PhD Projects: Literature

MA Josefina Tuominen

Josefina Tuominen has a B.A. in German Philology from the University of Helsinki and an M.A. in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Zürich. She is currently enrolled in the doctoral program for English and American Literary Studies and is working towards a dissertation on celebrity and genius in the Romantic period. Her supervisors are Prof. Dr. Allen Reddick and Prof. Dr. Angela Esterhammer. More

Lic. phil. Mark Ittensohn

Mark Ittensohn studied English Literature and Linguistics, Comparative Literature and General History at the University of Zurich, receiving his MA in 2011. He has been the recipient of a full two year research fellowship from the University of Zurich from 2012-2014 (Forschungskredit). Mark has been a sponsored participant at the 2012 Summer School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, and he has been a member of the organizing committee for the NASSR 2012 conference in Neuchâtel. Besides conducting PhD-related research, Mark also teaches at the English Department of the University of Zurich. Mark’s fields of interest include British and American Romanticism, specifically the intersection between writing and orality, as well as early nineteenth-century print culture and book history. His PhD thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Angela Esterhammer (University of Toronto) and Prof. Dr. Allen Reddick (Zurich) reads the genre of the frame cycle in Anglo-American Romanticism as an allegory on the early nineteenth-century literary field. More

Lic. phil. Simone Höhn

Simone Höhn studied Comparative Germanic Linguistics, English Literature and Popular Literature and Media at the University of Zurich. She is currently working as an assistant at the English Department and writing her PhD thesis on relationships in the novels of Samuel Richardson. More

Lic. phil. Michael Maupin

Michael Maupin is a doctoral student with Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen. He holds a Master’s degree in English literature from the University of Zurich as well as a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Connecticut. His dissertation is a study of the representation of blood in literature, film and television. More

Lic. phil. Frederik Martin

Frederik Martin studied English Literature and Linguistics as well as History at the University of Zürich. He is currently working on a PhD thesis on George Orwell's dystopian fiction under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Allen Reddick. In addition, he is studying to become a secondary school teacher and he teaches English part-time. More

Lic. phil. Lilly Stamp Bahadur

Lilly Stamp Bahadur studied history, English literature and Popular Literature at the University of Zurich. She received the Lizenziat in June 2007 and started her PhD the same summer under the supervision of Professor Allen Reddick. Her project is tentatively entitled " Constructing masculinity in the English comedy 1670-1760: Effeminizing irrationality" and focuses on the portrayal of masculinity in English comedies from 1670 to 1760. More

Lic. phil. Rahel Rivera Godoy-Benesch

Since 2011, Rahel Rivera Godoy has been a doctoral student of English Literature at the University of Zurich, holding the position of research assistant to Prof. Dr. Martin Heusser. In fall 2010, she graduated in English and Spanish Literature and Linguistics (Lizenziat), and her final paper was titled Caught in a Body of Words: Young and Old Artist-Protagonists in John Barth’s Short Fiction. Her current research project deals with narratives that portray aged artists, and it involves theories of late style, creativity, and autobiography. Her research interests include age studies, metafiction, the notion of genre, and spatiality. More

Dr. des. Michelle Dreiding

Michelle Dreiding is a research and teaching assistant at the English Department of the University of Zurich. She holds a Lizenziats degree in French and English Literature from the University of Zurich. Her research interests include narratives of trauma, psychoanalytical theory, theories of repetition, postmodern literature, and film. Michelle Dreiding has been teaching the BA introductory course Textual Analysis at the English Department at the University of Zurich since 2011 and is currently (fall 2012) co-teaching an undergraduate course entitled Embodied Minds. Further activities include the organization of the conference Precarious Bodies, to be held at the University of Zurich in November 2012, featuring keynote speakers Lesel Dawson (University of Bristol) and Joanne Winning (University of London, Birkbeck). Michelle Dreiding is currently working on her PhD thesis on Toni Morrison’s rewritings of American subjectivity. More

Lic. phil. Roland Seelentag

Roland Seelentag graduated from the University of Zurich in English, Film Studies and Art History in May 2011 and is now a doctoral candidate at the English Department of the University of Zurich. He is currently working on a dissertation on the representation of the Vietnam War in 'low-culture' texts, supervised by Prof. Dr. Martin Heusser. The research for said dissertation deals with fundamental concepts of culture analysis and how they are implemented in these low-culture texts. More

MA Deborah Frick

Deborah Frick has a B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics as well as German Literature from the University of Zurich and an M.A. in English Studies, Renaissance Studies from the University of Exeter. She is currently taking part in the PhD Program in English and American Literary Studies and is working on a PhD thesis on Authority and Authorship in Medieval and Seventeenth Century Women’s Visionary Writings. More

Lic. phil. Stefanie Strebel

Stefanie Strebel graduated from the University of Zurich in autumn 2009 with a Lizenziat/MA in English Language and Literature, Mass Communication and Geography, and is currently writing her PhD thesis at the English Seminar under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Martin Heusser. Her research focuses on the representation of the rise and fall of American suburbia in literature and the visual arts since the 1920s. In addition, she works as an editor and web publisher for an architectural website and online magazine. More

MA Sabin Jeanmaire

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Sabin Jeanmaire holds both a BA (2010) and an M.A. (2013) degree in English Literature and Linguistics, as well as Spanish Literature and Linguistics, from the University of Zurich. She completed parts of her BA studies at the University of Valencia, Spain, and parts of her MA studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her research interests include metafiction, adaptation, and psychoanalytic criticism. She wrote her MA thesis on metafictional elements in Ian McEwan’s Atonement, and is now working on her doctoral thesis on the Canadian author Timothy Findley, focusing on the topics of trauma and witnessing in his oeuvre. More

MA Hannah Schoch

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Hannah Schoch holds a BA in English Language and Literature, Film Studies, and Philosophy and an MA in English Literature and Gender Studies from the University of Zurich. In 2011, she spent two terms at the University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, reading American Literature and Shakespeare. She wrote her MA thesis on early American (Puritan) women writers entitled On the Domestic Front: America's Writing Mothers. A Puritan Triptych: Anne Bradstreet, Mary Rowlandson, Abigail Adams. More 

MA Lisann Anders

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Lisann Anders is a teaching and research assistant at the English Department of the University of Zurich. She is currently working on her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Barbara Straumann and Elisabeth Bronfen. Lisann holds an M.A. in Screenwriting from the National University of Ireland Galway. She also studied English Literature and Linguistics, Media & Communication as well as History at the University of Zurich, receiving her M.A. in 2015. While her M.A. thesis analyzed friend relations in Shakespeare, her PhD work focuses on American studies, in particular imagined crimes within the borders of the city. More

MA Stella Castelli

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Stella Castelli holds a BA in English Literature and Linguistics and Theory and History of Photography as well as an MA in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Zurich. Currently she is the coordinator of the English Department's Doctoral Program in English and American Literary Studies. She wrote her MA thesis on Aestheticized Representations of Death in American Literature and Film exploring repressions of death and their symptomatic reappearance in contemporary American culture. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis furthering her research within this field. More

MA Lyutsiya Staub

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Lyutsiya Staub studied English Literature and Linguistics, Spanish Literature and Linguistics and Art History, receiving her BA (2009) at Moscow State Lomonosov University (completing parts of her BA studies at the University of Copenhagen, DIS Programme, Denmark) and Lizentiat/MA (2013) at the University of Zurich. She is currently writing her PhD thesis at the English Seminar under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Martin Heusser. Her research focuses on the re-presentation and re-interpretation of Impressionist figure paintings in contemporary art fiction. She is also completing the Teaching Diploma for Secondary Education and Matura Schools (completing parts of it at the UCL Institute of Education, London, England). In addition, she works as an ELT Consultant at Macmillan Education (Macmillan Publishers). More

MA Olivia Tjon-A-Meeuw

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BA in English Language and Literature in 2013 from the University of Zurich, with a minor in Modern History.
MA in English Literature in 2015 from the University of Zurich, with minors in English Language and Gender Studies. More

Lic. phil. Murièle Sarah Weber

Murièle Weber graduated from the University of Zurich in 2014 with a Lizentiat/MA in English Language and Literature, Film Studies and Popular Literature. She wrote her Lizentitat thesis about the process of identity formation and the representation of the night in films titled: “Formations of Identity in the Night in Collateral, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Se7en.” She is writing for the Züritipp and the NZZ am Sonntag about film, music, theatre and culture. More

MA Pascal Sigg

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Pascal Sigg holds a B.A  in Communication from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and a B.A. in English Languages and Literatures from the University of Bern. From the University of Zurich, he obtained an M.A. degree with his thesis titled The Responders: The Sincere Narrative Nonfiction of David Foster Wallace and George Saunders. Sigg is a freelance journalist and writer and a founding editor at Coup Magazin, a digital-only publication devoted to longform journalism stories about Switzerland. More

MA Serge Müller

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Serge Müller obtained his B.A. degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Neuchâtel, after also studying abroad at the University of Utah. He went on to receive his M.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Zurich for his thesis “(Un)Common Words for (Un)Common Things: Satire and Irony in Samuel Johnson’s ‘Life of Swift’.” More

 

MA Carmen Brack

Carmen Brack is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program in English and American Literary Studies and working on her PhD thesis under Prof. Dr. Barbara Straumann. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature and Popular Culture Studies, as well as an MA in English Literature and General and Comparative Literature from the University of Zurich. Her MA thesis cross-mapped two fin-de-siècles by comparing utopian impulses in the scientific Romance of the Nineteenth century to the alternative history in Steampunk novels. More

MA Rebekka Nordmann

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Rebekka Nordmann holds both a BA (2015) and MA (2017) in English Literature and Linguistics and History from the University of Zurich. Her MA thesis entitled “Transgressing Frontiers in Nineteenth-Century American Literature – Nature, Civil War, and Women’s Rights” focused on reading the frontier not only as the westward movement of a nation but also as a social movement key to the tumultuous 19th-century America. She is currently working on her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen, analyzing the depiction of glass in American literature. More

MA Alan Mattli

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Alan Mattli holds a BA in English Literature and Linguistics, Film Studies, and Swiss History as well as an MA in English Literature and Linguistics and Film Studies, both from the University of Zurich. He is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program in English and American Literary Studies, developing his MA thesis, “Anything for the Truth.Detective Fiction and Reality from Poe to Postmodernism, into a doctoral thesis. His research, supervised by Prof. Dr. Martin Heusser, focuses on the detective genre and its changing conceptions of reality and fixed social hierarchies over time. More

MA Stefan Buttliger

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Stefan Buttliger holds a BA in German, English and Sanskrit from the Universities of Zurich and Aberdeen and an MA in German and English from the University of Zurich. His MA thesis entitled Eckhart liest Eckhart: Zur Reflexion des Verstehens in den deutschen Predigten („Eckhart reads Eckhart: on the reflexion of understanding in the German sermons“) explores Meister Eckhart’s strategies when reflecting the paradox that his sermons posit an all-encompassing unity and yet presuppose a subject which reads and understands them. More

 

 

Further PhD Projects

Name E-mail address Supervisor Working title
Binder, Sabine sabine.binder@gmx.ch T. Steffen / E. Bronfen Female Figures in Contemporary South African Crime Fiction: A Feminist Analysis of Genre Fiction in a Transitional Society
Bogliani, Stella stellabogliani@ticino.com M. Heusser Identity, Gender and the Encounter with the West: Novels by Arab Women Writers in English
Ehrensperger, Peter pehr@goldnet.ch M. Heusser American Myths in the Fiction of Kurt Vonnegut
Ilmberger, Frances f.ilmberger@es.uzh.ch E. Bronfen Writings on Bodies in the Works of Jeanette Winterson
Müller, Tina ti.mueller@gmx.net E. Bronfen Bildung durch Bilder, Images and Perspective in 'Middlemarch' and 'The Portrait of a Lady'
Nyffenegger, Sara Deborah

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sara.nyffenegger@es.uzh.ch A. Esterhammer Charlotte Brontë and the Negotiation of Gendered Capital