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Dr Heide Kunzelmann

Lecturer in German

Director of Recruitment

Office: CG35


Heide Kunzelmann studied at the Universities of Vienna, Graz and Glasgow for her undergraduate degree, and then obtained an MA in German Literature at Bowling Green State University, Ohio while she was in the USA on a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in 2001. In 2011, she completed her doctorate at Queen Mary College, University of London with a thesis on ‘Hans-Carl Artmann and the Apolitical Avantgarde. A Study of Protean Authorship'.

In the same year, she was appointed Director of the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature at the Institute of Germanic Studies at the University of London, a position she continues to hold in connection with the Lectureship in German at Kent. The IBC is a centre at the School of Advanced Studies that facilitates Austrian literary and cultural research in and outside the UK. The promotion of an Austrian Studies network is also the main focus of the blog

Before coming to Kent, Dr Kunzelmann was College and University lecturer in German and Austrian Studies, first as a Lektorin in the Austrian Academic Exchange Programme at Aston University Birmingham 2003-2007, and then as a Sessional lecturer at Royal Holloway University of London, the University of Nottingham, and Queen Mary. Her research focuses on post-war Austrian literature and culture, especially the Austrian avant-garde and the Wiener Gruppe, and on theories of authorship and change. Her current research is on the theoretical foundation of the ‘protean’ in postmodern literature and on the ‘irritated self’ in literature and the aspect of ‘instability’ as aesthetic strategy. She also works on Austrian Intellectual History.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Kunzelmann, H. (2013). ich bin ja der Proteus : H.C. Artmanns Poetik der Wandelbarkeit. Vienna, Austria: Sonderzahl.
Edited book
Kunzelmann, H. and Simon, A. eds. (2016). The Window. Motif and Topos in Austrian, German and Swiss Art and Literature. [Online]. Munich, Germany: Iudicium. Available at:
Kunzelmann, H. ed. (2012). Zwei Wochen in England. Österreichische AutorInnen in Grobritannien. Wien: Sonderzahl.
Kunzelmann, H. ed. (2011). Rüdiger Görner: Sprachrausch und Sprachverlust. Essays zur österreichischen Literatur von Hofmannsthal; bis Mayröcker. Wien: Sonderzahl.
Kunzelmann, H., Liebscher, M. and Eicher, T. eds. (2006). Kontinuitäten und Brüche. Österreichs literarischer Wiederaufbau nach 1945. Athena-Verlag.
Kunzelmann, H. (2015). Make or Break?: Instability as an Aesthetic Tool in Progressive Austrian Literature from 1945 to 1955. Journal of Austrian Studies [Online] 48:89-108. Available at:
Book section
Kunzelmann, H. and Mayerhofer, E. (2014). Viennese Inertia: Cultural and Political Deceleration and Local Identity Construction. in: Hemelryk Donald, S. and Lindner, C. eds. Inert Cities. Globalization, Mobility and Suspension of Visual Culture. London: I.B.Tauris, pp. 129-152.
Kunzelmann, H. (2011). "Zuhaelter der Woerter": H. C. Artmanns erotische Poetologie. in: Ruthner, C. and Whitinger, R. eds. Contested Passions: Sexuality, Eroticism, and Gender in Modern Austrian Literature and Culture. New York, Frankfurk, Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 327-349. Available at:
Kunzelmann, H. (2010). Posthumer Epitext: Die Bibliothek H.C. Artmann. in: Schuster, M. -O. ed. Aufbau wozu: Neues zu H. C. Artmann. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, pp. 227-254.
Kunzelmann, H. (2006). Kontinuitäten und Brüche. Österreichs literarischer Wiederaufbau nach 1945. in: Kunzelmann, H., Leibscher, M. and Eicher, T. eds. Kontinuitäten und Brüche. Österreichs literarischer Wiederaufbau nach 1945. Dortmund: Athena, pp. 7-20.
Kunzelmann, H. (2011). Review of 'Das multiple Subjekt. Randgänge ästhetischer Subjektivität bei Fernando Pessoa, Samuel Beckett und Friederike Mayröcker'. Modern Austrian Literature 44:106-107.
Kunzelmann, H. (2010). Review of 'Poetry in a Provisional State: The Austrian Lyric 1945-1955'. Austrian Studies 17:213-214.
Kunzelmann, H. (2007). Review of: 'Kleine Prosa in der Moderne und Gegenwart'. Zeitschrift fuer Germanistik 17:264-265.
Total publications in KAR: 13 [See all in KAR]
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Heide Kunzelmann teaches modules on modern German literature and culture and on the German language.

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