is an academic in the field of cultural and literary studies. She studied German language and literature in Zurich, obtained a doctoral degree in 1991 with a dissertation on Elfriede Jelinek and completed her habilitation at the Technical University Berlin in 2002. Since 2004 she has been a professor at the Zurich University of the Arts. From 2005 to 2009 she was a member of the Literature Club on Swiss television and in 2012 a panel member for the Ingeborg Bachmann Award. The areas of emphasis in her work are contemporary literature, the relationship between different forms of art, artistic research, and death.