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Dimiter Daphinoff

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Curriculum

Born in Sofia in 1950, Dimiter Daphinoff grew up in Switzerland. After obtaining his baccalaureate in 1969, he studied English and German Literatures at the Universities of Berne, Munich and St Andrews. He received his PhD on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra from the University of Berne in 1978, and went on a Postdoctoral Scholarship to Yale University (USA) in 1979 where he worked with Martin Price, Ronald Paulson and J. Hillis Miller. In 1983 he submitted his Habilitationsschrift on Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa to the University of Berne (publ. 1986) and was awarded a venia legendi in Modern English Literature.
He taught as a Privatdozent and Lecturer at the University of Berne from 1983 until 1987. In 1984 he was appointed Professor of English Literature at the University of Fribourg. Dimiter Daphinoff was a Guest Professor at the Universities of Lausanne (1985) and Zürich (twice, 1988-1989). He was the Founding Director of the Institute of Comparative Literature at Fribourg (1999-2002) and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Letters (2003-2005). From 2005 until 2009 he served as Head of the Department of English and Slavonic Studies. In 2010 he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of St Andrews.

Dimiter Daphinoff has published widely on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, on Samuel Richardson and the 18th-century novel, on Byron, and on contemporary drama and fiction. His work in progress includes a book-length study on Caroline drama, and articles on Byron, turn-of-the-century dystopias, Vladimir Nabokov, and on the literature of terrorism.

 Books

  • Daphinoff, Dimiter, and Barbara Hallensleben, eds. Unsterblichkeit: Vom Mut zum Ende. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2012.

  • Austenfeld, Thomas, Dimiter Daphinoff, and Jens Herlth, eds. Terrorism and Narrative Practice. Berlin/Wien/Münster: LIT Verlag, 2011.

  • Coelsch-Foisner, Sabine, and Dimiter Daphinoff, gen. eds. Wissenschaft und Kunst. Heidelberg: Universitätsvelag Winter, 2005.

  • Daphinoff, Dimiter, and Edgar Marsch, eds.. Fin de siècle – Zeitenwende. Beiträge zu einem interdisziplinären Gespräch. Freiburg: Universitätsverlag, 1998.

  • Lady Elizabeth Echlin, An Alternative Ending to Richardson's "Clarissa", ed. Dimiter Daphinoff (Bern: Francke, 1982)
  • Samuel Richardsons "Clarissa": Text, Rezeption und Interpretation (Bern: Francke, 1986).
  • Der Wald. Beiträge zu einem interdisziplinären Gespräch, ed. Dimiter Daphinoff (Fribourg: University Press, 1993).
  • William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra / Antonius und Kleopatra. Deutsche Prosafassung, Anmerkungen, Einleitung und Kommentar von Dimiter Daphinoff (Tübingen: Francke, 1995).
  • Hamlet on Screen (Shakespeare Yearbook 8), ed. Holger Klein and Dimiter Daphinoff (Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen, 1997).
  • Fin de siècle - Zeitenwende. Beiträge zu einem interdisziplinären Gespräch, ed. Dimiter Daphinoff and Edgar Marsch (Fribourg: University Press, 1998).

 

Articles

  • „Sakraler Raum, Erinnerungsraum und das Ringen um Deutungshoheit: T.S. Eliots Murder in the Cathedral und G.B. Shaws Saint Joan.” Orte und Räume des Religiösen im 19.-21. Jahrhundert. Ed. Franziska Metzger und Elke Pahud de Mortanges. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2016. 121-132.
  • „’After All, What Is This Life Itself?’: Humanist Contexts of Death and Immortality in Katherine Anne Porter’s Ship of Fools. “Katherine Anne Porter’s Ship of Fools: New Interpretations and Transatlantic Contexts. Ed. Thomas Austenfeld. Denton, Texas: University of North Texas Press, 2015. 31-47.
  • „Visions of Immortality in English Literature.” Unsterblichkeit: Vom Mut zum Ende. Ed. Dimiter Daphinoff and Barbara Hallensleben. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2012. 207-17.
  • „Catastrophe Observed from an Unsafe Distance: Terrorism and the Literary Imagination.” Terrorism and Narrative Practice. Ed. Thomas Austenfeld, Dimiter Daphinoff, and Jens Herlth. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2011. 81-98.
  • Verfremdung. Lexikalisches Stichwort in Reallexikon der deutschen Literaturgeschichte, ed. Werner Kohlschmidt et al. (Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 1982), IV. 613-26.
  • 'None Can Be Called Deformed but the Unkind': Disruption of Norms in Twelfth Night, in On Strangeness, ed. Margaret Bridges (Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 1990), 99-112. (=Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature [SPELL]
  • Der Wald im englischen Roman des 18. Jahrhunderts, in Der Wald. Beiträge zu einem interdisziplinären Gespräch, ed. Dimiter Daphinoff (Fribourg: University Press, 1993), 137-56.
  • How Conservative Was John Ford?, in Jacobean Drama as Social Criticism, ed. James Hogg (Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen, 1995), 231-38.
  • Tradition et innovation dans The Life and Repentance of Mary Magdalene de Lewis Wager (1566), in Actes du Colloque "Marie-Madeleine dans la littérature et dans les arts", ed. Yves Giraud (Fribourg: University Press, 1996), 85-97.
  • Traum und Wirklichkeit bei Shakespeare, in Der Traum. Beiträge zu einem interdisziplinären Gespräch, ed. Edgar Marsch (Fribourg: University Press, 1996), 17- 32.
  • Boulevardstück. Lexikalisches Stichwort in Reallexikon der deutschen Literaturwissenschaft. Neubearbeitung des Reallexikons der deutschen Literaturgeschichte, ed. Klaus Weimar et al. Vol. I (Berlin: de Gruyter, 1997), 246-49.
  • Hamlet, Hamletta, Telmahs und der Hamletismus, in Shakespeare Jahrbuch 133 (1997), 310-21.
  • 'Too venturous poesy': Subversive Desire in English Poetry, in Colloquium Helveticum 29 (2001), 11-26.
  • Heroic Bodies - Feeble Minds? An Aspect of Dryden's Drama, in Dryden and Neo- Classicism, ed. Holger Klein et al. (Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen, 2001) [in press]
  • Daphinoff, Dimiter. “In die Krise – aus der Krise. Bemerkungen zu einer verunsicherten Wissenschaft”. Jan Erik Antonsen, Maria-Christina Boerner, Sabine Haupt, and Reto Sorg, eds. Was heisst und zu welchem Ende studiert man Literaturwissenschaft ?: Festschrift für Stefan Bodo Würffel zum 65. Geburtstag. München: Wilhelm Fink, 2009. 51-58