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Angela Esterhammer holds a Chair in English Literature at the University of Zurich. She has recently published Romanticism and Improvisation 1750-1850 (2008) and co-edited the essay collection Spheres of Action: Speech and Performance in Romantic Culture (2009). Her current research examines interrelations among improvisational performance, print culture, periodicals, and fiction during the 1820s.