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English Department

Mansi Tiwari

Mansi Tiwari, M.A.

  • Teaching and Research Assistant to Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen

Mansi Tiwari is a research and teaching assistant at Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen’s Chair of English and American Studies at the University of Zurich. She holds a BA in English Literature and Linguistics, Comparative Literature Studies, and Banking and Finance, as well as an MA in English Literature and Linguistics and Economic History, both from the University of Zurich. Next to her academic interests, Mansi has worked in communications and journalism and has participated in theatre and short film projects.

PhD Project

Mansi is currently developing her PhD project, tentatively titled “Beyond the Human Eye: Seeing Subjects in the 21st Century”, focusing on the emergence of new ways of seeing in contemporary media. Within the field of visual studies, her dissertation is interested in examining the new parameters that define vision, visuality, and the seeing subject in 21st century media. By placing literary texts and films in conversation, this dissertation aims to infer the epistemological boundaries of new scopic regimes.   

Talks and Publications


"The Object Looks Back: Paraesthetic Vision in Portrait de La Jeune Fille En Feu and Optic Nerve". A Driving Force: On the Rhetoric of Images and Power. Quaderni di Venezia Arti, vol. 7, 2023, pp.  263-277.

Lectures and Talks

"The Object Looks Back: (Re-)Situating Vision in Optic Nerve and Portrait de la jeune fille en feu." A Driving Force: On the Rhetoric of Images and Power Conference, Ca' Foscari University of Venice. October 6, 2023.

"Beyond the Intermedial Gap: Ekphrasis in Fan Fiction.” Interdisciplinary Fan Fiction Workshop, University of Zurich. February 15, 2020.

Event Organization

“Is Climate Change Humanity's Epic Fail? Blade Runner 2049, an Epic of the Anthropocene.” Guest lecture and workshop with Pablo A Marca (Brown University). December 10, 2022.

"Rules of the Father: Fatherhood, Masculinity, and the Ruins of Neoliberalism in The Last of Us." Guest lecture by Prof. J. Jesse Ramírez (University of St. Gallen). October 25, 2021.

"Seriality and Digital Media." Virtual guest lecture and Workshop with Prof. Shane Denson (Stanford University). October 12, 2021.

“Shareland Doctoral Colloquium”. Organized by the Chair of Architecture and Urban Design (ETH Zurich). April 6, 2019.


  • FS 2024: Advanced Research Internship: Character Networks and Literary Analysis (with M. Mühlheim; K. Robe)
  • HS 2023 / FS 2024: English Literature: Textual Analysis (Group 3)
  • HS 2022: BA Seminar: The Epic through the Ages – The Genealogy of a Genre
  • HS 2022 / FS 2023: English Literature: Textual Analysis (Group 8)
  • FS 2022: BA Seminar: Ways of Seeing: The Poetics of Visuality
  • HS 2021 / FS 2022: English Literature: Textual Analysis (Group 1)
  • HS 2020 / FS 2021: English Literature: Textual Analysis (Group 4, 9)


You are welcome to email Mansi with any questions or arrange for office hours at