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.