Institute of English Languages and Literatures

Lehrstuhl Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer

Recent Publications

Zhao, Xinxin. Form is Meaning: An Iconic Reading of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Trier: WVT, 2020. ISBN: 978-3-86821-866-4.

Ebert, Lisa. Ambiguity in Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights". Paderborn: Schöningh, 2020. DOI: 10.30965/9783657704958

Bauer, Matthias, Sigrid Beck, Susanne Riecker, Saskia Brockmann, Angelika Zirker, Nadine Bade, Carmen Dörge and Julia Braun. Linguistics Meets Literature: More on the Grammar of Emily Dickinson. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2020. DOI: 10.1515/9783110646825


A Literary Advent Calendar - UPDATE: Last Chance!

With Twelfth Night and Epiphany now behind us, we will be taking the Literary Advent Calendar offline on 9 January. If you have not listened to last year's spectacular readings yet, be sure to head to the Connotations website and click on the little Santa before time runs out!


"When shall we meet again?" With Christmas approaching, this question seems more prevalent than ever: This year, many family gatherings and communal celebrations will be smaller than usual, and others might only take place in digital form. This is why our literary advent calendar for 2020 is all about togetherness.

Every day in December leading up to Christmas, a student or staff member of the English Seminar will read out a literary text - a poem, a prose extract, or even a dramatic piece - about fellowship and community. You can find these recordings on the website of our journal, Connotations - once you're there, just click on the little Santa! We hope you'll find good company in these literary treats as we unveil them day by day.

Fall Conference on "Romeo and Juliet" ("Herbsttagung zu „Romeo und Julia“")

This conference by the German Shakespeare Association ("Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft") will take place between the 20th-22nd of November 2020 in a digital format. Prof. Dr. Angelika Zirker will speak on "The Aesthetics of Collaborative Authorship in Romeo and Juliet."

For more information please go to:

International Conference: (The) Aesthetics of Multiple Authorship: Literature - Art - Music ("Internationale Tagung: Ästhetik(en) pluraler Autorschaft: Literatur - Kunst - Musik")

This conference by the cross-sectional area „Individual and Collective“ („Individuum und Kollektiv“) of the Tübingen CRC "Different Aesthetics", organized by Angelika Zirker, Stefanie Gropper, Anna Pawlak and Anja Wolkenhauer, will take place between the 12th and 14th of November 2020. It will be held in German and English in the Alte Aula (Münzgasse, Tübingen) and transferred live via Zoom. To obtain the link, please contact:

For more information and to download the flyer and poster please go to:

Digital Teaching - Future and Challenges ("Digitale Lehre - Zukunft und Herausforderungen")

On the 10th of November 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Prof. Zirker will participate in podium discussion with the secretary of education Theresia Bauer and university president Prof. Bernd Engler about the future of digital teaching.

For more information please go to:

Dickens at 150

On June 9, 2020, Profs Bauer and Zirker will take part in a world-wide virtual conference to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens (1812-1870). See

A link to their talk on "Dickens's Ambiguous Publics" will be available after the conference. The talk is part of their current research project on "Ambiguous Dickens"; see

An interview on this topic with Prof. Zirker in the SWR studio can be found by clicking on the following link:

Prof. Bauer on research leave

Professor Bauer is on research leave this semester. Dr. Lena Steveker will teach in his stead this semester. Prof. Bauer's office hours will be substituted by phone appointments (arranged beforehand via email).

Should further changes apply, will they be noted on Prof. Bauer's profile page and in the staff register of the English seminar

The Shakespearience 2020 will become the Shakespearience 2021

Workshop "Information Structure and Ambiguity - The Process of Integrating Sentences into Discourse"

From 7-8 October 2019, the RTG 1808 and project A7 of the SFB 833 will be organizing the Workshop “Information Structure and Ambiguity – The Process of Integrating Sentences into Discourse”. The workshop targets (but is not limited to) the following research areas: (i) Referential ambiguities in discourse, (ii) Ambiguity reduction in discourse: Incrementality and predictability in discourse processing, and (iii) Syntax and discourse: (un)marked word order and focus constructions as (dis)ambiguation procedures.

Find more information at the website of the RTG 1808.

15th International Connotations Symposium

From July 28 to August 1st, 2019, the 15th International Connotations Symposium will take place at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Under the topic “Understanding (through) Annotations,” it will inquire into the position and function of annotation in the digital age (with a focus on the annotation of literary texts). Visitors are welcome. Find the programme and more information at the Connotations website.

Austen in the Summer University 2019

For the Summer University 2019, Prof. Zirker gives a talk on Jane Austen's novels and the world of fan fiction. For more information (only in German), go to