Department of English

Academic Staff

Dr. Zoë Lehmann Imfeld

Adjunct Researcher

Modern English Literature

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Postal Address
Department of English
Länggassstr. 49
CH – 3012 Bern
Consultation Hour
Office hours during term time are on Tuesday 16:15 - 17:00 by previous appointment only (sign up via email).

Zoë studied English literature and theology, and combined these disciplines for her 2015 PhD thesis on Victorian ghost stories, which was awarded the SNF Marie Heim-Vögtlin prize for 2016. Her monograph The Victorian Ghost Story and Theology: from Le Fanu to James was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. Zoë is now continuing her interdisciplinary focus as a post-doctoral fellow with the Centre for Space and Habitability. She is also a visiting fellow at the Centre of Theological Inquiry, Princeton. Zoë’s research interests include literature and theology, literature and philosophy, science fiction, fictionality, Victorian literature, and gothic and supernatural fiction.

The Victorian Ghost Story and Theology , monograph (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

Theology and Literature after Postmodernism , ed. by Zoë Lehmann Imfeld, Peter Hampson, Alison Milbank. Multi-author volume. (London: Bloomsbury, 2015)

‘Hospitable Conversations in Theology and Literature: Re-Opening a Space to be Human’, with Peter Hampson and Alison Milbank, in Theology and Literature after Postmodernism, pp. 1-14

‘Thrashing between exoneration and excoriation’: Creating Narratives in We Need to Talk about Kevin’, in Theology and Literature after Postmodernism, pp. 179-194

‘Interview and Conversation with John Milbank and Simon Oliver: Radical Orthodoxy & Christian Psychology I - Theological Underpinnings’, with Prof. Peter Hampson, Edification: The Transdisciplinary Journal of Christian Psychology, 2013, vol. 6.1, 44-52

‘Interview and Conversation with Conor Cunningham and Aaron Riches: Radical Orthodoxy & Christian Psychology II - Ontological Naturalism and Christology’, with Prof. Peter Hampson, Edification: The Transdisciplinary Journal of Christian Psychology, 2013, vol. 6.1, 53-61

‘Review of the Book: A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians, by Timothy Larsens’, New Blackfriars Review, March 2012, vol. 93

‘Review of the Book: British Romanticism and the Catholic Question: Religion, History and National Identity, 1778-1829, by Michael Tomko’, New Blackfriars Review, January 2012, vol. 93

‘The Colonial Other in E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India’, Quest, Postgraduate Journal of Queen’s University Belfast, 5(2007) 85-96

‘Hybridity and Duality in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children’, Muse India, 25(2009)

Conference Papers and Events

Upcoming: ‘Doctor Who, Aliens and Alienation’, NECPA conference, Keene State University, 21st-22nd October 2016

‘Fiction beyond Fictionality: Using Scientific Modelling to Read Science Fiction’, British Society of Literature and Science Annual Conference, University of Birmingham, 7th-9th April 2016

discussion panel, ‘Eine Reise von Kopernikus zur modernen Exoplaneten-Forschung Revolution im Weltall’, University of Bern, 4th December 2015

‘Nineteenth-Century Science Fiction and the Language of Romanticism’, Poetics of Knowledge, Bern, 5th-7th November 2015

‘The Almost Person: Myth, Narrative and The Doctor’, PCA/ACA International Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, 22-24 July, 2015

‘Using the Ghost Story for a Participatory Theory of Reading’, 2014 Mideast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature: “The Imagination, Participation, and Co-Creation”, Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, VA
31st October- 1st November 2014

‘Narratives of being in We Need to Talk about Kevin’, Re-Imagining Human, University of Leuven, 18th-20th September 2014 (The 17th Biennial Conference for the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture)

‘“I am not playing a part, I am the part”: Self-Actualisation as Myth Creation in Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk about Kevin’, Creating Myths as Narratives of Empowerment and Disempowerment, 10th-13th March 2014, University of Jendouba, Tunisia

‘The Porous World of the Victorian Ghost Story’, Working with A Secular Age -Interdisciplinary Reflections on Charles Taylor’s Conception of the Secular, University of Bern, 6-8th March 2014

‘Sharing a Post-Modern Religious Experience’, The Hospitable Text: New Approaches to Religion & Literature, Journal of Religion and Literature , 14-16 July 2011, London

Research Interests

Literature and theology, literature and philosophy, science fiction, fictionality, the long 19th-century, myth theory.