Portrait of Dr Tobias Heinrich

Dr Tobias Heinrich

Lecturer in German


Dr Tobias Heinrich studied at the University of Vienna and the Humboldt University Berlin. Before before joining the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Kent in 2017, he taught at the University of Oxford and the University of Vienna. 

From 2012-2014, he was Deputy Director of the Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography.

Tobias has published on German literature from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century, on authors like Johann Wilhelm Gleim, Johann Gottfried Herder, Christoph Martin Wieland, Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Alexander Kluge. He is particularly interested in questions of Life Writing, which are addressed in a monograph on Theories of Biography circa 1800 (Leben lesen. Theorien der Biographie um 1800) that appeared with Böhlau in 2016. He is also member of the editorial board for the European Journal of Life Writing.

Tobias is happy to meet students face-to-face or via Microsoft Teams during office hours. Please send a brief message beforehand, so he knows which is most suitable for you.  

Research interests

Tobias' main research interests are in German literature of the eighteenth century, historical and contemporary genres of life writing, literary theory and Austrian literature and film. 

His current research project investigates the ways in which the epistolary culture of German Enlightenment resembles current practices in social media.  


Tobias teaches modern German literature, culture and language.

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