Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl

Full Professor and Chair of North American Literature and Culture

Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities

Phone
+41 31 631 83 66
E-Mail
gabriele.rippl@ens.unibe.ch
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B261
Postal Address
Department of English
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Länggassstr. 49
CH – 3012 Bern
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Office hours: by appointment

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’ (German Research Foundation/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 English and American 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 American Studies/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), as president of the SNSF Research Committee of the University of Bern, 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 was a scholar at the Center for Advanced Studies, University of Cologne, where she undertook research for a project with the title "Anglophone Life Writing Today: Transcultural Figurations--Intermedial Constellations."

Prof. Rippl is a member of the Swiss National Research Council (Division 1) and the President of the SNSF’s Specialised Committee Careers. She also serves as a member of the Presiding Board of the National Research Council, as president of Ambizione (SNSF Division 1), as Chair of the SNSF Panel Editions, on several other SNSF committees, and as an advisory board member of the Berrow Foundation, Lincoln College, Oxford.

She is now Vice Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Bern (2019–) and a member of the university’s Senate. In 2014 AcademiaNet – European Expert Database of Outstanding Female Academics elected her as a new member.

Editorial responsibilities: Anglia. Journal of English Philology (De Gruyter), the Anglia Book Series (De Gruyter) and the series Handbooks of English and American Studies: Text and Theory (De Gruyter).

Gabriele Rippl’s 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 to the contemporary period 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), autobiographical writing, cultural sustainability, the reception of classical antiquity in Anglophone literatures, the history and theory of the media, and the anthropology of literature.

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Research Interests

Intermediality (text-image relations, ekphrasis and eco-ekphrasis in particular); environmental humanities; Anglophone world literatures; cultural studies and cultural sustainability; literary theory; graphic novels; interculturality and postcolonialism; transculturalism; history and anthropology of the media; literature and anthropology; 17th, 19th and 20th century women writers in English; autobiography research; feminist literary theory.

Current Research Projects G. Rippl

  • Anglophone World Literatures, with Prof. Dr. Neumann (Düsseldorf) and Stefan Helgesson (Stockholm)
  • Interdisciplinary Walter-Benjamin-Kolleg research platform “Auto_Bio_Graphie”, a cooperation between Dance Studies (Prof. Dr. Ch. Thurner), Spanish Literature (Prof. Bénédicte Vauthier), American Studies/Literatures in English (Prof. Dr. G. Rippl) and Visual Anthropology (Prof. Dr. M. Schäuble)
  • Der ökologische Imperativ: Materialität, Medialität und Metaphorik ökologischer Fragestellungen in Kunst, Literatur und Gesellschaft, Prof. Dr. G. Rippl (American Studies/Literatures in English, University of Bern), Prof. Dr. Peter Schneemann and Dr. Toni Hildebrandt (both Art History, University of Bern), Prof. Dr. Michaela Schäuble (Social Anthropology, University of Bern) and Prof. Dr. Peter Krieger (Art History, UNAM Mexico City), SNSF Sinergia project (2021–2024)
  • Original – Copy: Techniques and Aesthetics of Reproduction, Interdisciplinary Walter Benjamin Kolleg research platform, with Prof. Dr. Ch. Göttler, Prof. Dr. P. Schneemann (Art History), and Prof. Dr. M. Stolz (Medieval German Literature)

 

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.

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.

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz and Prof. Dr. Heinzpeter Znoj.

 

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Latest Publications

Stefan Helgesson / Birgit Neumann / Gabriele Rippl, eds. Handbook of Anglophone World Literatures, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2020.

Verbal-Visual Configurations in Postcolonial Literature:  Intermedial Aesthetics (co-authored with Birgit Neumann). London: Routledge, 2020.

“Ekphrasis”, in: The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Article published June 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190201098.013.1057.

Torsten Meireis / Gabriele Rippl, eds. Cultural Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences, London: Routledge, 2019.

“Sustainability, Eco-Ekphrasis and the Ethics of Literary Description”, in: Torsten Meireis and Gabriele Rippl, eds. Cultural Sustainability, London: Routledge, 2019.

Kulturwissenschaftliche Zeitschrift 3 (2019), special issue Original und Kopie: Techniken und Ästhetiken der re-/produktiven Abweichung (with Michael Stolz).

“Einleitung” (with Michael Stolz), in G. Rippl and M. Stolz, eds., special issue Original und Kopie: Techniken und Ästhetiken der re-/produktiven Abweichung, in Kulturwissenschaftliche Zeitschrift 3 (2019).

“Ekphrasis als intermediale Transkription”, in G. Rippl and M. Stolz, eds., special issue Original und Kopie: Techniken und Ästhetiken der re-/produktiven Abweichung, in Kulturwissenschaftliche Zeitschrift 3 (2019).

“Kulturwissenschaft [Kulturelle Nachhaltigkeit]”, in: Ursula Kluwick und Evi Zemanek, eds., Nachhaltigkeit – interdisziplinär. Konzepte, Diskurse, Praktiken. Ein Kompendium, Wien/Köln/Weimar: Böhlau/utb, 2019. 312-329.

“Introduction”, American Studies/Amerikastudien 63.4 (2019), special issue Anthropology and Aesthetics: Boasian Vistas (with Philipp Schweighauser, Silvy Chakkalakal, A. Elisabeth Reichel), 431-440.

“Teju Coles Bilder: Open City (2011) – Every Day Is for the Thief (2007/2014) – Blind Spot (2016)”, in: Günter Blamberger and Dietrich Boschung, eds., Morphomata-Schriftenreihe, Paderborn: Fink, 2019. 355-372.

“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).

“The Cultural Work of Ekphrasis in Contemporary Anglophone Novels”, in: Poetics Today, 39.2 (2018): 256-285.

“Ekphrasis in the Digital Age”, in: Christina Hoffmann / Johanna Öttl, eds., Antikanon, vol. 2 ‘Digitalität’ (2017): 131-176. (with Sofie Behluli).

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

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

“‘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).

“Ekphrastic Encounters in Contemporary Transcultural American Life Writing”, in: Nassim Winnie Balestrini / Ina Bergmann, eds. Intermediality and Life Writing, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2017.

“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.

“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: De Gruyter, 2016, 27-38.

Monographs

Verbal-Visual Configurations in Postcolonial Literature:  Intermedial Aesthetics (co-authored with Birgit Neumann). London: Routledge, 2020.

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

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

Edited Books

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

Co-edited Books

Stefan Helgesson / Birgit Neumann / Gabriele Rippl, eds. Handbook of Anglophone World Literatures, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2020.

Torsten Meireis / Gabriele Rippl, eds. Cultural Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences, London: Routledge, 2019.

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

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edited Special Issues of Peer-reviewed Journals

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

Co-edited Special Issues of Peer-reviewed Journals

In preparation: special issue Book Histories in the Digital Age, Anglia (1/2021) (with U. Lenker).

Kulturwissenschaftliche Zeitschrift 3 (2019), special issue Original und Kopie: Techniken und Ästhetiken der re-/produktiven Abweichung (with Michael Stolz).

American Studies/Amerikastudien 63.4 (2019), special issue Boasian Vistas: American Poetry, Visual Culture and Anthropology: (guest editor with Philipp Schweighauser, Silvy Chakkalakal, A. Elisabeth Reichel).

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

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

Co-edited Peer-reviewed Journals and Book Series

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

Anglia Book Series. Berlin-Boston: De Gruyter (also available as ebook).

Co-edited Peer-reviewed Handbook Series

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

Edited Handbooks (Peer-reviewed)

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

Co-edited Handbooks (Peer-reviewed)

Gabriele Rippl / Stefan Helgesson / Birgit Neumann, eds. Handbook of Anglophone World Literatures. Berlin / Boston: De Gruyter, 2020 (also available as ebook).

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

Peer-reviewed Contributions to Handbooks and Yearbooks (selection)

“Kulturwissenschaft [Kulturelle Nachhaltigkeit]”, in: Ursula Kluwick und Evi Zemanek, eds., Nachhaltigkeit – interdisziplinär. Konzepte, Diskurse, Praktiken. Ein Kompendium, Wien/Köln/Weimar: Böhlau/utb, 2019. 312-329.

“Ekphrasis”, in: The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Article published June 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190201098.013.1057.

“Anais Nin: The Diary of Anais Nin”, in: Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, ed., Handbook of Autobiography/Autofiction, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2018.

“Autobiography in the Globalized World”, in: Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, ed., Handbook of Autobiography/Autofiction, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2018.

“Life and Work”, in: Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, ed., Handbook of Autobiography/Autofiction, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2018.

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

“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: De Gruyter, 2015, 128-155.

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

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

 

TEACHING (recent semesters):

HS 2020 (teaching reductions: deanery and SNSF)

  • C:         BA Literature Forum
  • C:         MA Literature Forum
  • Coll:     Key Issues in North American Studies
  • WS:      PhD Workshop “Life” with Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee (University of Mainz), Walter Benjamin Kolleg, University of Bern

FS 2020

  • L:         Literary History (joint lecture of members of the Department of English)
  • C:         BA Literature Forum
  • C:         MA Literature Forum
  • C:         MA Workshop Environmental Humanities
  • Coll:     Key Issues in North American Studies

HS 2019

  • L:         Interdisciplinary Lecture Auto_Bio_Graphy
  • C:         BA Literature Forum
  • C:         MA Literature Forum
  • Coll:     Key Issues in North American Studies

FS 2019

  • L:         Literary History (joint lecture of members of the Department of English)
  • L:         Gender Studies: Linguistic and Literary Perspectives (joint lecture of members of the Department of English)
  • C:         BA Literature Forum
  • C:         MA Literature Forum
  • Coll:     Key Issues in North American Studies
  • WS:      PhD Workshop “Space – Spatiality” with Prof. Dr. Birgit Neumann, University of Düsseldorf, Walter Benjamin Kolleg, University of Bern

HS 2018

  • MAS:   Modernism and Visual Culture
  • C:         BA Literature Forum
  • C:         MA Literature Forum
  • Coll:     Key Issues in North American Studies
  • MS:      Didactic Workshop at HKB Bern: How to Supervise BA-, MA- and PhD Theses Successfully
  • MS:   Workshop/summer school “Reproducibility and Copy in a Transdisciplinary Perspective”, taught at the Summer Academy of the Schweizerische Studienstiftung

FS 2018

  • MAS:   Literature and Un/Sustainability
  • MAS:   Migration in Film (with PD Dr. K. Schulz, History, and Prof. Dr. Sabine Strasser, Social Anthropology)
  • L:         Literary History (joint lecture of the Department of English)
  • L:         Migration: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (joint lecture of members of the Bernese faculty of the humanities)
  • C:         BA Literature Forum
  • C:         MA Literature Forum
  • Coll:     Key Issues in North American Studies
  • MS:    PhD Workshop “Mediality” with Prof. Dr. Uwe Wirth (University of Giessen) at the Walter Benjamin Kolleg, University of Bern

 

SUPERVISION (selection):

ONGOING DOCTORAL THESES:

  • Ilsemann, Mareike: Translations of Form in Anglophone World Literatures (working title, cosupervision; first supervisor: Prof. Dr. Birgit Neumann, University of Düsseldorf);
  • Kappel, Yvonne: Latency and Memory in Contemporary Anglophone (working title, cosupervision; first supervisor: Prof. Dr. Birgit Neumann, University of Düsseldorf);
  • Bischof, Roman: Between Neurons and the Self: Concepts of Consciousness, Identity and Reality in Representations of Mental Illness in Anglophone Novels since 1950 (working title);
  • Von Rütte, Sabine: The Representation of Motherhood in Contemporary American Fiction and Music (working title);

FINISHED DOCTORAL THESES:

  • Pirhulyieva, Jakhan (University of Bern, cosupervision): Space in Polar Exploration: Ships and Ice Realms in AngloAmerican Fiction, 1818–1851;
  • SkiboBirney, Bryn: Writing Between ‘the Human’ and ‘the Animal’ in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy” (member of the dissertation jury, University of Geneva, viva: May 2020);
  • Reichel, Elisabeth (University of Basel, cosupervision): Cultural Relativism, ‘Primitivism,’ and the Valuation of Cultures in the Writings of Edward Sapir, Ruth Fulton Benedict, and Margaret Mead;
  • Weigel, Anna: ‘Fiction of the Internet’: From Intermediality to Transmedia Storytelling in 21st-Century Novels (University of Helsinki, Dissertationsgutachten/Preliminary examination statement);
  • Hoffmann, Agnes: Selective Affinities: Landscape Around 1900 between Text and Image (Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Henry James) (University of Basel, cosupervision, 2016);
  • Mayer, Uwe: Mythos als Fremdheitstopos: Zur Produktivität einer Denkgewohnheit in der englischsprachigen Literatur seit der Romantik (GCSC Giessen, cosupervision, 2016);
  • Etter, Lukas. Auteurgraphy: Distinctness of Styles in Alternative Graphic Narratives (first supervisor, 2014; (Faculty prize 2015 for best PhD thesis);
  • Hoppeler, Stephanie: Continuity in Comic Books and Comic Book Continuity: Serialized USAmerican Comic Books of the 1980s (first supervisor, 2014);
  • Cottier, Annie: Rewriting Histories and Geographies: Cosmopolitan Moments in Contemporary Indian Writing (first supervisor, 2014);
  • Escherle, Nora Anna: ‘Our Work to Cry: Your Work to Listen.’ Religious Alterity and Violence in Contemporary Anglophone Novels on Partition and Communalism by Pakistani and Indian Writers (first supervisor, 2013);
  • Georgi, Claudia: Liveness and Mediatisation: The Use of Film and Video in Contemporary British Theatre and Performance (international cosupervisor, 2012);
  • Kessel, Markus: ‘Aus Negern Afrikaner machen’. Die Vermittlung subsaharischafrikanischer Literaturen in deutscher Übersetzung seit Ende der 1970er Jahre (international cosupervisor, 2010);
  • Morawietz, Eva Maria: The Canonization of a Modern Literary Vernacular in American Culture from the 1950s1970s (international cosupervisor, 2010);
  • Preuss, Stefanie: Processes of Canon Formation in Scottish PostWar Society and their Functions for the Construction of National Identity (first supervisor, 2010);
  • Nadj, Nadine (University of Giessen): Die fiktionale Metabiographie: Gattungsgedächt­nis und Gattungskritik in einem neuen Genre der zeitgenössischen englischsprachigen Erzählliteratur (international cosupervisor, 2008);
  • Straub, Julia: The New Life of Beatrice. Work on a Feminine Myth in Victorian Literature (first supervisor, 2007).

FINISHED HABILITATIONS:

  • 2014: Straub, Julia: The American Memory of Literature, 17701840.