Englisches Seminar

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


The 16th International Connotations Symposium on "Metagenre"

The 16th International Connotations Symposium from July 26 to 28, 2021 will take place online as a collaboration between the Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen and the Ruhr University Bochum. The speakers will look into questions of “Metagenre” and will focus on works that, like A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Good Soldier, reflect on the genre(s) to which they belong; this self-reflection may be either explicit or implicit. You can find more information on the Connotations website.

The programme can be downloaded here.

Discover Literary Anniversaries - July 2021

Even though the summer sun beckons us to the physical outdoors, the intellectually curious (or hay fever-stricken) among us may occasionally prefer to read about a pastoral idyll, rather than frolic in it. Luckily, our literary anniversary for July is the publication of The Countess of Montgomery's Urania. Click here to read Sarah Briest's fascinating history of this 400-year-old romance and its recently rediscovered author, Lady Mary Wroth.

Linguistic and Poetic Economy: Ambiguity and Small Forms

International Conference on 14 and 15 May

In this joint venture of the RTGs (Research Training Groups) on “Ambiguity: Production and Perception” at Tübingen and on “The Literary and Epistemic History of Small Forms” at Humboldt University Berlin, in collaboration with the Literary Colloquium Berlin, we are interested in the problem or phenomenon of linguistic and poetic economy: how can it be defined? How and to what degree can we measure it?

Linguistic/poetic economy has strong links, so it would seem, to aptness, an in-between of ‘too much’ and ‘too little’, of the boring, super- fluous, the incomprehensible, fragmentary. How short (or how long) is too short? How long (or short) is too long? When is a text ‘just right’ as to its length? Can what is apt be quantified, in the sense of measuring a certain number of signs, the duration of production and perception – in the words of Edgar Allan Poe: “to be read in one sitting”? Or does it describe a particular quality, an ideal as expressed by Sir Philip Sidney: “one word cannot be lost but the whole work fails”

Our symposium aims at the most economic and unequivocal answers possible to the questions outlined here from scholarly perspectives that will be interspersed with artistic interventions. We have invited speakers who are interested in the reflexion, description, production and prevention of ambiguity in small and large(r) forms. The idea is to bring together academic, journalistic, poetic and poetological, rhetorical, political and other perspectives on (linguistic/poetic) economy and ambiguity.

The event will take place digitally, with attendance via Zoom available to all who are interested.

If you would like to attend, please register your attendance by writing an e-mail to Prof. Dr. Angelika Zirker and Dr. Maren Jäger.

The offical programme flyer for the event can be found here in English and in German.

Discover Literary Anniversaries - April 2021

Clink the glasses at home as we also have something to celebrate during lockdown: Henry Vaughan's birthday! Born on the 16th of April 1621, this early modern English poet and countryside doctor incorporated his medical knowledge and experience into his poetic texts. Follow this link to access Matthias Bauer's short podcast on Vaughan's life and work, including his poem "The Showre."

Discover Literary Anniversaries - March 2021

Our series of contributions on memorable literary anniversaries continues, this month with one of the giants of modern English literature: One hundred years ago, Virginia Woolf first published her collection of short stories, Monday or Tuesday. Follow this link to read Vera Yakupova's introduction to the volume and its eight stories - you can even listen to a reading from the collection's titular tale!

Discover Literary Anniversaries - February 2021

The history of literature in English is long and varied, having brought forth a nearly inexhaustible supply of memorable events - from the births and deaths of significant writers or the releases of their iconic works to revolutionary theatre performances or censorship lawsuits. This year, we want to mark some of these anniversaries and honour them with short articles on the events, as well as the people and books involved. We hope you enjoy this playful journey through history and maybe even learn about your new favourite anniversary! 

Corresponding to the wintry February mood, our first contribution is by Sarah Briest on John Taylor's "The Colde Tearme". You can access the article on the website of our journal, Connotations, by following this link. Enjoy the discovery!

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: https://shakespeare-gesellschaft.de/tagungen/kommende-tagungen/.

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: angelika.zirker@uni-tuebingen.de.

For more information and to download the flyer and poster please go to: https://uni-tuebingen.de/forschung/forschungsschwerpunkte/sonderforschungsbereiche/sfb-andere-aesthetik/veranstaltungen/tagungen/.

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: https://uni-tuebingen.de/universitaet/campusleben/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungskalender/termindetails/article/digitale-lehre-zukunft-und-herausforderungen/.

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 https://dickens150.wordpress.com/

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzxOFPMdkVk

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 https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/campusleben/veranstaltungen/zentrale-veranstaltungen/sommeruniversitaet/.