Lisann Anders

Lisann Anders, M.A.

Assistant to Prof. Barbara Straumann

Phone: 044 6343626

Curriculum vitae

Lisann Anders holds an MA in Screenwriting from the National University of Ireland Galway as well as an MA in English Literature & Linguistics from the University of Zurich. Her MA thesis discussed best friends in Shakespeare. Lisann's minors at the University of Zurich were Media & Communication and History.

After several years as a Language Skills & Culture tutor at the English Department, she is now a research and teaching assistant to Prof. Barbara Straumann. Her research interests include Shakespeare, American literature, crime fiction, and film.


PhD Project

Lisann's PhD project focuses on the American city in general and New York City in particular. She discusses how the city can trigger the imagination of crimes. The main focus of this project lies on literature of the 1980s and 1990s but it finds its point of departure in the 19th century Gothic representation of cities.


Other Projects

Other academic projects include research in the field of graphic novels and comics. The emphasis of these side projects is put on the representation of the city in Batman and Green Arrow.

From September 2017 onwards, Lisann is taking over the editorial position for the academic blog Swisspeare, which publishes events and news on Shakespeare in Switzerland.


Lisann actively supports the arts by being an alumni as well as the founder of the Blueprint Masquerades, the former English Drama Group of Zurich.

She was also the director of the Zurich Shakespeare Festival 2016, which was launched by students of the English Department of UZH to commemorate Shakespeare's 400th death anniversary. The festival was supported by and worked closely together with the  City of Zurich, the British Council, the Zurich Opera House and actor Jeremy Irons.



Fall 2017 / Spring 2018     Textual Analysis (BA seminar - basic module)

Fall 2017                            Villains in Shakespeare (BA seminar)

Spring 2017                       Psychopaths in the City (BA seminar)

Fall 2016 / Spring 2017     Textual Analysis (BA seminar - basic module)

Spring 2016                       Best Friends in Shakespeare  (BA seminar)

Fall 2015 / Spring 2016     Textual Analysis  (BA seminar - basic module)



"Fighting the Self: Inter- and Intra-Personal Communicative Violence in Chuck Palahnuik's Fight Club." Self-Injury and Communication: The Body as a Medium for Messaging Distress and Resistance. Ed. Warren Bareiss. 2018 [forthcoming]

"The Normal Abnormal: Identity Formation in the Circus Space." Circus Space: The Big Top on the Big Screen. Ed. Teresa Cutler-Broyles. MacFarland: January 2018 [forthcoming].


Conference Papers

"Seeing the Invisible: Batman's Gotham and Green Arrow's Star City Unmasked." Paper presented at the 115th Annual PAMLA Conference. Chaminade University, Honolulu, HI, USA. 10-12 November 2017.

"The Mask behind the Hero: Creating Identities in Green Arrow's Star City." Paper presented at the international conference Spaced Out/ Spazi Tra Le Nuvole. University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. 26-28 October 2017.

"Trapped in the Body: The Fragmentation of Body & Mind in Chuck Palahnuik's Fight Club." Paper presented at the international PhD conference À Corps Perdu - The Body: Limits, Constructions, Intensity. University of Verona, Verona, Italy, 20-22 September 2017. 

"The Dynamics of Community in the TV show Community." Paper presented at the SANAS Conference 2016: American Communities: Between the Popular & Political. University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland, 04-05 November 2016.

"Caught in the Image: Transgressing Boundaries in New York City of the 1920s in Nella Larsen's Passing and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby." Paper presented at the SAUTE Biennial Conference 2015: Economies of English. University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 24-25 April 2015.

“Imagined Crimes: Between Reality and Madness.” Paper presented at the conference Captivating Criminality: Crime Fiction, Darkness, Desire? Bath Spa University, Corsham Court, UK, 24-26 April 2014.



"Introduction to William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew." Talk given at Theater Winterthur prior to the performance of The Taming of the Shrew presented by the TNT Theatre Britain, 7 March 2017.