Prof. Dr. Angelika Zirker

Literary and Cultural Studies / English Department

Contact Details


Wilhelmstraße 50

72074 Tübingen

Tel.: +49 7071 297 3260


About Ambiguity

As an associate member Prof. Dr. Angelika Zirker was part of the graduate training group on “Dimensions of Ambiguity” (2008-2011). There she started to do some interdisciplinary research on ambiguity in speaker-hearer interaction with the linguist Prof. Dr. Esme Winter-Froemel. She also encounters the topic of ambiguity in the field of English literature, for instance, in texts by Lewis Carroll and John Donne as well as in a research project she has launched with Dr. Esme Winter-Froemel on “Wordplay.”



After studying English, French and German at the universities of Saarbrücken, Metz und Cardiff, Angelika Zirker completed her PhD on Lewis Carroll in 2010 at Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen. She is currently writing her second book on “Stages of the Soul in Early Modern Poetry: Donne and Shakespeare.”



Prof. Dr. Angelika Zirker is a member of several research projects at Tübingen University, among them RTG 1808. She also is part of project A2 “Interpretability in Context” of the Collaborative Research Center “The Constitution of Meaning” (SFB 833; Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer and Prof. Dr. Sigrid Beck; (Homepage of SFB 833). She was one of the supervisors in the graduate programme “Sacred Texts.” Together with Prof. Dr. Esme Winter-Froemel she has recently launched an interdisciplinary research project on “Wordplay” http://www.wortspiel.uni-tuebingen.de/). Her research interests include Early Modern Literature, with a focus on poetry and Shakespearean theatre, the 19th century novel, children’s literature, and the relationship of literature and ethics. She is also particularly interested in the interdisciplinary interface of literature and linguistics as well as of religion and literature.



In her teaching a focus of Angelika Zirker is on the literature of the Early Modern period and the 19th century. She is also very much interested in interdisciplinary connections, for instance, between religion and literature, linguistics and literature and literature and ethics. In a project on the annotation of literary texts (with Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer), she aims at combining teaching and research (Webpage of the "Annotating Literature"-Project). Follow the link for an overview of her current teaching.


Other Activities

Together with Matthias Bauer, Inge Leimberg, and Burkhard Niederhoff, Angelika Zirker is the editor of Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate, which has been published since 1991. Connotations is an international, peer-reviewed journal focusing on the language of literature in a historical perspective. It was founded in order to provide a forum for exchanging ideas derived from the close reading of literature in English. In Connotations, critical debate is put into practice, for example, by the editors’ encouraging experts working on related subjects to submit responses to articles accepted for publication. Full open access is available at www.connotations.de.


Publications on Ambiguity

  • Kirchhoff, Leonie; Miriam Lahrsow; Angelika Zirker (2018). "Students as Digital Annotators of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.” Digital English: A Handbook for the 21st Century. Ed. Naomi Milthorpe, Robert Clarke, Joanne Jones, and Robbie Moore. https://www.digitalenglish.com.au/2018/12/17/students-as-digital-annotators-of-shakespeares-sonnets/
  • Bauer, Matthias; Angelika Zirker (2017). "Subtle Medievalism: The Case of Charles Dickens.“ Anglistentag 2016 Proceedings. Sektion: Reinventing the Middle Ages. Hg. Ute Berns und Jolene Mathieson. Trier: WVT. 91-101.
  • Zirker, Angelika (2016). „Language Play in Translation: Character and Idiom in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.“ Language Play and Language Contact. Ed. Maik Goth, Sebastian Knospe and Alexander Onysko. Berlin: de Gruyter. 283-304.
  • Zirker, Angelika; Esme Winter-Froemel. (eds.) (2015). Wordplay and Metalinguistic / Metadiscursive Reflection. Authors, Contexts, Techniques, and Meta-Reflection. Berlin: De Gruyter. (Dynamics of Wordplay 1)
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme; Angelika Zirker. (eds.) (2015). Enjeux du jeu de mots. Perspectives linguistiques et littéraires. Berlin: De Gruyter. (Dynamics of Wordplay 2)
  • Winter-Froemel, Esme; Angelika Zirker (2015): "Ambiguity in Speaker-Hearer-Interaction: A Parameter-Based Model of Analysis." Ambiguity: Language and Communication. Ed. Susanne Winkler. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 283-339.
  • Bade, Nadine; Matthias Bauer; Sigrid Beck; Carmen Dörge; Angelika Zirker (2015). "Ambiguity in Shakespeare’s Sonnet." Ambiguity: Language and Communication. Ed. Susanne Winkler. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter. 89-138.
  • Zirker, Angelika (2014). "'To Be Taken with a Grain of Salt': Charles Dickens and the Ambiguous Ghost Story." Texts, Contexts and Intertextuality: Dickens as a Reader. Eds. Norbert Lennartz and Dieter Koch. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 163-80.
  • Matthias Bauer; Zirker, Angelika (2014). "Dickens and Ambiguity: The Case of A Tale of Two Cities." Dickens, Modernism and Modernity. Eds. Christine Huguet and Nathalie Vanfasse. Paris: Editions du Sagittaire. 209-229.
  • Zirker, Angelika; Esme Winter-Froemel (2011). "Redundanz." Historisches Wörterbuch der Rhetorik. Vol. 10. Ed. Gert Ueding. Tübingen: Niemeyer. 1044-1050.
  • Zirker, Angelika; Esme Winter-Froemel (2010). "Ambiguität in der Sprecher-Hörer-Interaktion: Linguistische und literaturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven." Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik 158: 76-97.
  • Bauer, Matthias; Markus Bauer; Sigrid Beck; Carmen Dörge; Burkhard von Eckartsberg; Katja Riedel; Michaela Meder; Janina Zimmermann; Angelika Zirker (2010). "'The Two Coeval Come': Emily Dickinson and Ambiguity." Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik 158: 98-124.


Further Publications

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