Elisabeth Bronfen is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Zurich and, since 2007, Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. 2013 she co-curated the exhibition “Cleopatra. The Eternal Diva” at the Bundestkunst und Ausstellungshalle Bonn. She did her PhD at the University of Munich, on literary space in the work of Dorothy M. Richardson’s novel Pilgrimage, as well as her habilitation, five years later. A specialist in the 19th and 20th century literature she has also written articles in the area of gender studies, psychoanalysis, film, cultural theory and visual culture. Her book publications are Over Her Dead Body. Death, Femininity and the Aesthetic (Manchester University Press) and a collection of essays Death and Representation, co-edited with Sarah W. Goodwin (Johns Hopkins University Press). She has edited a four volume german edition of Anne Sexton poetry and letters. Further books are The Knotted Subject. Hysteria and its Discontents (Princeton, 1998) and the monograph Sylvia Plath in the series “Writers and their Work” (Northcote Press 1998). A book version of her dissertation has appeared in English, under the title Dorothy Richardson’s Art of Memory. Space, Identity, Text (Manchester University Press). The book Home in Hollywood. The Imaginary Geography of Cinema was published by Columbia University Press fall 2004. A collection of essays on recent scholarship in gender studes, co-edited with Misha Kavka and entitled Feminist Consequences. Theory for the New Century appeared with Columbia University Press, 2000. Another publication about the importance of the diva in celebrity culture, entitled Die Diva. Geschichte einer Bewunderung was published with Schirmer und Mosel, München. A further recent publication is her collection of essays Liebestod und Femme Fatale. Der Austausch sozialer Energien zwischen Oper, Literatur und Film. A cultural history of the night, Night Passages. Literature, Philosophy, Film was published with Columbia University Press in 2013. An introduction to the writings of Stanley Cavell, Stanley Cavell zur Einführung, as well as a collection of essays on visual culture, Crossmapping. Essays zur Visuellen Kultur, both appeared in German in 2009. Most resent publication is Specters of War. Hollywood's Engagement with Military Conflict (Rutgers U.P. 2012). The collection of essays Gothic Renaissance, co-edited with Beate Neumeier, will appear with Manchester University Press (2014). Current research projects include a book on Shakespeare as our contemporary and another study on Queen Elizabeth I. as the first diva and her cultural afterlife in literature and film.