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English Department

Beatrice Montedoro

Beatrice Montedoro, Dr.

  • Teaching and Research Assistant in English Literature
  • Assistant Prof. Dr. Isabel Karremann
+41 44 634 36 84
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during the semester Mondays, 15-16


Publications            Research Projects          Teaching

I hold a DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford, and a BA in English and Art History and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, where I wrote a thesis on the dramatisation of witchcraft in early modern drama under the guidance of Professor Lukas Erne. In 2013 I was awarded the Berrow Foundation Scholarship and in 2018 a ‘Mobility.doc’ scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, thanks to which I was able to fund my doctoral research at Lincoln College, University of Oxford, where I wrote my doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Adam Smyth (and previously Prof. Tiffany Stern) on the reception of early modern English drama in the first half of the seventeenth century. In February 2020 I joined the research team of Professor Isabel Karremann as a postdoctoral researcher in early modern English literature at UZH. Being part of this team is a unique opportunity, as it allows me to develop my own research interests in theatre history, book history, manuscript and print culture, but also to utilise my experience in material culture and digital humanities. 

I currently teach at the University of Zürich Englisches Seminar on a variety of topics in the early modern period, with a specific focus on early modern drama and intermediality (looking at theatre performance, film, illustration, paintings, and photography), material culture (book history and theatre history) and cognitive and affect theories. I am also responsible for organizing and leading the yearly excursion “Shakespeare Week” in London and Stratford-upon-Avon. 

For the first-year compulsory course on textual analysis I teach BA students how to read poetry, short-stories, novels and drama using texts from a variety of periods and authors (such as Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, Marvell, Milton, Aphra Behn, Blake, Wordsworth, Mary Shelley, Browning, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Auden, William Carlos Williams) using a variety of critical theories and concepts (especially structuralism and post-structuralism, intertextuality and transtextuality, Lotman’s notions of the semiosphere and the boundary, the uncanny, heterotopia, feminist and queer theories, psychoanalysis, and post-colonial theory). 

I have also been teaching courses specifically designed for online teaching, such as an MA colloquium teaching paleography and encoding skills, combining my passion for material culture and digital humanities. I often support my teaching with the use of digital resources, and in order to promote further the use of such tools in the classroom I have organized an online workshop called ZEMORS (Zürich Early Modern Online Resources Seminar) that takes places every semester and is open to interested students and researchers in Switzerland and beyond. In 2020 I was awarded the “Teacher of the Hour” accolade by UZH students for my online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As well as teaching BA and MA modules in English literature, I supervise undergraduate and master’s theses and act as examiner for the reading list exams. Here is a list of thesis topics supervised: “‘It likes riddles, praps it does, does it?’: Negotiating Social Dynamics in Literary Riddle Contests” (2023); “Magic and Agency: Problematic Moments of Revenge and Love in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream andThe Tempest (2022); “Raising Awareness with Insults: Sociopolitical Battles in The Taming of the Shrew and Hamlet” (2021). The following is an exhaustive list of my future and past teaching:

Future teaching: ‘Poet, Preacher, Lover: John Donne's Multiple Identities’, BA seminar (spring 2024). 

Past teaching: ‘The Material Environments of Early Modern Drama’, MA seminar; ‘How to read Dramatic Personae and Dramatic Space’, Textual Analysis lecture; ‘Shakespeare Week’, BA excursion; ‘From the Archives to Digital Database: Encoding Early Modern Manuscript Texts’, MA colloquium (online); ‘Shakespeare and Visual Culture’, BA seminar; ‘Performing Shakespeare’, BA colloquium (online); ‘Reading and Writing Early Modern Plays’, BA seminar (online).

Weiterführende Informationen

Early Modern Team Webpage


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