Profile - Balz Engler

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Balz Engler is Professor emeritus of English Literature at Basel University, Switzerland. He has published a critical edition of Shakespeare’s Othello (1976), which includes a German prose translation of the play. He has written books on Shakespeare translation (Rudolf Alexander Schröders Uebersetzungen von Shakespeares Dramen, 1974), on the relationship between poetic texts and their modes of communicating (Reading and Listening: The Modes of Communicating Poetry and their Influence on the Texts, 1982), on literature as performance and its cultural implications (Poetry and Community, 1990) and on Constructing Shakespeares (2019). He has edited nine collections of essays, among them one on community drama (Das Festspiel, with Georg Kreis, 1988), on European English Studies: Contributions towards the History of a Discipline, two volumes (with Renate Haas, 2000 and 2008), and on Shifting the Scene: Shakespeare in European Culture (with Ladina Bezzola Lambert, 2004). He served on the boards of the European Society for the Study of English (1991-2003), the Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft (1993-2011), the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (1998-2007) and the European Shakespeare Research Association ESRA (2007-2009). His website is at

Representative articles

Representative articles

  • "Vorwort" in Balz Engler, Hrsg., Disziplin/Discipline. Fribourg: Fribourg Academic Press, 2014. 1-4.

  • "Shakespearean Passages", Peregrinations of the Text: Reading, Translation, Rewriting. Essays  in Honour of Alexander Shurbanov. Ed. Evgenia Pancheva, Christo  Stamenov, Maria Pipeva and Georgi Niagolov. Sofia: Sofia University  Press, 2013. 21-25.

  • "The Editor as Translator," Shakespeare Survey 59 (2006), 193-97.

  • "Constructing Shakespeares in Europe," Four Centuries of Shakespeare in Europe. Ed. by A. Luis Pujante and Ton Hoenselaars. Newark, Del.: University of Delaware Press, 2003, 26-39.

  • "Der Stein sich leise hebt: Das Shakespeare-Denkmal in Weimar," Shakespeare-Jahrbuch 139, 2002, 146-60.

  • "Shakespeare in the Trenches." In Alexander, Catherine M.S., and Wells, Stanley, eds. Shakespeare and Race. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 101-111.

  • "Englishness and English Studies" in Engler, Balz, and Haas, Renate, eds. European English Studies: Contributions towards the History of a Discipline, Leicester: The English Association, 2000. 335-48.

  • "Postdisciplinarity." Language and Literature Today: Proceedings of the XIXth Triennial Congress of the FILLM. Brasilia: Universidade de Brasilia, 1996. 852-59.

  • "Else my project fails: Applause and the authority of Shakespeare's texts." Cahiers Elisabéthains 44. 1993. 23-31.

  • "The Poem and Occasion." In Peter Verdonk, ed. Twentieth Century Poetry: From Text to Context. London: Routledge, 1993. 159-70.

  • "Reading Hopkins Writing." In The Authentic Cadence: Centennial Essays on Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. Anthony Mortimer. SEGES, n.s. 10. Fribourg: Fribourg University Press, 1992. 143-51.

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