Institute of English Languages and Literatures

Lehrstuhl Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer

Recent Publications

Bauer, Matthias, Sarah Briest, Sara Rogalski, and Angelika Zirker. "Geben und Nehmen. Eine Reflexionsfigur gemeinschaftlicher Autorschaft in der englischen Literatur der Frühen Neuzeit". Plurale Autorschaft: Ästhetik der Co-Kreativität in der Vormoderne. Ed. Stefanie Gropper, Anna Pawlak, Anja Wolkenhauer, and Angelika Zirker. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2023. 31-52. DOI: 10.1515/9783110755763-003

Bauer, Matthias, Gabriel Viehhauser, and Angelika Zirker. "Zwischenräume. Kommentierende Annotation und hermeneutische Bedeutungserschließung in digitalen Texten." Digitale Literaturwissenschaft. Ed. Fotis Jannidis. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2023. 249-279. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-476-05886-7_11

Zirker, Angelika. “'Better place no wit can finde': The Compiler as Author in Early Modern Verse Miscellanies.” Authorship (2023): 1-11. DOI: 10.21825/authorship.85738


Workshop on "Processes of De/Sacralisation in (Early Modern) English Literature"

On Friday, 16 June 2023, project P02 of the research unit 2828, "De/Sacralisation in Texts" (FOR 2828) will host a workshop investigating sacralisation together with processes of desacralisation, i.e. the questioning of divine origin and involvement in the human production of texts.The workshop aims to explore such processes in the early modern period on the basis of concrete examples and their implications for the identification of more general strategies and methods of sacralisation and desacralisation.

If you are interested in attending, you can find the full workshop programme here.

Guest Lecture by Prof. Dr. Michaela Mahlberg

On Monday, 12 June 2023, Prof. Dr. Michaela Mahlberg, from the University of Birmingham, will be holding a guest lecture with the title "Discourse Levels in the Novel: Character Speech and Narrator Comment". If you are interested in attending the lecture, you will find more information on the poster

Guest Lectures by Dr. Hélène Ibata

This summer term, as part of the Erasmus+ Staff Exchange with the University of Strasbourg, we are delighted to host a three-part series of guest lectures by Dr. Hélène Ibata, examining 19th-century British culture through painting and literature.

The individual titles and dates for the lectures are as follows:

  • Cities and Social Change in Victorian Painting
    (Monday, 19 June 2023)
  • Ruins and the Historical Sublime in the Works of J.M.W. Turner
    (Monday, 19 June 2023)
  • Irony in William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience
    (Thursday, 22 June 2023)

For details on each individual lecture, please consult the overview poster - we look forward to seeing you!

The 17th International Connotations Symposium

The 17th International Connotations Symposium (July 30 – August 2, 2023) will investigate “Textual Reasons for Canonicity.”

Texts become canonical when they are felt to embody the spirit of an age or to voice concerns considered universal at a particular moment. But what about the texts themselves? Can any text become canonical in any way? Or are there specific textual reasons for such an elevated status? This latter question is what the symposium wishes to address. It will focus on areas such as strategies of self-authorization, choice of subject matter, formal, rhetorical, and aesthetic features of a work, as well as methodological concerns: How is it possible to arrive at such reasons by analyzing texts that have been assigned a canonical status? Do we need to compare texts, and/or does it make sense to work with larger corpora to come up with plausible results?

You can find all the latest information on the symposium on its dedicated page over at

Exhibition "Co-Creativity in English Literature Throughout Time: From Shakespeare to FanFiction"

We are happy to announce that the exhibition "Co-Creativity in English Literature Throughout Time: From Shakespeare to FanFiction", hosted by project C05 "The aesthetics of co-creativity in early modern English literature" of the CRC 1391: Different Aesthetics, is now ready for your visit. Come and see how diverse the products of co-creativity used to be in Shakespeare's time and still are today. Experience being a co-creator yourself by taking part in the interactive Commonplace Board which is part of the exhibition at the entrance to the Ammerbau. Everyone who cannot make it to the exhibition in person is invited to enjoy photos of it and some additional information online: