Englisches Seminar

Lehrstuhl Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer

Recent Publications

Poston, Dan. Joseph Addison: An Intellectual Biography, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2023, 344 pages. https://www.upress.virginia.edu/title/5464/

Zirker, Angelika, and Michael Göggelmann. "Case Study: Annotationg the Ambiguous Modality of must in Jane Austen's Emma." Digital Humanities Quarterly 17.3 (2023). http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/17/3/000727/000727.html

Bauer, Matthias, and Angelika Zirker. "Die Ambiguität des Schein(en)s und ihr Erkenntnispotential: appear - seem - shine." Schein und Anschein: Dynamiken ästhetischer Praxis in der Vormoderne. Ed. Annette Gerok-Reiter, Martin Kovacs, Volker Leppin, and Irmgard Männlein-Robert. Berlin: deGruyter 2023. 3-17. DOI: 10.1515/9783110725391-001


Ed. Bauer, Matthias, and Angelika Zirker. Strategies of Ambiguity. New York: Routledge, 2023. DOI: 10.4324/9781003298083


Discover Literary Anniversaries - February 2024

The Pastor's wife by Elizabeth Arnim was a long forgotten novel, despite it being appraised by critics and it being an important feminist novel. Francesca Pierini's contribution to our "Discover Literary Anniversary" series sheds more light on this novel and shows us why it deserves more attention...Click here to read more on our Connotations website. 

Discover Literary Anniversaries - December (19th), 2023

What does the expression "dead as a door-nail" have to do with Christmas? And how does such a morbid topic serve as an introduction to a heartwarming Christmas story still popular to this day? Find out more in this month's literary anniversary contribution on Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" by Angelika Zirker on our Connotations website. And while you are there, don't forget to check out our Advent Calendar! 

Discover Literary Anniversaries - November 2023

"2023 marks the bicentenary of the foundation of the Edinburgh Bannatyne Club. Why an antiquarian printing society, dissolved after less than forty years, should warrant commemoration may not immediately be clear. But read on..." Find out more about this month's literary anniversary written by Laurie Atkinson on our Connotations Website.

The 17th International Connotations Symposium


The full programme, the poster, and the book of abstracts for the 17th International Connotations Symposium are now online!



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 connotations.de

Guest Lecture by Mary Wellesley

On Tuesday, 18 July 2023, writer and historian Mary Wellesley will hold a guest lecture on "Scraps, Squiggles, and Scratchings: How Manuscripts Enhance and Complicate the Study of Old English"

The lecture forms part of Prof. Sigrid Beck and Prof. Angelika Zirker's seminar on Old English, but is open to the public. We hope to see you there! For details, please consult the poster.

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: https://co-kreativitaet-ub.de/.