Prof. Dr. Philipp Schweighauser

Professor of American and General Literatures

Philipp Schweighauser is Associate Professor and Head of American and General Literatures. He joined the Department of English in 2009 and is currently serving as the Head of English. Before coming to Basel in 2009, his research and teaching had taken him to the Universities of Basel, UC Irvine, Berne, and Göttingen. He has worked on a wide variety of issues in American Studies, but his main foci are 18th to 20th American literature and culture; literary, cultural, and media theory and history; literature and science; soundscape studies; life writing; and aesthetics. He is the author of The Noises of American Literature, 1890-1985: Toward a History of Literary Acoustics (UP Florida, 2006) and Beautiful Deceptions: European Aesthetics, the Early American Novel, and Illusionist Art (U of Virginia P, 2016), the co-editor of a special issue on Aesthetics in the 21st Century (Punctum Books, 2014), and the co-editor of four essay collections: Teaching Nineteenth-Century American Poetry (MLA, 2007), Terrorism, Media, and the Ethics of Fiction: Transatlantic Perspectives on Don DeLillo (Continuum, 2010), Haunted Narratives: Life Writing in an Age of Trauma (U of Toronto P, 2013), and Literature, Ethics, Morality: American Studies Perspectives (Gunter Narr, 2015). He is currently directing two research projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation: "Of Cultural, Poetic, and Medial Alterity" (2014-2017) and "Beckett's Media System: A Comparative Study in Multimediality" (2015-2018). He is the President of the Swiss Association for North American Studies.

Consultation hour: by appointment


To students:
PAPERS: If you intend to write a paper (critical paper, seminar paper, MA thesis) with me, please carefully study the Manual for Writers of Papers in Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies [PDF (716 KB)] and complete the Prospectus for Writers of Papers in Literature and Culture Studies [DOC (47 KB)] before you come to a consultation hour.

: If you intend to take your BA or MA exam with me, please first consult the relevant study regulations (BA, MA) and the exam procedures, then arrange a consultation hour with me.


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