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), and on literature as performance and its cultural implications (Poetry and Community, 1990). 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) and the board of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (1998-2007). His website is at

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