Ridvan Askin

** published an essay on "Mneme, Anamnesis and Mimesis: The Function of Narrative in Paul Ricoeur's Theory of Memory." Remembering and Forgetting: Memory in Images and Texts. Ed. Wilfried Raussert et al. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2010. 31-46. (Reprint)

** gave a talk on "Difference and Identity in Richard Powers' The Echo Maker." International Conference: Ideas of Order--Narrative Patterns in the Novels of Richard Powers, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, 26-28 November 2010.

Thomas Austenfeld

** published the following essays:

-- "Genre, Voice, Identity: Nonfiction Prose and the Personal Essay." Colloquium Helveticum 40 (2009): 19-35.

-- "The Spinet and the Coffin: Katherine Anne Porter and the Art of Music." Mississippi Quarterly 62:1-2 (2009): 195-212.

-- "Kay Boyle." Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. <http://www.literatureencyclopedia.com/public/> DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405192446.2011.x

-- "German Contributions to American Literary Scholarship." American Literary Scholarship: An Annual 2008. Ed. David Nordloh. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010. 474-489.

** gave the following conference talks:

-- "Terrorism as Satire: America's Tacky Empire and Chuck Palahniuk's Pygmy." Presented at the conference "Terrorism through the Lens of Literary Epistemology: Historical Imagination and Narrative Practice," University of Fribourg, December 3, 2010.

-- "Pigs, Ghosts, and a Ship of  Fools: Modernist American Women Writers and Totalitarian Europe." Presented at the SAGVL Conference."Autoritäre Moderne / Modernité et Autorité" in Fribourg, Switzerland, October 8-9, 2010.

-- "The Voice of the Academic Writer: Nonfiction Essays and the Question of Authority."  Presented at the Conference of the European Association of English Studies (ESSE) in Torino, Italy,  August 25, 2010.

-- "Transcontinental Hemingway." Presented at the International Hemingway Conference Lausanne, Switzerland, June 29, 2010.

-- "The Age of Lowell and the Discontinuities of American Poetry." Invited Guest Lecture, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Brescia, Italy, March 20, 2010.

** co-organized (with Prof. Jens Herlth and Prof. Dimiter Daphinoff) of the international conference "Terrorism through the Lens of Literary Epistemology: Historical Imagination and Narrative Practice," Fribourg, December 2-4, 2010, sponsored by the SNF, the Staatssekretariat für Bildung und Forschung, and the Rectorate of the University of Fribourg

** co-ordinated guest lectures by

-- Prof. Diederik Oostdijk, Free University Amsterdam, November 10, 2010, with a presentation on "American Poetry of the Vietnam War."

-- Prof. Jewel Spears Brooker, Eckerd College, May 25-27, 2010, with a presentation on the early work of T.S. Eliot. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, Bern.

Joanne Chassot

** published an essay on "'Dusky Sally': La femme esclave entre histoire et fiction." A Contrario 14 (2010): 78-91.

** gave talks on

-- "Black Women Re-Visioning American History: The Ghost as Alternative Epistemology in the Works of Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor and Michelle Cliff."
"'Forever Young'? The Changing Images of America." EAAS Biennial Conference. Dublin. 27 March 2010.

-- "'voyage through death / to life upon these shores': Les fantômes du Passage du Milieu." Colloque de relève de la Formation Doctorale Interdisciplinaire, UNIL. Lausanne. 12 November 2010.

Francesca de Lucia

** completed her Ph.D. thesis at the University of Oxford

** published the following articles:

-- "Anthony Giardina as a Representative of the 'Renaissance' of Italian American Writing," in Writing America  into the Twenty-First Century: Essays on the American Novel, edited by Anne Marie Evans and Elizabeth Boyle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, May 2010.

-- "'Tell Me About Mathematics': The Representation of Science in Don DeLillo's Ratner's Star," Atti Accademia Pontaniana, 59,  2010.

** gave the following conference papers:

-- "'To Athens and Back': Spatial Shifts in Don DeLillo's Novels," delivered at the  BAAS Postgraduate Conference, University of Oxford, UK, 13 November 2010.

-- "'An Abrupt Impression of Familiarity': Ethnic Projection in Arthur Miller's Work," delivered at the Annual Conference of the Polish Association for American Studies," University of Lodz, Poland, 20-23 October 2010.

-- "Immigration, space and houses in Anthony Giardina's novels," delivered at the seventh MESEA conference, University of Pecs, Hungary, 16-20 June 2010.

-- "'Tell me about mathematics'": the representation of science in Don DeLillo's Ratner's Star," delivered at the  British Society for Literature and Science conference, University of Northumbria, 8-10 April 2010.

Mariacristina Natalia Bertoli

** was awarded

-- a two-year grant from the Swiss National Fund allocated in the form of an assistantship at the University of Fribourg

-- a grant from Mrs. Valerie Eliot for the attendance of the T.S. Eliot International Summer School (University of London, 9-18 July 2010).

** published

-- "Review of Ezra Pound. Language and Persona. Ed. by M. Bacigalupo and W. Pratt. Genova: Università degli studi di Genova, 2008." Paideuma 36 (2007-2009): 235-38.  

-- "I silenzi rivelatori. Lettura psicoanalica di La neve era sporca di Georges Simenon." Versants  57.2 (2010): 183-96.

-- "The Borderland of Prosody: Theory and Practice of Horizontverschmelzung in Poetic Translation." Translating America: Importing, Translating, Misrepresenting, Mythicizing, Communicating America. Proceedings of the 20thAISNA Biennial Conference. Ed. M. Camboni, A. Carosso and S. Di Loreto. Torino: Otto Editore, 2010: 123-29.

-- "Boston-New York: Un coast-to-coast poetico." Bloc Notes 59 (Sept. 2010): 35-147. (Anthology of thirty poems by contemporary American authors translated into Italian.)

** gave a guest lecture on "Inception and Deception: An Insight into the Composition of Poetry"; guest lecture given at the University of Turku (Finland) and co-hosted by the departments of Comparative Literature (Prof. Pirjo Ahokas) and Creative Writing (Prof. Nina Repo) on Dec. 14, 2010.

** gave a conference talk on "The Taming of the Creole: Colonial and/or Marital Servitude in Wide Sargasso Sea";ba  seminar paper given at the ESSE Conference 10 (University of Torino, Italy, 24-28 Aug. 2010).  

Franziska Gygax

** published "Life Writing and Illness: Auto/Bio/Theory by Eve Sedgwick, Jackie  Stacey, and Jill Bolte Taylor." Prose Studies. Routledge. 31.3 (2009): 291-299.

** gave the following conference talks:

-- "Life (Beyond) Writing: Illness Narratives." International conference on "Life Writing in Europe: Founding Conference IABA Europe." VU University Amsterdam, 29-31 October 2009.

-- "Moments of Recovery: Life Writing and Illness" (on "neuro narratives" by Siri Hustvedt The Shaking Woman: A History of My Nerves (2010) and Jill Bolte Taylor's My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey (2008). The International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) Conference 2010": "Life Writing and Intimate Publics" in Brighton, University of Sussex (June 28-July 1).

** participated in a roundtable panel on "Literature and Medicine: The State of the Field 2010" together with: David Shuttleton (University of Glasgow), Stephan Besser (University of Amsterdam), and Gavin Budge (University of Hertfordshire). 6th European Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts: "Textures" in Riga, Stockholm School of Economics (June 15-19, 2010)

** was appointed Member of the Advisory Board of the new E-Journal "Life Writing in Europe together with Alfred Hornung (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz), Lisbeth Larsson (Gothenburg University), Philippe Lejeune (L'Association pour l'autobiographie et le Patrimoine Autobiographique, France).

Fritz Gysin

** gave a lecture on "Beyond the Post-Soul Aesthetic: Possible Developments in African American Fiction" on the occasion of the 60th birthday of Maria Diedrich, former President of CAAR. University of Münster, April 30, 2010.

Hartwig Isernhagen

** gave papers on

-- "Authority and Negativity: Henry Adams, Thorstein Veblen, John Dos Passos" at the April 24, 2010 meeting of the "Interuniversitäre Arbeitsgruppe" of SGAVL, the Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft

-- "Prurience and Exploitation: Literary Reflections on/of the Modernist Eye" at the joint annual conference of SANAS and AAAS in Innsbruck

Elizabeth Kaspar-Aldrich

** published an essay on "Satan in the New World: Reflections on Presence" in After Satan: Essays in Honor of Neil Forsyth, ed. Kirsten Stirling and Martine Dutheil de la Rochère. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2010.

Christina Ljungberg

** co-edited (with Jac Conradie, Ronel Johl, Marthinus Beukes and Olga Fischer) Signergy.: Iconicity in Language and Literature 9. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins,  2010.

** published the following articles:

-- "Performative Strategies in Intermedial Art." Media Borders, Multimodality and Intermediality. Ed. Lars Elleström. Ed. L. Elleström et al. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 81-96.

-- "Diagrammatic Figurations as Textual Performance." Signergy: Iconicity in Language and Literature 9 Ed.  J. Conradie, R. Johl, M. Beukes, C. Ljungberg and O. Fischer. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2010. 47-72.

-- "Mapping practices for different geographies." Mapping Different Geographies. Ed. K. Kriz, W. Cartwright and L. Hurni. Heidelberg: Springer, 2010. 37-53.

** taught two master classes at the University of Amsterdam and ASCA, on

-- "Literary Geogrpahies" on 9 February, 2010

-- "Narrativity and Visuality" on 11 February, 2010.

** gave the following talks:

-- Potsdam, 18 February 2010. "Taking the Line for a Walk." Talk given at the "Linien-workshop Potsdam" at the FH Potsdaj, 18-19 February 10§0, invited by Dr. Birgit Schneider.

-- Berlin, 12 June 2010. "Maps from Nowhere." Talk given at the conference "Bilder vom Nirgendwo" 10-12 June at the FU Berlin in the Excellence Cluster project Topoi, The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations, invited by Dr. Janne Arp and Jan Wöpking.

-- Linnaeus University (Campus Växjö), 7 October 2010. "Virtual Time and Space in Media," 7-9 October 2010.  Symposium at the Forum for Intermediality Studies (IMS), invited by Prof. Lars Elleström.

Sämi Ludwig

** published "'In Adam's Fall / We Sinned All': Puritan Writing and American Interiority." Diffusion de l'écrit / Spreading the Written Word. Eds. Anne Bandry-Scubbi and Jean-Jacques Chardin. Revue de la Société d'Etudes Anglo-Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles Hors Série n°2 (2010): 65-83.

** gave talks on

-- "The Sin of Perceptualism; or: The 'Long Modernism' and Why I am Glad It's Over (Soon)." The Visual Culture of Modernism. 37th International Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies in Collaboration With the Swiss Association for North American Studies. Innsbruck, November 2010.

-- "Ishmael Reed on 80's Neoliberalism." American Studies Symposium To Honor of Emory Elliott: American Literary History in a New Key. SSASAA - Salzburg Seminar American Studies Alumni Association. Salzburg, September 2010.

-- "Currencies and Realities: Capitalism, Formalism, American Studies." Invited Keynote Speaker. East-West Cultural Passage Conference: American Studies Reconsidered. Fulbright Conference, Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania. April 2010.

** organized two conferences:

-- Sixth Trinational EUCOR MA Students Conference (participants from Basle, Freiburg/Br., Mulhouse, and Strasbourg). Mulhouse, December 2010.

-- Third Trinational EUCOR PhD Students Conference (participants from Basle, Freiburg/Br., Mulhouse, and Strasbourg). Mulhouse, December 2010.

Deborah Madsen

** published an essay collection on Native Authenticity: Transnational Perspectives on Native American Studies. Albany: SUNY Press, 2010.

** published essays on

-- "From Colony to Republic: Building the American Nation," in Elizabeth Sauer & Julia Wright, ed. Reading the Nation in English Literature. London & New York: Routledge, 2010. 175-85.

-- "The West and Manifest Destiny," in John Carlos Rowe, ed. A Companion to American Studies. Oxford & New York: Blackwell, 2010. 369-86.

-- "American Allegory," in Rita Copeland and Peter Struck, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Allegory. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 229-40.

-- "UnAmerican Exceptionalism in the Disciplinary Field: From Unmeltable Ethnics to Flexible Citizens," in Janet Wilson, Cristina Sandru & Sarah Lawson Welsh, ed. Re-Routing the Postcolonial: New Directions for the New Millenium. London: Routledge, 2010. 206-17.

-- "Teaching Trauma: (Neo-)Slave Narratives and Cultural (Re-)Memory," in Gina Wisker, ed. Teaching African American Women's Writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 60-74.

** organized and chaird a panel on "Native Traces: The Aesthetics of Survivance," Native American and Indigenous Studies Association conference, University of Arizona.

** organized a session on "Teaching American Studies Internationally with the New Media," International Committee Talkshop, ASA convention, San Antonio.

** gave two plenary lectures on

-- "Hybridity, Hyphenation, and Mixed-Race Identities," Hybridities conference, Ecole Normal Supérieure, Lyon.

--  "Human Exceptionalism: Vizenor's Autogrammatological Critique of Ecologocentrism", "Ecology and Life Writing" conference, University of Mainz.

** taught an invited seminar (a week-long intensive graduate seminar) on "Postmodern Simulacra" at the Department of English, University of Salamanca,

** had "A Conversation with Gerald Vizenor" at the Galerie Orenda, Paris

** organized the Third Annual Native Studies Masterclass at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Sponsored by the Department of English, University of Geneva, May 27, 2010. Visiting scholar: Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Queensland University of Technology.

Michael C. Prusse

** published essays on

-- "Art, Biography and Philosophy: Three Aspects of John McGahern's Short Fiction as Exemplified by 'Gold Watch,' 'Like All Other Men,' and 'The White Boat.'" The Journal of the Short Story in English, 53 (Autumn 2009), 163-178.

-- (with Paulette Bansac, Ruth Keller, and Ann Peyer): "Sprachunterricht im Wandel: 'Noch heute kenne ich Dialoge von On y va auswendig'."  ph-akzente, 1 (March 2010): 28-29.

-- (with Yuka Nakamura): "Englischkompetenzen in Immersions- und Kontrollklassen." Zweisprachig lernen. Prozesse und Wirkungen eines immersiven Ausbildungsganges an Gymnasien, ed. Rita Stebler und Katharina Maag Merki. Münster: Waxmann, 2010, 131-151.

-- "The Life of William Golding." Violence in William Golding's Lord of the Flies, ed. Dedria Bryfonski. Farmington Hills (MI): Greenhaven, 2010, 20-33.

Gabriele Rippl

** published two co-edited volumes

-- (with Tiina Kirss , Philipp Schweighauser, Therese Steffen, and Margit Sutrop), eds. Haunted Narratives: The Politics and Poetics of Identity Formation and 20-Century Life Writing. Forthcoming 2011.

-- (with Christian Emden), eds. Imagescapes: Studies in Intermediality. Oxford etc.: Peter Lang, 2010. [Cultural History & Literary Imagination-Reihe].

** published the following essays

--  "Mourning and Melancholia in England and Its Transatlantic Colonies: Examples of Seventeenth-Century Female Appropriations". The Literature of Melancholia: Early Modern to Postmodern. Eds. Christina Wald and Martin Middeke. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Fothcoming.

-- (with Philipp Schweighauser and Therese Steffen): "Introduction". Haunted Narratives: The Politics and Poetics of Identity Formation and 20-Century Life Writing. Eds. Tiina Kirss, Gabriele Rippl, Philipp Schweighauser, Therese Steffen and Margit Sutrop. 2011. Forthcoming.

-- "Inszenierung von Differenz: Interreligiöse Konflikte im englischsprachigen indischen Gegenwartsroman." Aufgeklärte Zeiten? Religiöse Toleranz und Literatur. Eds. Nina Gülcher, Romana Weiershausen and Insa Wilke. Berlin: Erich Schmidt, 2011. Forthcoming.

-- "Stumme Augenzeugen – Funktionen erzählter Fotos in englischsprachigen postkolonialen trauma novels". Visuelle Evidenz? Fotografie im Reflex von Literatur und Film. Eds. Sabina Becker and Barbara Korte. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2011. Forthcoming.

-- "'Merit, Justice, Gratitude, Duty, Fidelity': Images of Masculinity in Autobiographies of Early Modern English Gentlewomen and Aristocrats". Constructions of Masculinity in British Literature from the Middle Ages to the Present. Ed. Stefan Horlacher. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Forthcoming.

-- "Iconicity and Intermediality in Charles Simic's Dime Store Alchemy". Iconicity in Language and Literature. Eds. Olga Fischer and Christina Ljungberg. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2011. Forthcoming.

-- "Victorian Melodrama: Thomas Holcroft's A Tale of Mystery and Douglas William Jerrold's The Rent Day". History of British Drama: Genres – Developments – Interpretations. Eds. Sibylle Baumbach, Birgit Neumann and Ansgar Nünning. Trier: WVT, 2010. Forthcoming

-- "Feminist Voices around 1900: Kate Chopin's 'Désirée's Baby' and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wall-Paper.'" A History of the American Short Story: Genres – Classics – Model Interpretations. Eds. Michael Basseler and Ansgar Nünning. Trier: WVT, 2010. Forthcoming.

-- "Introduction: Image, Text and Simulation". Imagescapes: Studies in Intermediality. Eds. Christian Emden and Gabriele Rippl. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010. [Cultural History & Literary Imagination-Reihe]. 1-18.

-- "English Literature and Its Other: Towards a Poetics of Intermediality". Imagescapes: Studies in Intermediality. Eds. Christian Emden and Gabriele Rippl. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010. [Cultural History & Literary Imagination-Reihe]. 39-65.

-- "Naked in the grip of reality – A. L. Kennedys Ästhetik der Gewalt". Gewalt, Geschlecht, Fiktion. Gewaltdiskurse und Gender-Problematik in zeitgenössischen englischsprachigen Romanen, Dramen und Filmen. Ed. Susanne Bach. Trier: WVT, 2010. 221-238.

** published the following reviews:

-- (with Julia Straub): Rev. of Kimberly Rhodes. Ophelia and Visual Culture: Representing Body Politics in the Nineteenth Century. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009, and Graham Smith. "Light that Dances in the Mind": Photographs and Memory in the Writings of E. M. Forster and His Contemporaries. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007. In: ZAA, 2009. 414-417.

-- Rev. of Monika Schmitz-Emans and Gertrud Lehnert, eds. Visual Culture. Heidelberg: Synchron, 2008. In: Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, 2009. 389-391.

-- Rev. of Ronald Bedford, Lloyd Davis and Philippa Kelly, eds. Early Modern English Lives: Autobiography and Self-Representation 1500-1660. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007, and Meredith Anne Skura, Tudor Autobiography: Listening for Inwardness. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. In: Shakespeare Jahrbuch, 2009. 245-247.

** gave a guest lecture on "Gendered Adaptations: Canadian Rewritings of Classical Texts" (University of Swansea, June 2010)

** co-ordinated guest lectures by Prof. Dr. G. Leypoldt (Universität Heidelberg), U.S. Ambassador Beyer (Amerikanische Botschaft Bern), Prof. Dr. E. Auberlen (Universität Tübingen), Prof. Dr. M. Middeke (Universität Augsburg), Prof. Dr. Jewel Brooker (Eckerd College), and Prof. Dr. John Guillory (New York University)

** supervises the SNF Doctoral research group: "Seriality and Intermediality in 'Graphic Novels'"

** supervises the SNF Doctoral research group: " Cosmopolitanism and Identity in Contemporary Indian Literatures in English: Exploring Fictions of the Homeland and of the Diaspora"

** has organized an apéro and reception by the U.S. Embassy at the English Department on the occasion of the donation of a print by the artist Helen Zughaib, courtesy of the U.S. Embassy, March 2010

** has been on a research trip to New York, September 2010

** has organized an iconicity workshop, November 2009

Manuela Rossini

** co-edited (with Bruce Clarke), The Routledge Companion to Literature and Science. Abindon: Routledge.

** was the program chair of two conferences:

-- TEXTURES, 1st Conference of the European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Riga, 15-20 June 2010.

-- IMPLEMENTATION, 3rd International Transdisciplinarity Conference, University of Geneva, 15-17 September 2010.

** serves as a general editor (with Yves Abrioux) of Experimental Practices: Technoscience, Art, Literature, Philosophy (Rodopi)

** was an editorial board member of Critical Posthumanisms (Rodopi, general eds. Yvan Callus and Stefan Herbrechter).

** gave the following invited talks:

-- "Konzepte auf Wanderschaft: Kulturaustausch zwischen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften," Conférence Suisse Inter- et Transdisciplianrité, Sion, 2 July 2010

-- "European Support for Interdisciplinary Research and Entrepreneurship: New Perspectives" (Input and Panel Chair), EU House, Riga, 16 June 2010

** is pursuing her Habilitation on "Science/Fiction: Imagineering the Future of the Human"

** invited the following visiting lecturers to the Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities  and the Social Sciences at the University of  Berne:

-- Paul Kottmann (The New School New York),"Act, Action, Agency," 14 April 2010

-- Stefan Herbrechter (University of Coventry, University of Heidelberg), "Identity, Difference, Alterity," 18 May 2010

Philipp Schweighauser

** published

-- "Information Theory." Routledge Companion to Literature and Science. Ed. Bruce Clarke with Manuela Rossini. New York: Routledge, 2010. 145-56.

-- (with Peter Schneck, eds.) Terrorism, Media, and the Ethics of Fiction: Transatlantic Perspectives on Don DeLillo. New York: Continuum, 2010.

-- (with Peter Schneck) "Introduction: The American and the European DeLillo." Terrorism, Media, and the Ethics of Fiction: Transatlantic Perspectives on Don DeLillo. Ed. Peter Schneck and Philipp Schweighauser. New York: Continuum, 2010. 1-15.

-- (with Adrian Wisnicki) "The End of Resolution? Reflections on the Ethics of Closure in Don DeLillo's Detective Plots." Terrorism, Media, and the Ethics of Fiction: Transatlantic Perspectives on Don DeLillo. Ed. Peter Schneck and Philipp Schweighauser. New York: Continuum, 2010. 158-70.

** gave talks on

-- "The French Revolution, American Terror, and the Beginning of Aesthetics." Keynote speech at the 2010 English Students' Conference University of Berne, 30 April 2010.

-- "Zwei frühe amerikanische Don Quixoterien: Hugh Henry Brackenridges Modern Chivalry und Tabitha Tenneys Female Quixotism."  Ringvorlesung Don Quijote: Die Abenteuer des reitenden Lesers in der Weltliteratur, University of Basel, 22 November 2010.

-- "Trugwerk: Vom Roman als Täuschung, dargestellt an frühen amerikanischen Beispielen." SeniorenUni, University of Basel, 10/11 November 2010.

-- "Art against Terror? European Aesthetics, French Terreur, and the Early American Gothic." Terrorism through the Lens of Literary Epistemology: Historical Imagination and Narrative Practice. University of Fribourg. 2-4 December 2010.

** co-ordinated guest lectures by

-- Prof. Frank Kelleter (University of Göttingen): "Canon Material: The Stuff that Quality TV Is Made of" (University of Basel, March 22)

-- Alexander Starre, M.A. (University of Göttingen)
"Of Paratexts and Paper Objects: The New Tactility of the Literary Magazine in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern" (University of Basel, March 22)

** served as a referee for Routledge and a reviewer for Clio and the Cartographic Journal

Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

** published a monograph on The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic: Gender and Slavery in the Nineteenth Century American Gothic. Surrey UK & Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010. 

** published an essay on "Poe's Poor Devils." After Satan. Eds. Martine Hennard Dutheil and Kirstin Stirling.  Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.

** gave the following conference presentations:

-- "Le genre du mélodrame: Le cas du film de guerre américain," Cours en études genre, UNIGE

-- "The flower that blooms above the dead": Flowers in the Visual Rhetoric of War Commemoration," SANAS/AASA joint conference, Innsbruck, Austria

-- "Black Like Me: Tropes of Racial Transformation in Contemporary American Cinema," ESSE (European Society for the Study of English), Torino, Italy

-- "Civil Religion, War and National Renewal," EAAS Biennial Conference, Dublin, Ireland

-- "Hemingway's Poetics of Distantiation," 14th Annual Hemingway conference, Lausanne

-- "Edgar Allan Poe: International Man of Mystery," UNIL Student Poe Conference,

** gave a recorded interview on J.D. Salinger on Radio Suisse Romande, January 27, 2010

** organized an African-American History Study Trip to Paris (April  23-25) 

** organized the following guest talks:

-- May 12:  Kwakiutl Dreher (U. of Nebraska), "Piercing the 4th Wall: Getting Close with my Celebrity Sistahs"

-- May 26: Jewel Spears Brooker (Eckerd College), "'Visions and Revisions: Poetry and Philosophy in T.S. Eliot"

-- May 27, John Guillory (NYU), "Extracurriculum: The Internal Exile of Literature in the American University of the Later Nineteenth Century)

-- Nov. 24: Student-Organized  Poe Conference, including talk by Prof. Mark Niemeyer, "The Margins of America and The Margins of Reality: Edgar Allan Poe and 'The Fall of the House of Usher'" 

-- Nov. 30: Will Kaufman (u of Central Lancashire), "Hard Times and Hard Travellin': Woody Guthrie

-- Dec. 15: Bruce Robbins (Columbia U), "The Worlding of the American Novel"

** co-organized the 14th Annual Hemingway Conference

Julia Straub

** was awarded a visiting fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, January – March 2010

** published an essay on "Mourning and Morphing Beatrice: Mythopoesis in Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Julia Margaret Cameron." Imagescapes: Studies in Intermediality. Ed. Christian Emden and Gabriele Rippl. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010. 147-65.

** gave the following conference talks:

-- "Early American Literature and the Canon." Paper delivered at the University of Oxford at the conference "The Idea of Influence in American Literature", March 2010.

-- "Conceptualising Authorship in Colonial America, 1670-1730." Paper delivered at the University of Geneva at the SAMEMES conference "Medieval and Early Modern Authorship," June 2010.

-- "Transatlantic Mobility and British-American Periodical Literature of the Eighteenth Century." Paper delivered at the Anglistentag at the University of Saarbrücken, September 2010.

-- "Pathetic Copycats: Gestures of Female Melodramatic Victimhood." Paper delivered at the SANAS/AAAS conference "The Visual Culture of Modernism" at the University of Innsbruck, November 2010.

Barbara Straumann

** is pursuing her Habilitation Embodied Voices: Female Performers in British and American Literature and Culture, 1845-1934.

** was awarded a research grant for advanced researchers from the Swiss National Science Foundation and spent the academic year 2009/10 as a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Germanic Studies, University of Chicago, and as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London. On September 1, 2010, she returned to the English Department of the University of Zurich as Senior Assistant.

** published the following essays:

-- "Diva Warhol: Mediale Performance und Versteckspiel." Who is that pale man? Neues zu Warhol. Ed. Rolf Bier and Nils Büttner. Munich: Silke Schreiber, 2010. 195-222.

-- "'There are many that I can be': The Poetics of Self-Performance in Isak Dinesen's 'The Dreamers.'" Performing the Self: Constructing Premodern and Modern Identities. Ed. Karen Junod and Didier Maillat. SPELL, Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature, 24. Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2010. 153-63.

** gave the following invited talks:

-- "A Voice of Her Own? Female Performers in Narrative Fiction," Theater and Performance Studies Workshop, University of Chicago, January 25, 2010.

-- "Embodied Voices: Female Performers in Narrative Fiction," Institute of Germanic and Romances Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, April 26, 2010.

-- "Authorship and Voice in Isak Dinesen," English Department, University of Berne, October 27, 2010.

-- "Strike the Pose! Starkörper und Geschlechtermaskeraden," PHZ Lucerne, November 5, 2010.

-- "Wearing Prada in the Renaissance: Queen Elizabeth I and Her Fashionable Portraits," Conference on "Fashionable Queens: Body, Power, Gender," University of Vienna, December 3-4, 2010.

Alexa Weik von Mossner

** was appointed as a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society  at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.

** published the following articles:

-- "Of Sweatshops and Cyclones: Cultural Memory and Post­colo­nial Eco­logy in Lindsey Collen's There Is a Tide." Ecocriticism. Eds. Astrid Bracke and Marguerite Cor­poraal. Special issue of English Studies 91.7 (November 2010): 761-775.

-- "From the Great Plains to the Red Apple Country: Identity and Ecology in Zitkala-Ša's American Indian Stories." Performing the Self. Eds. Didier Maillat and Karen Junod. SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature, Volume 24. Tübin­gen: Gunter Narr. 47-59.

-- "Ecocriticism in Switzerland" Ecozona: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environ­ment 1.1. (Spring 2010): 178-184.

-- "Mysteries of the Mountain: Environmental Racism and Poli­tical Action in Percival Eve­rett's Watershed." Ecocriticism. Eds. Scott Slovic and Ufuk Özdağ. Special issue of the Journal of American Studies of Turkey 30 (Fall 2009): 73-88. (published in 2010).

** gave three invited lectures on

-- "After the Deluge: Disaster and the Reconfiguration of the Social in Contemporary Cinema." Invited talk given at the lecture series "Devastated Spaces. Reconstellations of the Social after Natural Disasters" at the Excellence Cluster TOPOI, Humboldt University, Berlin, Ger­many, Dec. 1, 2010.

-- "Facing The Day After Tomorrow: Filmed Disaster, Emotional Engagement, and Climate Risk Per­ception." Invited talk given at the BAA-RCC Conference "Green Cultures: Climate–Know­ledge–Cata­strophes." Bayerische Akademie für Amerikastu­dien. Amerikahaus, Munich, Germany, July 9, 2010.

--  "Dangerous Lands and Sheltering Skies: the Ambiguous Presence of Nature in the Novels of Paul Bowles." Invited talk given at the Symposium "Ecocriticial Investiga­tions" at the École Normale Supér­ieure in Lyon, France, March 19, 2010.

** gave conference talks on

-- "Looking Back to the Present: The Future History of Climate Change in Franny Armstrong's The Age of Stupid." 2nd Annual Conference of the Association of the Arts of the Present (ASAP). Uni­ver­sity of Trier, Germany, October 28-29, 2010.

--  "Seeing the Other: Ecotopian Vision and Emotional Engagement in James Cameron's Avatar." International Conference "The Ecology of Utopia: Ecological Con­cerns and Utopianism in Ame­ri­can Culture." University of Coruña, Spain, Sept. 23-25, 2010. 

-- "Ecotopian Citizenship and Community in Kim Stanley Robinson's Pacific Edge." International Conference "The Ecology of Utopia: Ecological Con­cerns and Utopi­anism in Ame­rican Culture." University of Coruña, Spain, Sept. 23-25, 2010. 

-- "Eco-Cosmopolitan Ethics and the Citizen-Shareholder in Norman Spinrad's Greenhouse Sum­mer." Fourth Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and Environment (EASLCE), University of Bath, United King­dom, September 1-4, 2010.

-- "Dangerous Territories: Nature and the Traveling Body in Paul Bowles's The Shelter­ing Sky." ESSE 10 Conference of the Euro­pean Society of English in Turin, Italy, August 24-28, 2010.

-- "Of Sweatshops and Cyclones: Cultural Memory and Postcolonial Ecology in Lindsey Collen's There Is a Tide."International Conference "New Grounds: Eco­criti­cism, Globalization, and Cul­tu­ral Memory." Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherlands, Janu­ary 12-15, 2010.

** co-organized and chaired a panel on "Traveling Bodies: Physical Dis­location and Knowledge Ecology" at the ESSE 10 Conference of the Euro­pean Society of English in Turin, Italy, August 24-28, 2010 (with Anne Reynes-Delobel, Université de Provence).