poetics and Politics of Identity Formation and Life-Writing”, University of Tartu
     
  • April 2007: Münchenwiler Workshop 2007, Collegium generale at the University of Bern, “Qualitätssicherung und -entwicklung im Hochschulbereich” (Quality Management in Tertiary Education)
     
  • July 2006: Organization of the workshops “Writing the Self in and out of Literature” together with colleagues of the University of Tartu

CV and List of Publications

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News

(Re-)Writing the Caribbean: Transculturality and Transnationalism in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas

Prof. Dr. Gabriel Rippl hosts a guest lecture by Dr. Sinah Kloss on the topic of "(Re-)Writing the Caribbean: Transculturality and Transnationalism in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas" on 3 November at 3.00pm.

03.11.17

The Worlds of World Literature: Histories of Literary Worlding and Global Circulation

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl is hosting a guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Birgit Neumann on the topic of "The Worlds of World Literature: Histories of Literary Worlding and Global Circulation" on 13 October at 4:45pm.

13.10.17

Congratulations to Dr. des. Lukas Etter ...

who until recently worked in our section of the department. For his PhD thesis “Auteurgraphy: Distinctiveness of Styles in Alternative Graphic Narratives” (first supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl; second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Daniel Stein), Lukas Etter has been selected as one of two recipients of the 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Prize, awarded by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Bern. The prize amounts to CHF 5000.00 for each of this year’s two prizewinners and will be officially awarded on 16 October 2015 in Bern.

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