Stella Castelli is the coordinator of the English Department's Doctoral Program in English and American Literary Studies. She 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. 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. Further research interests include American cultural studies, film and the serial as well as literary and cultural theory.
PhD Project: Death is Served: American Recipes for Murder - A Serial Compulsion
Within the American cultural imaginary we find numerous different versions of death, the dying and the corpse in decay represented throughout the history of the New World. These representations are sometimes part of the supernatural realm, sometimes gruesome, sometimes subject to a deadly agency and other times utterly grotesque, but always aestheticized. This constant aestheticization may be seen as a symptom of American exceptionalism – a concept which elevates the individual to a state of the extraordinary and, by extension dismisses not only the individual’s eventual demise in the form of traumatic repression but further repudiates death in its universality. As a result, relentless renegotiations of death are assumed in the form of performative repetition bearing a spark of false hope, a delusion of a possible means of compromise, the illusion of immortality. Within the history of the American culture these manifold representations have manifested themselves in a number of different forms, which is what I wish to explore further.
- Fall 2020 / Spring 2021: Textual Analysis (BA Seminar - basic module)
- Fall 2020: Pilot Project - Digital Storytelling and Audiovisual Essays
- Spring 2020: Recipes for Murder (BA Seminar)
- Fall 2019 / Spring 2020: Textual Analysis (BA Seminar - basic module)
- Fall 2019: Pilot Project - Digital Storytelling and Audiovisual Essays
- Spring 2019: Ethics of Revenge (BA Seminar)
- Fall 2018 / Spring 2019: Textual Analysis (BA Seminar - basic module)
- Spring 2018: The Murderous Feminine (BA Seminar)
- Fall 2017 / Spring 2018: Textual Analysis (BA Seminar - basic module)
- Spring 2017: Disturbia (BA Seminar)
Rhetoric and Figurative Language. English Literature: Textual Analysis. October 15, 2019. ES UZH.
Methodenseminar: Einführung in die kulturwissenschaftlichen Methoden - Film. March 31, 2020. University of Lucerne.
Methodenseminar: Einführung in die kulturwissenschaftlichen Methoden - Film. March 22, 2018. University of Lucerne.
"The Family that Slays Together, Stays Together: Santa Clarita Diet and the Carnivalesque Reinterpretation of the Traditional Zombie" Paper presented at PAMLA Conference 2019. San Diego, 14-17 November 2019.
"I am Dead, Yet I Live: Twin Peaks as a Tale Enabled by Absent Female Bodies" Paper presented at PAMLA Conference 2018. Western Washington University, 09-11 November 2018.
"Vengeance is Served: Tarantino's Kill Bill saga as a Reconfiguration of the Traditional Cooking Show". Paper presented at SANAS Conference 2018: The Genres of Genre. University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 02-03 November 2018.
"The Serial Tragedy - Twin Peaks and the Disrupted Community" Paper presented at the SANAS Conference 2016: American Communities: Between the Popular & Political. University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland, 04-05 November 2016.
"Zur Ausdifferenzierung der Albernheit: Von verstörenden Albernheiten - Momente der Ambivalenz". Inderdisziplinäre Tagung Albernheit, Zürich, 17 - 18 June 2016.
Talks & Workshops
I Spit On Your Grave - Einführung zum Film. Royal Scandal Cinema. 20.02.2020.
"Of Other Spaces: The Place(s) of Literature". ES Allumni Colloquia. UZH, 27.08.2019.
EVIL DEAD II - Einführung zum Film. Filmstelle, 30.04.2018.
Macbeth - Einführung. Theater Winterthur, 12.12.2018.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Einführung zum Film. Filmstelle, 30.10.2018.
Truth in Venice - Workshop, presentation of PhD Project. Warwick in Venice, 05-08 September, 2018.
Questions of the Archive - BAA Summer School, presentation of PhD Project. Miami, University of Florida, 02-10 June, 2018.
The Materialities of American Culture - CUSO Workshop, presentation of PhD Project. University of Berne, 15-16 September, 2017.
“Horror Chicks and Humorous Flicks: The Subversion of the Traditional Horror Film in the Horror-Comedy Psycho Beach Party”. In: Critical Approaches to the Horror Comedy Film, forthcoming.
“Brains à la Mode: iZombie and the Reinterpretation of the Traditional Zombie as Subject”. In: I’m Already Dead: Essays on the CW’s iZombie and Vertigo’s iZombie. McFarland, forthcoming.
“The Reality of Text is Manifold – Performances of Writerliness in Supernatural’s “The Real Ghostbusters”. In: Breaking out of the Box: Critical Essays on the Cult TV Show Supernatural. McFarland, 2020.
“In the Future I Will Love Her, the Wife of Stepford”. CINEMA #63 – das Filmjahrbuch. Schüren, 2018.
"The Hitch-Hiker". In Ida Lupino. Bertz und Fischer Verlag, 2018.
"It's All Fun and Games Until the Laughter Ceases - The Fine Line Between Horror and Humor". In VARIATIONS - Humor/humour/humour, Verlag Peter Lang AG, 2017.
"Freddy and Jason - Their New Full-Length Feature". horror homeroom special issue no1. 2020.
"The Future is Violet - and Female". fempop blog ultra violet issue. 2018.
June 28-29, 2019. Workshop: Visual Essays & Digital Storytelling with Björn Melhus and Prof. Dr. Richard Dienst. ES UZH.
March 28, 2019. Workshop: Democracy in America with Prof Dr. Heike Paul. Presentation of PhD Project. ES UZH.
October 12-13, 2018. Workshop: Cultural Memory, (P)Remediation and the 'Afterlives' of Literature. With Prof. Dr. Astrid Erll. Presentation of PhD Project. ES UZH.
May 11, 2018. Workshop: Persona Studies with Prof. Dr. Mandy Merck and Prof. Dr. David P Marshall. Presentation of PhD Project. ES UZH.
November 24-25, 2017. Workshop: American Domesticity. With Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, Prof. Dr. Katja Kanzler and Dr. Katharina Gerund. Presentation of PhD Project. ES UZH.
November 3-4, 2017. Workshop: Visual Essays. With Prof. Dr. Richard Dienst. ES UZH.
March 10-11, 2017. Workshop: Literature and Violence. With Dr. Pavan Malreddy. Presentation of PhD Project. ES UZH.