Dr Tobias Heinrich

 

Austrian-Lektor

St Hugh’s College — Lady Margaret Hall — New College — St Anne’s College — Worcester College

After studying at the University of Vienna and the Humboldt University Berlin, Tobias has worked as research associate at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography. He obtained his PhD from the University of Vienna in 2013 with a thesis on German approaches to theorizing biography around 1800.  Before taking up the position as OeAD Lektor at Oxford, he has taught German language, culture and literature at the University of Vienna, Al-Azhar University in Cairo and Imperial College London.

He is member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Life Writing.

Teaching

Tobias teaches German language and contemporary German, Austrian and Swiss culture and literature.

Research

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 Late German Enlightenment resembles current practices in Social Media.

His research in language teaching focuses on the use of online resources in modular learning approaches.

Publications

Leben lesen. Zur Theorie der Biographie um 1800. Wien, Köln, Weimar: Böhlau (forthcoming 2016)

Biographie als Übersetzung: Zur Genealogie der Biographie um 1800. In: Zeitgemäße Verknüpfungen. Ergebnisse des DoktorandInnenworkshops der Wiener Germanistik, 10.11.-12.11.2012. Ed. by Peter Clar, Markus Greulich u. Birgit Springsits. Wien: Praesens 2013, pp. 254-272.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Die biographische Konstruktion eines Genies. In: Der Deutschunterricht 64 (2012), pp. 14-27.

Das lebendige Gedächtnis der Biographie: Johann Gottfried Herders “Fünfter Brief zu Beförderung der Humanität”. In: Theorie der Biographie: Grundlagentexte und Kommentar. Ed. by Bernhard Fetz und Wilhelm Hemecker. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter 2011, pp. 23-27.

“This, I believe, is the only means of defying death”: Johann Gottfried Herder’s Concept of Intellectual Biography. In: Lumen 28 (2010), pp. 51-67.

Biographie als Hermeneutik. Johann Gottfried Herders biographischer Essay Über Thomas Abbts Schriften. In: Die Biographie — Beiträge zu ihrer Geschichte. Ed. by Wilhelm Hemecker. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter 2009, pp. 13-41.

Die montierte Biographie. Alexander Kluges Lebensläufe als Modell ‘offener’ Biographik. In: Die Biographie — Beiträge zu ihrer Geschichte. Ed. by Wilhelm Hemecker. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter 2009, pp. 367-392.

Respondenz zu Wolfgang Lederhaas’ “as queer as wieland”. In: Queer Reading in den Philologien. Modelle und Anwendungen. Ed. by Anna Babka und Susanne Hochreiter. Göttingen: V&R unipress 2009, pp. 197-200 (with Lena Brandauer).

 

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