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Sibylle Baumbach

Sibylle Baumbach

Member from 2011 to 2016
subject: English Literature and Cultural Science

Contact
Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck (Österreich)
Department of English
Innrain 52d
A-6020 Innsbruck

Tel.: +43 (512) 507-4155
Fax: +43 (512) 507-2882
Sibylle.Baumbach@uibk.ac.at

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Research Areas

  • English Literature and Culture

  • British Drama (esp. Shakespeare)

  • Aesthetics and History of Fascination

  • Intermediality

  • Literary and Cultural Theory

 

Curriculum Vitae

  • since 2015

    Professor of English Literature and Culture, Department of English, University of Innsbruck

  • 2014-2015

    Visiting Professor, Department of English, University of Giessen

  • 2013

    Habilitation in English Literature at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

  • 2011-2015

    Junior Professor at the Department of English and Linguistics at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

  • 2009-2011

    Visiting Scholar at the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University, subsidized by a Feodor Lynen Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

  • 03-04/2009

    Visiting Professor at the Institute for Cultural Studies at Cornell University

  • 2007-2009

    Research Assistant and Research Coordinator of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), Justus-Liebig University, Giessen

  • 2006-2007

    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Instructor at the Department of German Studies, University of Warwick

  • 2006

    Dissertation at the Institute for English Philology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

  • 2003-2006

    Ph.D. Fellowship from the German National Academic Foundation

  • 2002

    Master of Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara

  • 2001-2002

    Teaching Assistant at the Department of German, Slavic and Semitic Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • 1998-2002

    Undergraduate Student in English, German and Comparative Literature at the University of Heidelberg, Cambridge University and the University of California, Santa Barbara

Featured Publication

Literature and Fascination

Literature and Fascination

Why do some texts capture us more than others; how do concepts of fascination evolve; what part does literature play in this; and how can literary fascination be pinpointed and conceptualised? Offering detailed case studies that include texts by William Shakespeare, S.T. Coleridge, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Joseph Conrad, Don DeLillo, and Ian McEwan, this study investigates various mechanisms of fascination across different verbal media of attraction. It illuminates the ways in which these texts are designed, presented, and received and develops fascination as a key concept of aesthetic attraction that provides insight into our understanding of how perception functions with regard to literature and how it has evolved. Synthesizing these analyses, the book argues that narratives of fascination essentially work with medusamorphosis, a concept that takes its cue from the Gorgon Medusa and aids the analysis of key mechanisms used to elicit fascination. Sibylle Baumbach. Literature and Fascination. August 2015

Activities

Publications

  • Voice, Face, and Fascination: The Art of Physiognomy in A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Sibylle Baumbach. "Voice, Face, and Fascination: The Art of Physiognomy in A Midsummer Night's Dream." Shakespeare Survey 65 (2012): 77-91.

  • Let Me Behold Thy Face: Physiognomik und Gesichtslektüren in Shakespeares Tragödien

    Sibylle Baumbach. 'Let me behold thy face' – Physiognomik und Gesichtslektüren in Shakespeares Tragödien. Heidelberg: Winter 2007.

  • Totgesagte streiten länger: Das Elysium als Austragungsort gelehrter Polemik in George Lytteltons Dialogues of the Dead

    Sibylle Baumbach. "Totgesagte streiten länger: Das Elysium als Austragungsort gelehrter Polemik in George Lytteltons Dialogues of the Dead." Zeitsprünge – Forschungen zur Frühen Neuzeit 15 (2011): 404-426.

  • Medusa's Gaze and the Aesthetics of Fascination.

    Sibylle Baumbach. "Medusa's Gaze and the Aesthetics of Fascination." Anglia 128/2 (2010): 225-245.

  • Regions of Culture – Regions of Identity / Kulturregionen – Identitätsregionen.

    Sibylle Baumbach (Hrsg.). Regions of Culture – Regions of Identity / Kulturregionen – Identitätsregionen. Trier: WVT 2010.

  • Publication list

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