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The following is a complete list of Martin Mühlheim's academic publications and activities, subdivided into four categories: articles, academic conferences, (co-)edited publications, and unpublished work. The list of academic publications is followed by a selection of other publications and activities.


  1. Fictions of Home: Narratives of Alienation and Belonging, 1850-2000. Schweizer Anglistische Arbeiten / Swiss Studies in English 143. Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto, 2018. [Includes discussions of Steven Spielberg's E. T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick: or, The Whale, George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, Pat Barker's Union Street, and Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides.]


  1. with Adina Krieger. "Imagining Collective Freedom: Critical Master Narratives, the Haitian Revolution, and Traditions of Resistance in Ralph Ellison's "Mister Toussan." [provisional title; in preparation]
  2. "Liberian Literature: A Survey of the Anglophone Tradition, 1811-2020." [in preparation]
  3. "'Black But Comely': Settler-Colonial Identity, African Whiteness, and Intertextuality in James L. Sims's Travel Narrative 'Scenes in the Interior of Liberia' (1858)." SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Literature and Linguistics 41 (2022): 71-97.
  4. "Dada Zurich in Anglophone Literatures: Trends, Trivia, and Methodological Traps." Die Wiederkehr von DADA / The Return of DADA / Le Retour de DADA. Vol. 3. Eds. Agathe Mareuge and Sandro Zanetti. Dijon: Les presses du réel, 2022. 57-80.
  5. "Meaningful Lines." (PDF, 2 MB) Babylonia 2 (2020): 34-41. [An essay that proposes some concrete ways of teaching the visual form of comics and graphic novels (e.g. the influence of panel shapes on visual storytelling).]
  6. "Dissecting Sacrificial Logic: Markus Werner's Bis bald, Hartmann von Aue's Der arme Heinrich, and the Ethics of Intentional Suffering." Making Sacrifices - Opfer bringen: Visions of Sacrifice in European and American Cultures - Opfervorstellungen in europäischen und amerikanischen Kulturen. Eds. Nicholas Brooks and Gregor Thuswaldner. Symphilologus 1. Vienna: New Academic Press, 2016. 160-178. [Proposes a structural model of sacrifice and illustrates its usefulness in the analysis of Markus Werner's 1992 novel and its key intertext, Hartman von Aue's medieval tale.]
  7. "Slippery Subjects: Intersecting Economies of Genre in Gay Male Coming-Out Films, 1995–2015." Economies of Genre. Eds. Martin Leer and Genoveva Puskás. SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 33. Tübingen: Narr, 2016. 199-223. [This paper documents and explains the frequency of one particular motif – boys or men going swimming – and proposes a methodology for dealing with a large copus of film (distant watching, based on Franco Moretti's concept of distant reading).]
  8. "Resisting Governmental Illegalisation: Xenophobia and Otherness in Steven Spielberg's E. T.: The Extra-Terrestrial." Experiencing Otherness: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Eds. Hassan Bashir and Susmita Roy. At the Interface. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2014. 3-12.
  9. "Keramik, Knollenfrüchte und Kinderbücher: Eine postkoloniale Spurensuche in Zürich." Postkoloniale Schweiz: Formen und Folgen eines Kolonialismus ohne Kolonien. Eds. Patricia Purtschert, Barbara Lüthi and Francesca Falk. Postcolonial Studies 10. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2012. 157-174. [Three case studies that examine the lasting impact of colonialism in the city of Zurich.]
  10. "Between Wild West and Pastoral Peace: Nature, Gender, and Tragedy in Annie Proulx's 'Brokeback Mountain'." Forces of Nature: Natural(izing) Gender and Gender(ing) Nature in the Discourses of Western Culture. Eds. Bernadette H. Hyner and Precious McKenzie Stearns. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2009. 210-241.
  11. (with Martin Heusser). "Narrative Space and the Location of Meaning." Academic Exchange Quarterly 11.1 (2007): 26-31. [Introduces and exemplifies a narratological approach to the analysis of space with a reading of Janet Frame's short story "You Are Now Entering the Human Heart."]
  12. "Hot Topics, Professed Beliefs, and Dissenting Voices: Theoretical Comments on Politics, Ideology, and Fiction." Variations 13 (2005): 133-145. [Includes discussions of George Orwell's Animal Farm, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, and Forman Brown's Better Angel.]


  1. "Fictions of Home: Narratives of Alienation and Belonging, 1850-2000." Diss. University of Zurich, 2013. [The revised, published version is listed under "Monographs" above.]
  2. "Past the Game of Fiction: History, Reconstruction, and Ideology in Five Narratives from the English-Speaking World." Lizenziatsarbeit. University of Zurich, 2004. [Includes discussions of Christopher Nolan's Memento, Barry Unsworth's Morality Play, Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides, William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, and Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children.]
  3. "'... dass über die Verwerflichkeit der genannten Handlungen gewiss Einheit besteht, nicht aber über die Grenze der Strafbarkeit': Die Diskussion um die strafrechtliche Stellung der Homosexualität im Kanton Zürich von 1798 bis 1942." (PDF, 259 KB) Seminar paper. University of Zurich, 2003.

Academic Conferences & Workshops

  1. "Histories of Liberian Literature: Surveying a Fragmented Field." 29 August 2022. ESSE 2022, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz, Germany. 29 August-2 September 2022. [Also co-organizer of two seminar sessions on "English in Liberia: Language and Literature, with Dr. Lucia Siebers.]
  2. "Distant Readings and Close Encounters: The 'Switzerland in Irish Poetry' Project." 2 September 2021. EFACIS 2021: Interfaces and Dialogues. Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic [conducted online]. 1-4 September 2021.
  3. "'Black But Comely': Americo-Liberian Identity and Intertextual Containment in a Nineteenth-Century Narrative of Colonial Exploration." 14 May 2021. SAUTE 2021: Migration and Contact. University of Zurich, Switzerland. 14-15 May 2021.
  4. "Language and Vision: Iris Murdoch's Moral Philosophy Today." 6 July 2019. Murdoch Germanica? University of Zurich, Switzerland, 6-7 July 2019.
  5. One Hundred Years That Shook the World: Failures, Legacies, and Futures of the Russian Revolution. University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. 6-7 October 2017. [Chairing the panel "Commemorating the Revolution and the Politics of Remembrance."]
  6. "Slippery Subjects: Intersecting Economies of Genre in Coming-Out Films, 1995-2015." 25 April 2015. SAUTE 2015: Economies of English. Université de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland. 24-25 April 2015.
  7. "Zurich in Anglophone Literatures: Reflections on Economic Development, Political Power, and the Shape of the Cultural Imaginary." 28 January 2014. (Re-)Thinking Global Connectedness: Critical Perspectives on Globalization. Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar. 26-28 January 2014.
  8. "If Travel Doesn't Work: Emerson and the Ethics of Labor in Herman Melville's Moby-Dick: or, The Whale." 30 November 2013. Travelling Narratives: Modernity and the Spatial Imaginary. University of Zurich, Switzerland. 29 November-1 December 2013. 
  9. "Zurich in Anglophone Literatures: A Draft." (Participant.) 19 October 2013. CUSO Workshop Literary Geographies. University of Basel, Switzerland. 18-19 October 2013.
  10. "Resisting Governmental Illegalization: Xenophobia and Otherness in Steven Spielberg's E. T.: The Extra-Terrestrial." 6 September 2013. Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners: A Diversity and Recognition Project. Mansfield College, Oxford, UK. 5-7 September 2013.
  11. "'Everybody Seemed to Have to Have a Home': Memory and the Nightmare of Belonging in William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!" 8 June 2012. Belonging: Cultural Topographies of Identity. UCD School of Languages and Literatures, Dublin, Ireland. 8-9 June 2012.
  12. "America's Fall from Grace: Mourning Suburban Innocence in Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides." 17 June 2011. Peripheral Visions: Suburbs, Representation and Innovation. Centre for Suburban Studies, Kingston University, London, UK. 17-18 June 2011.
  13. "'Whoever Was Watching': Speech Representation, Point of View, and Class in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway." 10 June 2011. Contradictory Woolf: 21st Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, UK. 9-12 June 2011.
  14. Images of Illegalized Immigration. Centre of Competence on Africa, University of Basel, Switzerland. 31 August - 1 September 2009. [Chairing the panel "Images and Border."]
  15. "Reading a Community on the Edge: Social, Generic, and Textual Boundaries in Pat Barker's Union Street." 10 July 2008. The Novel and Its Borders. Centre for the Novel, University of Aberdeen. Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. 8-10 July 2008.
  16. "Adapting the Undead: Infidelity, Metafiction, and Excess in Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula." 6 June 2008. Reading Visual Media. Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale (CUSO). Crêt-Bérard VD, Switzerland. 6-8 June 2008.
  17. "Alienation and Resistance: Cultural Narratives and Identity in Forman Brown's Better Angel and Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony." 23 June 2006. Constructing Identities. Graduate School in Humanities, University of Cardiff, Wales, UK. 22-23 June 2006.

Guest Lectures

  1. "'The Ghost That Tried Them So': American Gothic, Slavery, and Trauma in Toni Morrison's Beloved. Guest lecture in Prof. Dr. Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet’s Course “Explication de textes: Toni Morrison” (Fall 2021). Université de Lausanne, Switzerland. 7 December 2021. [Delivered via Zoom due to COVID-19.]
  2. "African Americans and Anglophone Liberian Literature." Guest lecture in Prof. Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet's course "African American Literature" (Spring 2021). Université de Lausanne, Switzerland. 26 April 2021. [Delivered via Zoom due to COVID-19.]
  3. "'A Little Island of Freed Slaves': The Haitian Revolution in African American Literature." Guest lecture in Prof. Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet's course "Explication de textes : African American Poetry" (Spring 2020). Université de Lausanne, Switzerland. 17 March 2020. [Delivered as podcast due to COVID-19.]
  4. "Fort fort, Dada: Verdrängte Frauen der Avantgarde." Guest lecture in Francesca Falk's lecture "Geschichte und Gegenwart der Gleichberechtigung und des Feminismus." Université de Fribourg, Switzerland. 5 December 2019.
  5. "The Prey of these Vultures: The Haitian Revolution in Anglophone Literatures, 1798 to the Present." Guest lecture in the English Department's Research Seminar Series. Université de Lausanne, Switzerland. 28 November 2018.
  6. "Metaphors in Fiction and Film." Guest lecture in Dr. Magdalena Leitner's course "Metaphor." University of Zurich, Switzerland. 27 November 2018.
  7. "Dealing with the Unspeakable: The Haitian Revolution." Guest Lecture in Prof. Dr. Ana Sobral's lecture "Introduction to Postcolonial Studies." University of Zurich, Switzerland. 15 November 2018.
  8. "Wasser in Coming-Out Filmen." Guest lecture in Dr. Franziska Heller's course "Wasser und Film: Fliessen, Strömen, Eintauchen - zur Phänomenologie sinnlichen Erzählens." University of Zurich, Switzerland. 10 May 2017.
  9. "How to Do Research: Method vs. Theory?" Guest lecture in Prof. Dr. Barbara von Orelli's course "Kolloquium für Abschlusskandidatinnen und -kandidaten" University of Zurich, Switzerland. 14 October 2015.
  10. "Robert Browning's 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came.'" Guest lecture in Dr. Enit Steiner's course "Explication de textes: Victorian Poetry." Université de Lausanne, Switzerland. 30 September 2014.

Public Talks, Podium Discussions, etc.

  1. contributor to workshop "Partizipation Kunst Museum Winterthur." 16 April 2024. Kunst Museum Winterthur. [Event organized by Franziska Dürr & Stefanie Bieri.]
  2. contributor to participatory event and roundtable "Kultur – wir machen." 15 February 2024. Kunstmuseum St. Gallen [Event organized by Daniela Mittelholzer & Franziska Dürr.]
  3. with Anna-Tina Jedele, Rémi Jacard, and Käthe Wünsch. "The Rime of the Modern Mariner von Nick Hayes." 20 October 2022. Strauhof, Zürich. [Podium Discussion in the context of an exhibition on Climate Fiction.]
  4. with Andreas Fischer. "Joyce in Zurich." Lecture Series James Joyce: Works, Contexts. Impact. 12 October 2022. [Public lecture series, via Zoom.]
  5. "Oscar Wilde and Roger Casement: Two Gay Irish Saints?" Lecture Series Ireland in the World. 20 October 2021. [Public lecture series, via Zoom.]
  6. "Reading with the Liberian Poet, Playwright, and Critic Kona Khasu." Stiftung Litar, Zurich. 19 October 2021. [Public event, via Zoom: Brief introduction to Liberian history and Kona Khasu's poetry, with Léa Gbeassor.]
  7. "Inseln – auf den Spuren einer Utopie." 29 September 2019. Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland. [Podium discussion on islands, Robinson Crusoe, and utopian/dystopian discourses. Moderator: Guido Baumgartner. Participants: Martin Mühlheim & Johannes Riquet.]
  8. "Hexenbilder im Wandel: Vom Märchenmotiv zum Musicalhit." 12 September 2019. Anna Göldi Museum, Ennenda, Switzerland. [Public talk: Focusing on witches in the Brothers Grimm, Oz-related texts, and Into the Woods.]
  9. "Ein Bild von einem Mann: Robinson Crusoe als Männlichkeitsfantasie." 19 June 2019. Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland. [Public talk: Featuring a series of original paintings by the Iranian artist Kamran Behrouz.]
  10. "Dada + Zurich in Anglophone Literatures." 4 October 2016. Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich. [Public event, with contributions from students. Mühlheim, Martin et al. - Dada + Zurich in Anglophone Literatures (PDF, 4 MB)]
  11. "Queer Shakespeare @ Pink Apple." 3 May 2016 (Zurich). Pink Apple: 19th Annual Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Zurich & Frauenfeld, Switzerland. 27 April-8 May 2016. [Public talk: Präsentation Queer Shakespeare @ Pink Apple (PDF, 52 MB)]
  12. with various contributors. "Der Kreis: Eine Hommage, mit Bildern, Lesungen und Musik." 3 May 2013. Pink Apple: 16th Annual Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Zurich & Frauenfeld, Switzerland. [Coordinator and writer for this event, which comprised readings, talks/interviews, and musical interludes, based on the history of the pioneering gay organization Der Kreis, Zurich, 1943-1963.]

Teaching: Bachelor & Master

Teaching: Further Education

As (Co-)Editor

  1. The Works of Kona Khasu (*1942). Online Project. 2020-present.
  2. (as assistant editor): Martin Heusser, ed. American Studies in Europe: Newsletter of the European Association for American Studies EAAS 60 (March 2008).
  3. Kavka, Misha and Bernard Schweizer. Study Guide Literature. Rev. and enlarged ed. prepared by Martin Mühlheim, Barb Breustedt and Dorota A. Smyk Bhattacharjee. Zurich: English Department (University of Zurich), 2006. [Based on: Kavka, Misha and Bernard Schweizer. A Writer's Guide to the Critical Essay. 3rd ed. Zurich: English Department (University of Zurich), 2000.]

As (Co-)Organizer

  1. (with Ana Sobral) Postkoloniale Schweiz. Film screening and podium discussion with David Henzen, Jovita dos Santos Pinto and Hans Fässler. University of Zurich, Switzerland. 17 May 2019.
  2. (with Ana Sobral) Lecture Series "Debating the Anglosphere: History, Hegemony, Identity." 2017, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  3. Zurich Workshop on the Anglosphere. (Co-organized with Prof. Dr. Ana Sobral.) University of Zurich, Switzerland. 2 September 2016.
  4. English Department - Anniversary: Celebrating 125 Years. 2016. [Main coordinator, website.]
  5. Legacies. English Department. University of Zurich, Zurich. 28 September 2007. [Member of the organizing committee, co-editor of the conference website and booklet.]

Guest Lectures Organized

  1. O'Keeffe, Susan. "The Poetic Mind of W. B. Yeats." 21 November 2023, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  2. Schuenke, Christa. "Übersetzerinnengespräch." With contributions by Katherine J. Williams (UZH English Department) and Florence Widmer (Übersetzerhaus Looren). 22 November 2022, University of Zurich, Switzerland (online). [Recording available here.]
  3. Cheeseman, Matthew (Sheffield). "Dada+Zurich in Anglophone Literatures: Burroughs and Cabaret Voltaire." 29 April 2016, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  4. Kavka, Misha (Auckland). "A Single Man: Camp and the Aesthetics of Adaptation." 19 April 2016, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  5. Stevenson, Randall (Edinburgh). "Postmodernism: Authority and After." 23 May 2013, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  6. Stevenson, Randall (Edinburgh). "Reading the Times: Modernism and Narrative Temporality." 22 May 2013, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  7. Morris, Pam (London). "How Real is Realism?" 28 March 2013, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  8. Morris, Pam (London). "Making It New? Woolf and Modernism." 27 March 2013, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  9. Eagleton, Terry (Dublin). "On Tragedy." 25 November 2010, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Miscellaneous (Selection)

  1. Gnehm, Aliena, with input by Martin Mühlheim. Learning Portfolios: A Guide for Instructors. University of Zurich, 2022. [Available on the project website "Learning Portfolios: Facets and Uses of Formative Assessments."]
  2. "Haiti: Ein historischer Überblick in 7 Thesen." Jacques Stéphen Alexis. Reflexe: Der Andere Literaturclub. Bern: artlink - Büro für Kulturkooperation, [2021]. [Seven theses about Haitian history, for a leaflet on the Haitian author Jacques Stéphen Alexis.]
  3. "Reverberations: Voices & Melodies from Joyce's Ireland." A musical evening with the Tale of the Gael. 14 March 2018. University of Zurich, Switzerland. [In collaboration with the Zurich James Joyce Foundation, and generously supported by the Dr. Wilhelm Jerg-Legat and the Max Geilinger-Stiftung.]
  4. "Zwingli, Dada, Joyce und Lenin." UZH Magazin 1 (2018): 46-47. [Mühlheim Martin - Zwingli, Dada, Joyce und Lenin (PDF, 1 MB)]
  5. "Warum Kino-Coming-Outs öfters baden gehen." Cruiser: Das grösste Schweizer Gay-Magazin July 2017: 4-7.
  6. "Slippery Subjects: Intersecting Economies of Genre in Coming-Out Films, 1995-2015." 16 May 2017. LGBTI Forschungsnacht 2017. University of Zurich.
  7. "Der Brexit und seine Folgen: Was bedeutet der Austritt Grossbritanniens aus der EU für das Englische Seminar in Zürich?". Radio interview. SRF2 Kultur. SRF 2, Zurich. 30 June 2016. [Der Brexit und seine Folgen: Was bedeutet der Austritt Grossbritanniens aus der EU für das Englische Seminar in Zürich] (MOV, 7 MB)
  8. "Versionen des Politischen." HAZ Magazin (March 2015): 14-15. [On censorship and the notion of politics in LGBTQ literature. Versionen des Politischen (PDF, 234 KB) (PDF, 228 KB)]
  9. "Zeichen der Hoffnung." Rev. of Another Country, by James Baldwin. HAZ Magazin (December 2014): 14-16. [Zeichen_der_Hoffnung.pdf (PDF, 806 KB) (PDF, 787 KB)]
  10. "Natürlich künstlich." Rev. of Billy Elliot (dir. Stephen Dalry) and Stadt Land Fluss (dir. Benjamin Cantu). HAZ Magazin (March 2013): 12-13. [On the notion of nature and what is 'natural' in two gay-themed films. Natürlich_künstlich.pdf (PDF, 359 KB) (PDF, 350 KB)]
  11. Coordinator of the Section on Censorship at Pink Apple 2012. [Pink Apple is Zurich's annual LGBT film festival.]
  12. "Bücher sollen etwas bewegen." Interview. Display (Oktober 2011): 31.
  13. (with Francesca Falk). "Passe-Partout." De la provocation à l'erreur: Droits humains et démocratie après le vote sur les minarets. Ed. Andreas Gross et al. Trans. Bénédicte Savary et al. Service Public 8. St-Ursanne: Editions le Doubs, 2011. 207-208. [French translation of "Passe-Partout," cf. below]
  14. "Prendre les peurs au sérieux." De la provocation à l'erreur: Droits humains et démocratie après le vote sur les minarets. Ed. Andreas Gross et al. Trans. Bénédicte Savary et al. Service Public 8. St-Ursanne: Editions le Doubs, 2011. 117-118. [French translation of "Vom Ernstnehmen der Ängste," cf. below]
  15. Member of the Jury for the Short Film Competition at Pink Apple 2011. [Pink Apple is Zurich's annual LGBT film festival.]
  16. Rev. of Die Stunden, by Michael Cunningham. HAZ Magazin (February 2011): 7. [Short review of the German translation of Michael Cunningham's 1998 novel The Hours.]
  17. (with Francesca Falk). "Passe-Partout." Von der Provokation zum Irrtum: Menschenrechte und Demokratie nach dem Minarett-Bauverbot. Ed. Andreas Gross et al. Service Public 7. St-Ursanne: Editions le Doubs, 2010. 252-253.
  18. "Vom Ernstnehmen der Ängste." Von der Provokation zum Irrtum: Menschenrechte und Demokratie nach dem Minarett-Bauverbot. Ed. Andreas Gross et al. Service Public 7. St-Ursanne: Editions le Doubs, 2010. 131-132.
  19. Member of the Peer Mentoring Group "Genius for Hire," which organized a series of prestigious guest lectures in 2010 and 2011.
  20. "Stimmt es, dass... wir eigentlich kein Zuhause haben?" Unijournal: Die Zeitung der Universität Zürich 38.6 (December 2008): 16.
  21. "Zwei Filme für den Sommer." Rev. of Sommersturm, by Marco Kreuzpaintner, and My Summer of Love, by Pawel Pawlikowski. Zürcher gayAgenda June 2008: 1. [Short review of two films. Zwei_Filme_für_den_Sommer (PDF, 5.89 MB) (PDF, 5 MB)]
  22. Rev. of Am Rande des Himmels, by Howard Cruse. Zürcher gayAgenda May 2007: 2. [Short review of the German translation of Howard Cruse's 1991 graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby. Rev. of Am Rande des Himmels]