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Dr Tobias Heinrich

Lecturer in German


Office: Cornwallis North West 228

Office hours: Tuesday 15.00-17.00


Tobias Heinrich is Lecturer in German at the University of Kent, teaching modules in modern literature, culture and language. He studied at the University of Vienna and the Humboldt University Berlin. Before joining the department in the autumn term of 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.

He 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' 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.


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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Heinrich, T. (2016). Leben lesen. Zur Theorie der Biographie um 1800 [Reading Lives: On the Theory of Biography circa 1800]. [Online]. Wien: Böhlau. Available at:
Heinrich, T. (2018). 'Er ist unser': The Public Appropriation of Franz Grillparzer (1871/1891). Forum for Modern Language Studies [Online] 54:335-353. Available at:
Heinrich, T. (2014). Communicative Identity in the Eighteenth Century: Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim's Epistolary Network and the Cult of Friendship. European Journal of Life Writing [Online] 3:VC 100-VC 122. Available at:
Heinrich, T. (2012). Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Die biographische Konstruktion eines Genies. Der Deutschunterricht 64:14-27.
Heinrich, T. (2009). 'This, I believe, is the only means of defying death': Johann Gottfried Herder's concept of Intellectual Biography. Lumen: Selected Proceedings from the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies [Online] 28:51-67. Available at:
Book section
Heinrich, T. (2017). The Living Memory of Biography: Johann Gottfried Herder's 'Fifth Letter on the Furtherance of Humanity'. in: Hemecker, W. and Saunders, E. eds. Biography in Theory: Key Texts with Commentaries. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, pp. 22-26. Available at:
Heinrich, T. (2016). Wieviel Goethe verträgt DaF/DaZ? Möglichkeiten im Umgang mit vermeintlich 'schwierigen' Texten. in: Ahamer, V. et al. eds. In die Welt hinaus. Festschrift für Renate Faistauer. Wien: Praesens, pp. 271-284. Available at:
Heinrich, T. (2014). Porträts, Denkmäler, Galerien. Zur Genese bildhafter Denkfiguren in der Biographik um 1800. in: Berg, G. ed. Wissenstexturen. Literaturische Gattungen als Organisationsformen von Wissen. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, pp. 105-124.
Total publications in KAR: 8 [See all in KAR]
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Tobias teaches modules in modern German literature, culture and language.

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