The Doctoral Program in Literary Studies (DPL) at the University of Basel offers doctoral students in literary studies and related fields an intensively supervised, interphilological doctoral program. More


Selected courses enable students to look beyond their own discipline in order to discover common interests, broaden their professional horizons, and establish social contacts. These include recurring doctoral colloquia, study and networking days, and retreats. In addition, once a year, the doctoral program funds a Seminar in Cultural Practice, which provides insights into various aspects of the literary market. More

Start-Up Grants

Each year, the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies awards up to three one-year start-up grants. These allow promising young researchers to develop their dissertation project and apply for follow-up funding at appropriate places. More

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Doctoral Program in Literary Studies

Dr. Dr. Christian Hänggi
University of Basel
English Department, Office 21a
Nadelberg 6
4051 Basel



[Translate to English:] Thauma(u)topoiesis

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Micha Huff publishes "Thauma(u)topoiesis"

Congratulations to Micha Huff on the publication of his book written as part of the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies: Thauma(u)topoiesis: Das Wunderbare und die narrative Refiguration im Roman (Wieland, Tieck, Goethe) (Brill-Verlag,…

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Call: Start-up Grant (CHF 30K)

The Doctoral Program calls for applications for a one-year start-up grant.
Four new books

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Four new books: Congratulations, Lucas Knierzinger, Daniel Lüthi, Thibault Martinetti, and Clea Wanner!

Four graduates of the Doctoral Program publish their works which they wrote at the University of Basel.
Beastly Writing

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Looking Back: Beastly Writing: Animal Representations in Changing Literature

Sarah Bourdely Brämer and Michaela Frey look back on the pilot of a Bachelor's course on the literary representation of animals, which they led in the fall semester 2023.
Jérôme Laubner: Vénus malade

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Jérôme Laubner appointed Maître de conférences at Montpellier, publishes "Vénus malade"

Dr. Jérôme Laubner has been appointed lecturer at the University Paul-Valéry of Montpellier in September 2023. His dissertation "Vénus malade", written when he was a member of the DPL, was published by Droz in November 2023.

Sina Dell'Anno receives Faculty Prize

The graduate of the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies is honored for her dissertation.

Start-up Grants, CHF 30,000 each: Call for Applications

The Doctoral Program in Literary Studies of the University of Basel calls for applications for two one-year start-up grants of CHF 30,000 start: 1 April 2024).
Jodok Trösch: Wild translation

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Jodok Trösch's "Wildes Übersetzen" published

Dr. Jodok Trösch develops a theory of wild translation and describes procedures of translation used as a generative mechanism to produce independent literary texts. "Wildes Übersetzen. Zu Theorie und Geschichte eines literarischen…
Moby Dick

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Beastly Writing: DPL Members Teach Course About Literary Representation of Animals

The pilot event in the fall 2023 semester is funded by the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies.
Sina Dell'Anno: Satura

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Sina Dell'Anno's "satura - Monstrous Writing in Antiquity and Enlightenment" is published

In her dissertation written as a member of the Doctoral Program in Literary Studies, alumna Dr. Sina Dell'Anno examined the textual tradition of "satura." Now her work has been published in the series "Theory of Prose" by De Gruyter Verlag.

Doctoral Program in Literary Studies | University of Basel | Dr. Dr. Christian Hänggi | Nadelberg 6 | 4051 Basel