Englisches Seminar

Lehrstuhl Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer

Recent Publications

Bauer, Matthias, Angelika Zirker, Leonie Kirchhoff, Judith Glaesser, Augustin Kelava and Frank Loose. "Dimensionen fachwissenschaftlicher und fachdidaktischer Komptenzen bei angehenden Lehrkräften: Erkenntnisse zum Verhältnis beider Kompetenzformen aus den Fächern Mathematik und Englisch." Vielfältig herausgefordert: Forschungs und Entwicklungsfelder der Lehrerbildung auf dem Prüfstand. Diskurse und Ergebnisse der ersten Förderphase der Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung an der Tübingen School of Education. Ed. Nina Beck, Thorsten Bohl and Sybille Meissner. Tübingen: Tübingen UP, 2021. 35-56. DOI: 10.15496/publikation-52641

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


Discover Literary Anniversaries - September 2021

With the beginning of the darker seasons, it may feel appropriate to turn towards reading that is similarly dark in tone – and Watchmen certainly qualifies! Even though its serial publication began only 35 years ago, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel has already cemented its reputation as a modern classic, which is why our literary anniversary essay for September highlights some of its most brilliant moments and considers its cultural impact. Click here to read it!

Special Lecture by Prof. Dr. David Scott Kastan

"What’s Love Got To Do With it? Rembrandt’s The Wedding of Samson"

On Monday, 25 October 2021, from 18:15 to 19:45h, the CRC 1391 is happy to host a special lecture by its current Mercator Fellow, Prof. Dr. David Scott Kastan, on Rembrandt's Samson Posing the Riddle at the Wedding Table (1638).

Rembrandt’s painting is a decidedly odd one. It is as much a “riddle" as the one it depicts. It represents an obscure moment in The Book of Judges, which is almost never illustrated and rarely discussed (even by biblical scholars). In the painting, there is a dense specificity of pictorial detail that alludes to a history but which resists confident interpretation or even, as it turns out, identification. This lecture is about the painting’s compelling strangeness. What does the painting do? Why did Rembrandt paint this particular biblical episode? What are we asked to make of it? The lecture is about how to look at a Rembrandt painting—that is, how does the painting invite us to “read” it. And it is also about how Rembrandt looked at paintings and read--and how he discovers his originality in his “profound reflection,” as a contemporary said, upon what had come before.

All who are interested may follow the lecture in person at the Brechtbau (room 306) or via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please sign up via e-mail to Jan Stellmann.


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: 


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