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Heide Kunzelmann

European Literature
University of Kent


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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