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English Department

Sophie Battell

Sophie Battell, Dr.

  • Senior Research and Teaching Assistant for English Literature
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I joined the University of Zurich in August 2021 as Senior Lecturer in English Literature, having worked previously at the University of Exeter.  I research early modern drama, particularly Shakespeare.  I am interested in critical theory, politics, and philosophy and how Shakespeare’s plays speak to our present moment.  My first book, On the Threshold: Hospitality in Shakespeare's Drama was published with Edinburgh University Press in August 2023 and examines concepts of home and belonging, immigration and social justice.   

In 2023/24 I am a Linda Hall Library Fellow, working on my second book, Sun Cultures in Early Modern England.  I am also currently writing a new editorial introduction to the Oxford World’s Classics Timon of Athens.  During the academic year 2022/23 I was a residential Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Amsterdam.  In 2022, I also held a Research Fellowship at the Edward Worth Library in Dublin.  While at the Edward Worth Library, I curated this print and digital exhibition: Fiery Bodies: Flame in Early Modern Culture. In 2021, I was nominated for a FAN Junior Researcher Award at the UZH.

I am broadly interested in the following fields and topics:

  • Early modern literature
  • Hospitality and immigration
  • The Sun
  • Critical theory
  • Economic criticism

As well as teaching BA and MA modules in English literature, I am first-year co-ordinator and convener of Textual Analysis.  I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate theses and act as examiner for the reading list exams.  I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an Educational Mentor for Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics).