Dr. Kirsten Stirling, Senior Lecturer


Kirsten Stirling is a maître d’enseignement et de recherche (senior lecturer) in the English department of the University of Lausanne, where she has taught since 1998. She studied at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where she got both her MA (1995) and her PhD (2001). Her research interests include Scottish Literature (especially twentieth century); early modern poetry (especially the poetry of John Donne); and J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Her current book project, provisionally titled Donne Picturing God, explores relationships between Donne’s poetry and religious visual art. She is the president of the John Donne Society for the year 2017-18.

Selected publications:

‘Liturgical Poetry’ in The Oxford Handbook of Donne Studies, ed. by Dennis Flynn, Jeanne Shami and M. Thomas Hester. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

‘Absence and Presence in “Resurrection, imperfect”.’ John Donne Journal 29 (2010): 207-217

‘Dr Donne’s art gallery and the imago dei’, John Donne Journal 27 (2008).

‘Lutheran imagery and Donne’s “picture of Christ crucified”’, John Donne Journal 26 (2007).

‘“Imagined corners”: time, space and the Last Judgement in John Donne’s Last Judgement Holy Sonnets’, Word and Image 21.3, (July-September 2005).

‘The shape of things to come: writing the map of Scotland’ in Scotland’s Boundaries and Identities: Nation, Politics and Culture in Scotland. Dundee: U. of Abertay Press, 2001.

‘Imagined bodies and the landscape of home: woman as nation in the fiction of Alasdair Gray’ in Susanne Hagemann ed., Terranglian Territories: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Literature of Region and Nation. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang 2000.

Sonia Pernet, doctoral student

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Sonia Pernet is a doctoral student in the English Departement of the University of Lausanne. After obtaining her BA in Lausanne, she completed her Eighteenth-Century Studies MA in 2013 at King’s College, London, with a dissertation titled ‘Observing the Night Sky: The Unifying Quest for God in Young’s Night Thoughts and Barbauld’s “A Summer Evening’s Meditation”‘. Following her interest in the perception and representation of the divine, her PhD dissertation explores the fluid imagery in the sermons of John Donne as a means to convey the abstract concept of the divine through graspable, concrete images to his various audiences. Research interests include imagery in religious texts, textual and metaphorical representations of the divine, Renaissance preaching and iconoclasm.

Conference papers:

‘“Where there is a frequent preaching, there is no necessity of pictures”: John Donne’s Preaching as a Substitute for Visual Images’, upcoming SAMEMES conference (Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies), September 2016.

A longer version of the ‘Fertile Waters’ paper was presented at the CREMS (Centre for Reformation and Early Modern History) seminar series at the University of Birmingham, January 2016.

‘Fluent Grace: Spatial Imagery in Donne’s Whitsunday Sermons’, RSA annual conference (Renaissance Society of America), Berlin, March 2015.

‘Fertile Waters: “Gods Conversation with Man” in the Preaching of Donne’, John Donne Society Annual Conference, February 2015.

Kader N. Hegedüs, doctoral student


Kader Hegedüs is a doctoral student in the English Department of the University of Lausanne, where he completed his MA in 2012. His doctoral dissertation, which extends on his MA thesis on “Maps, Spheres and Places in Donnean Love”, explores how the ‘imagined’ spaces John Donne creates in his secular and divine poetry respond to and are symptomatic of changes in the ‘real’ spaces of the early modern period (in science, religion, and urban and natural environments). Research interests include the history of science, the history of religion, theories of space and place, and early modern poetry.


‘”Love, let me Some senseless piece of this place be”: landscape, body, and the “creature of place” in Donne’s Songs and Sonnets‘, English 65.251 (2016): 295-309. doi: 10.1093/english/efw036

Conference papers:

‘”Love let me Some senseless piece of this place be”: transformative landscape, body, and the “creature of place” in the Songs and Sonnets’, John Donne Society Annual Conference, Baton Rouge (LA), February 2016.

‘The “Re-Formation” of Sacred Space in John Donne’s “The Canonization”‘, CUSO (Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale) Doctoral Workshop in Medieval and Early Modern English Studies, University of Geneva, May 2015.

‘A Representational Compromise: Cartography and Donne’s Spatial Approach to Poetry’, RSA annual conference (Renaissance Society of America), Berlin, March 2015.

‘Donne’s “Production of Space”: A Lefebvrian Approach to the Songs and Sonnets’, Reconsidering Donne Conference, Lincoln College, Oxford, March 2015.