Nicole Frey co-edited

Ø    Frey, Nicole, Thomas Hunkeler, Sabina Müller, Thomas Stein, eds. Monumente. Variations 11. Bern et al.: Lang, 2003

and wrote the following reviews

Ø    “The Politics of Tragedy.”  Review of: Terry Eagleton. Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003. In: Variations 10 (2003): 249-250.

Ø    “The Search for the Holy Grail.” Review of: Margaret Atwood. Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. In: Variations 10 (2003): 248-249.

Ø    “Flucht oder Utopie? – Auf der Suche nach einem anderen Leben.” Review of: Mary W. Shelley und Percy B. Shelley. Flucht aus England: Reiseerinnerungen und Briefe 1814-1816. Herausgegeben und aus dem Englischen übersetzt von Alexander Pechmann. Hamburg, Genf und Friesland: Achilla-Presse-Verlagsbuchhandlung, 2002. In: Variations 11 (2003): 186-187.

Ø    “Tomorrow’s Leading (Wo-)Men of British Fiction.” Review of: Ian Jack (ed.). “Best of Young British Novelists 3.” Granta 81, 2003. In: Variations 11: 194-195.

Jürgen Grandt gave the following presentations

Ø    "Rhythm-A-Ning: Swing as Structural Device in Ann Petry’s The Street." 2003 Convention of the Modern Language Association of America (MLA), San Diego, CA. 29 Dec. 2003.

Ø    "'Swing It, Sister': Jazz Time in Ann Petry's The Street." Sixty-third Annual Convention of the College Language Association (CLA), Howard University, Washington, D.C. 26 April 2003.

Ø    "Sax, Lies, and Literature: Sidney Bechet's Jazz Narrative." Invited talk, Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. March 20, 2003.

and published the following articles:

Ø    "'Might be what you like, till you hear the words': Joyce in Zürich and the Contrapuntal Language of Ulysses." Joyce Studies Annual (2003).

Ø    "Moving On Up: Alain Locke and the Telos of African American Culture." South Atlantic Review 68.1 (2003): 4-14 [lead article].

Ø    "The Spirit that Produces Homes: Rooms of Enclosure in Jessie Redmon Fauset's Plum Bun." Langston Hughes Review 16.1&2 (1999-2001): 53-70.

Franziska Gygax was appointed

Ø    “Titularprofessorin“ at the University of Basel in April 2003.

She published

Ø    “Life Writing, Illness, and the Body: ‘My Urgencies Reflect my Priorities’” in The Controversial Women’s Body: Images and Representations in Literature and Art. Ed. Vita Fortunati, Annamaria Lamarra, and Eleonora Federici. Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2004

and gave the following presentation

Ø    “Narrating Illness as Autobiography and Theory.” Conference on “Narrating Gender: Texte, Medien, Episteme” at the University of Greifswald, Germany, September 18-20, 2003 (to be published in Narrating Gender: Texte, Medien, Episteme. Eds. Sigrid Nieberle and Elisabeth Strowick. De Gruyter)

Hartwig Isernhagen published

Ø    "Of Deserts and Gardens: The Southwest in Literature and Art, 'Native' and 'White'--The example of Leslie Silko and Georgia O'Keeffe." Literature and the Visual Arts in 20th-Century America, ed. Michele Bottalico. Bari: Palomar eupalinos, 2003 [©2002]. 173-187.

Ø    "Dominance, subdominance, survival: The middle ground as interpretive paradigm." Berichten - Erzählen - Beherrschen: Wahrnehmung und Repräsentation in der frühen Kolonialgeschichte Europas, ed. S. Burghartz, M. Christadler, D. Nolde. Zeitsprünge: Forschungen zur Frühen Neuzeit 7.2/3 (2003), 179-199.

Ø    “From Identity to Exchange? Some Remarks on the Discursive Construction of Ethno-Cultural Difference in American Indian Writing and on Leslie Marmon Silko's Gardens in the Dunes.” Imaginary (Re-)Locations: Tradition, Modernity, and the Market in Contemporary Native American Literature, ed. Helmbrecht Breinig. ZAA Studies 18. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 2003. 107-137.

Ø    "Mourning as a Creative Strategy: The Native American Renaissance and the Reconstruction of Home as a Type of Diaspora." Cultural Encounters in the New World: Literatur- und kulturwissensschaftliche Beiträge zu kulturellen Begegnungen in der Neuen Welt, ed. Harald Zapf & Klaus Lösch. Mannheimer Beiträge zur Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft 59. Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2003. 281-299.

He reports that

Ø    Ahmoo Angeconeb, Canadian First Nations artist, gave a talk at Basel on the preservation of traditional knowledge in contemporary media, on Nov. 17, 2003.

Christina Ljungberg published

Ø    — and Winfried Nöth, eds. The Crisis of Representation: Semiotic Foundations and Manifestations in Culture and the Media. [Special Issue] Semiotica 143. 1-4 (2003).

Ø    — and Winfried Nöth. Preface and Introduction. The Crisis of Representation: Semiotic Foundations and Manifestations in Culture and the Media. [Special Issue] Semiotica 143.1-4 (2003): 1-7.

Ø    “Diagrams in Narrative: Visual Strategies in Contemporary Fiction”. From Sign to Signing. Iconicity in Language and Literature 3, eds. Wolfgang G. Müller and Olga Fischer. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: Benjamins, 2003. 185-201.

Ø    “Cartography and Fiction: Spatial Strategies in Late Medieval and Early Modern Fiction”. Iconicity, ed. Jeff Bernard. [Special Issue] European Journal for Semiotic Studies 15.2-4 (2003): 425-444.

Ø    “Constructing New ‘Realities’: The Performative Function of Maps in Contemporary Fiction”. Representing Realities: Essays on American Literature, Art and Culture, ed. Bevery Maeder. Tübingen: Gunter Narr, Series  SPELL 16 (2003). 159-176.

Ø    “Meeting the Cultural Other: Semiotic Approaches to Intercultural Communication”. Studies in Communication Science 3.2 (2003): 59-77.

Ø    “Bildsprache – Visualisierung – Diagrammatik”. Zeitschrift für Semiotik 25.1 (2003) (in press).

Ø    “Iconicity in Language and Literature”. Zeitschrift für Semiotik 25.2 (2003) (in press).

She gave a paper on

Ø    “Photographs in Narrative”, at the Fourth International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature, in Louvain-la- Neuve, March 27-29 2003. (Forthcoming in Iconicity in Language and Literature 4,  eds. Constantino Maeder and William J. Herlofsky. Amsterdam and Philadelphia).

Ø    "Spatial Strategies in Contemporary Fiction," at the SAUTE AGM conference in Neuchâtel, May 2003

and a guest lecture

Ø    “Meeting the Cultural Other: Semiotic Approaches to Intercultural Communication” in April 2003 at the USI (Università della Svizzera Italiana) in Lugano (forthcoming in Studies in Communication Sciences).

Sämi Ludwig was

Ø    a guest professor of American studies at the University of Graz during the summer semester 2003.

and is currently

Ø    a guest professor at the Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse.

He published

Ø    “Thin Pluralism: Some Observations on American Multiculturalism.” REAL. Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature 19 (2003): 225-45.

and gave the following papers

Ø    “Piloting in the Stream of Reality: Mark Twain and William James.” Stemming the Mississippi (Université Paris 7). Paris, March 2003.

Deborah Madsen published

Ø    Deborah L. Madsen (ed.), Beyond the Borders: American Literature and Post-Colonial Theory (London: Pluto Press, 2003). Pp. 259. ISBN: 0-7453-2045-7 pb; 0-7453-2045-7 hb.

Ø    “American Exceptionalism and Multiculturalism: Myths and Realities,” Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature, ed. Beverly Maeder (Tubingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2003), pp. 177-188.

Ø    “Old Dogs, New Tricks: The New Technologies and the Structure of the Profession,” DLB Yearbook (2003). An edited version of the paper delivered at MLA December 2002.

She delivered the following papers in 2003:

Ø    January: Keynote Address: “Exceptionalism and Americanization” at the  “Teaching Americanization in the Humanities” conference, Department of Cultural Studies, University of Central Lancashire.

Ø    April: SANAS Spring Reading Group, introduced the discussion of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.

Ø    July: “Exceptionalist America and the Discourses of Frontier Violence: Larry McMurtry’s West” at the “Narrating Frontiers” conference, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Berlin.

Ø    August: “Technologies and Textuality: C&IT and English Studies” at the “The Condition of the Subject” conference, Senate House, University of London, organised by the English Subject Centre.

Ø    October:  “Chinese American Writers of the Real and the Fake: Authenticity and the Twin Traditions of Autobiography”, invited speaker of the Canadian Association for American Studies at their annual conference, “Authenticity and Contention”, University of Manitoba.

Ø    December: Two presentations at the MLA annual conference, San Diego “E-Teaching American Studies Internationally” and “Authenticity and Identity in American Ethnic Literatures” (panel organiser and Chair).

Ø    November: it was my great pleasure to host the “American Ethnicities” conference at the University of Geneva. This event was generously funded by SANAS and the Embassy of the United States of America, Berne.

Beverly Maeder published

Ø    Representing Realities: Essays on American Literature, Art, and Culture. SPELL 16. Ed. and intro. Beverly Maeder. Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2003.

Ø    "Beverly Maeder on Rhetoric and Hierarchy in Stevens." Wallace Stevens. Ed. Harold Bloom (Bloom's Major Poets.) Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2003. 49-54.

Max Nänny published

Ø    “Iconicitet.” In Intermedialitet. Ord, bild och ton I samspel. Ed. Hans Lund. Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2002. 131-38.

Ø    “The Use of Natural Objects as Symbols in Hemingway’s ‘Up in Michigan’”. North Dakota Quarterly (Hemingway in the Millenium). 68, 2 & 3 (2001): 49-58.

Ø    “Sprachliche Spiegelungen von Spiegelungen.” In Präsenz ohne Substanz: Beiträge zur Symbolik des Spiegels. Hrsg. Paul Michel. Zürich: Pano Verlag, 2003. 199-211.

and reviewed

Ø    Ernest Hemingway. Der Mensch. Der Schriftsteller. Das Werk. By Kurt Müller. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1999. The Hemingway Review 22, 1 Fall 2002: 131-134.

He presented the following papers

Ø    “Iconic Uses of Rhyme”, at the Fourth International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature, in Louvain-la- Neuve, March 27-29 2003. (Forthcoming in Iconicity in Language and Literature 4,  eds. Constantino Maeder and William J. Herlofsky. Amsterdam: Benjamins).

Ø    “Formal Mirroring in Literary Texts” at the conference Le mot come signe et come image: lieux et enjeux de l’iconicité linguistique, in Dijon, April 29-30 2003.

Robert Rehder published

Ø    “Williams and Moore: Wasps, a Gentian, and Real Toads.” Representing Realities: Essays on American Literature, Art, and Culture. Ed. Beverly Maeder. Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2003. 67-77.

and presented the following papers

Ø    “Wallace Stevens: The Motive for Metaphor.” Uppsala University, 22 April 2003

Ø    “Wallace Stevens: The Motive for Metaphor.” Lund University, 29 April 2003

Ø    “The Poetry of Ezra Pound.” Jagiellonian University, 27 May 2003

Ø    “Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams: Re-Seeing, Search and Discovery.” University of Salzburg. 26 October 2003

He was a visiting professor at Jagiellonian University (26-31 May 2003)

and gave the following poetry readings:

Ø    Uppsala University, 22 April 2003

Ø    Lund University, 28 April 2003

Ø    Jagiellonian University, 29 May 2003

Philip Schweighauser has completed his dissertation, Toward a History of Literary Acoustics: The Noises of American Literature, 1860-1980, in Basel

and found an assistantship with Karen Kilcup in Berne.

He published

Ø    "'Sound all around': Sonic Mysticism and Acoustic Ecology in Don DeLillo’s White Noise." Profils Américains(2003)

Ø    "Rauschende Kommunikationen und Kanalreiniger: Repräsentationen des Widerläufigen bei Howells, Toomer und Pynchon. Integrationen des Widerläufigen. Ed. Elke Huwiler and Nicole Wachter. Hamburg: LIT, 2003

Ø    "White Noise and the Web." Approaches to Teaching Don DeLillo's White Noise. Ed. Tim Engles and John Duvall. New York: MLA. (Forthcoming 2004)

Agnieszka Soltysik

Ø    has received her 2nd PhD in English from the University of Geneva for a thesis entitled "The Epistemology of the American Gothic," which is being considered for publication by The University of Iowa Press

and she gave a talk for the 3eme Cycle "The Senses of Life" in Fribourg on

Ø    "Spectacle and Gender Construction in the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers Musical Comedy Top Hat"

Barbara Straumann published

Ø    "'exactly the same over and over again': Serialität und Wiederholung bei Andy Warhol," Figurationen 4.2 (2003): 85-100.

and gave the following presentations

Ø    "Queen, Dandy, Diva: Eine Geschichte theatralischer Selbstentwürfe," Forum Mode / Popkultur, HKGZ Hochschule für Kunst und Gestaltung Zurich, Nachdiplom Gender Studies, June 6, 2003.

Ø    "Diva," Literarische Lesegesellschaft Aarau, October 31, 2003. [Together with Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen.]

From September 2002 to March 2003, she was a Visiting Scholar at SUNY Buffalo (Stipendium für angehende Forschende, Schweizerischer Nationalfond).