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Dr Heide Kunzelmann

Lecturer in German

School Director of Recruitment

Office: CG35

Office Hours: Friday 9-10am


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 Modern Languages Research (IMLR) at the University of London, a position she continued to hold in connection with the Lectureship in German at Kent until August 2017.

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, as well as on theories of authorship and change. She writes for the Times Literary Supplement and has appeared in the BBC Radio 3 series Free Thinking.

In 2015, Heide Kunzelmann was awarded the Kent Union Teaching Prize for ‘Best Academic Advisor'. She teaches on the Modern Languages UG and PG programme and welcomes topics for thesis supervision in the field of German and Austrian cultural history and literature of the 20th and 21st century, as well as on authorship theory.

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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 Großbritannien. 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. (2015). Wirklichkeit als Versuchsanordnung. Postavantgardistisches Schreiben in der österreichischen Gegenwartsliteratur des Postmilleniums am Beispiel von Thomas Glavinic; By NORA BOECKL; Konnex. Studien im Schnittbereich von Literatur, Kultur und Natur. Ed. by ANDREA BARTL, Bd. 13 (Würzburg, Königshausen & Neumann); 203 pgs. Austrian Studies 23:195-197.
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: 14 [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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