Mark Ittensohn

Mark Ittensohn, Dr. des.

Research and Teaching Assistant

Phone: +41 (0)44 634 36 84

Curriculum vitae

Dr. des. Mark Ittensohn is a research and teaching assistant in English Literature. He holds an MA in English Literature and Linguistics, Comparative Literature and General History from the University of Zurich. In 2018, he successfully defended his dissertation on genre and mediality in early-nineteenth-century Britain (supervised by Prof. Dr. Angela Esterhammer and Prof. Dr. Allen Reddick). He has been the recipient of a full two year research fellowship from the University of Zurich (Forschungskredit), and of a one year Doc.Mobility grant awarded by the SNF (2015). He has also been a sponsored participant at the 2012 Summer School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. Besides conducting research, Mark also teaches at the English Department of the University of Zurich and serves on the editorial committee of Variations, a journal of comparative literature published by Peter Lang.

Mark’s research interests include British and American Romanticism, genre theory, the sociology of literature, facets of intermediality, specifically the intersection between writing and orality, as well as print culture and book history.



"'Christening amphibious productions': The Emergence of the Modern Short Story Cycle in Late Romantic Britain", in: Constructing Coherence in the Contemporary British Short Story Cycle. Eds. Florian Kläger and Patrick Gill. Routledge. (forthcoming in 2018).

"Selbstreflexivität in Achim von Arnims Erzählwerk: Überlegungen zur medialen Buchkultur im frühen neunzehnten Jahrhundert", in: ​Achim von Arnim: Novellen, Isabella von Ägypten. Kaiser Karl des Fünften Erste Jugendliebe. Briefe. Ed. Alexander Markin. Moskau: Ladomir. Translated into Russian by Alexander Markin. (forthcoming in 2017)

"Fictionalizing the Romantic Marketplace: Self-Reflexivity in the Early-Nineteenth-Century Frame Tale." Victoriographies 7:1 (2017).

"A Story Telling and a Story Reading Age": Textuality and Sociability in the Romantic Frame Tale." Studies in Romanticism 55:3 (2016). 393-416.

"Romanticism and the Beyond of Language: Frye and the Wordsworthian Imitation of the Point of Epiphany", in: Educationg the Imagination: Northrop Frye, Past, Present, and Future. Eds. Alan Bewell, Neil ten Kortenaar and Germaine Warkentin. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2015. 147-163.



With Roxane Barras and Simone Höhn (eds.). Variations 24: Ursprünge/Origines/Origins. Bern: Peter Lang, 2016.



BA Seminars

  • The Ballad: Scandal and Protest from Ossian to Bob Dylan (2018)
  • Literature in the Transatlantic World, 1785-1835 (2017)
  • Poets, Radicals, Unsex'd Females (2017)
  • The Epiphany in the Literary Imagination: from the Bible to James Joyce (2016)
  • Romantic Revolutions (2014)
  • Textual Analysis (2012-2018)


Consultation hours: Fri 4.00 - 5.30 p.m.