Heiko Zimmermann
Heiko Zimmermann
26th Jan, 1978
Ludwigsburg, DE


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Hi there! My name is Heiko Zimmermann. I'm a lecturer in English literature and culture.

The things I'm currently doing: teaching English Literature and Culture at the University of Education Ludwigsburg, writing both scholarly papers and articles for magazines, talking at conferences, doing web and print design, discussing contemporary literature on stage, playing the guitar, growing veggies and flowers in my allotment.

Things I did in the past: writing a PhD thesis about the reconfigurations of authors and readers in digital literature, teaching literature at the Universities of Trier, Bayreuth and Sivas, and Trinity College Dublin, studying a teachers' course of Physics and English, working with mentally disabled people, writing in a creative writing group in Leeds/UK, working with exchange students, playing volleyball, coding and working as a swapper in the C64 demo scene, selling my first computer game to a publishing house when I was sixteen, living in a lovely flat with a tiled stove for seven years, starring in a GCSE listening comprehension test... (to be continued)

You can contact me via email. If you are a student of mine, rather come to my office hours. Sometimes I offer sweets and cookies.

For my students at PH Ludwigsburg, the Universities of Trier, Bayreuth and Trinity College Dublin, I have collected some materials here.

papers and articles


Since it has been around for years now, I have to mention my own project Aspects of E. M. Forster again.

Feuilleton / Journalistic

Literary / Other

other stuff

This, again, is an incomplete list.

Talks and Presentations

Interviews / In the Media

Guest Lecturership

Planning and Organising Events


web typo design

This is an (incomplete) list of websites I run/have designed or worked with:

I have also done some editing and layouting for print publications.


Some miscellaneous bits:

This is a list of my lectures and seminars with links to even more details about them:

Summer Term 2021

Winter Term 2020/21

Summer Term 2020

Winter Term 2019/20

SS 2019

WS 2018/19

SS 2018

WS 2017/18

SS 2017

WS 2016/17

SS 2016

WS 2015/16

SS 2015

WS 2014/2015

SS 2014

WS 2013/2014

SS 2013

WS 2012/2013

SS 2012

WS 2011/2012

SS 2011

WS 2010/2011

SS 2010

WS 2009/2010

SS 2009

WS 2008 / 2009

SS 2008

WS 2007 / 2008

SS 2007

1999 - 2008


SS 2007: British Modernist Literature - Course Material

Seminar Reader

Number 8 (5th July 2007)

1.) Preparation for penultimate seminar (10th July): Please, read the poems in the 5th part of the seminar reader. What might the image of the gyre signify? What is the Second Coming in Christian belief?

2.) Presentations: Susanne (E.) will tell us about Ireland at the beginning of the 20th century, and Susanne (O.) will talk about the Celtic Revival.

Number 7 (24th June 2007)

Due to illness, the seminar of 26th June has to be cancelled. I'm sorry about this. Let's see if we can find a time for an extra session. This week's text, topics and presentations will be postponed one week.

Number 6 (21th June 2007)

1.) Preparation for next seminar (26th June): Please read Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts. Is there anything special in her use of images and symbols and the way the narrator comments on the story?

2.) Presentations: Susanne will introduce the Bloomsbury group to us, and Raffaela will talk about another of Woolf's novels, focussing on some techniques of "High Modernism".

Number 5 (14th June 2007)

1.) Preparation for next seminar (19th June): Please read Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House and Wilfred Owen's "Strange Meeting". What is the poem about? Who is the voice?

2.) Anarchism and Owen: Part 4 of the reader.

3.) Presentation: Sandra will tell us about Great Britain in WWI.

Number 4 (24th May 2007)

1.) Preparation for next seminar (5th June): Please read Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent. Make a list of the events in the novel and write down the most important features of the main characters. Think about the various motivations of the 'terrorists'.

2.) Essay Questions: Please find the questions here. There are also some additional remarks on formal aspects and about writing essays in general. In case you don't like these essay questions, please, feel free to choose another topic (the set texts and the topics mentioned in the schedule). If you are unsure, talk to me.

3.) Presentations: Anja and Nicole will tell us about one of the first international terror attacks, the Greenwich Observatory Bomb of 1894.

Number 3 (17th May 2007)

1.) Preparation for next seminar: Please read Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. Is there anything special about the narrative situation? If you haven't bought the text, you can also find it in the Semesterapparat.

2.) Presentations: Hannah and Andrew will tell us about Sigmund Freud and Carl G. Jung.

Number 2 (10th May 2007)

1.) Preparation for next seminar: Please read E. M. Forster's A Room With a View. Try to focus on the narrative situation and think about the Raymond William's list. Is there anything "Modern(ist)" in this novel?

2.) Presentations: Emily will tell us about E. M. Forster, the man who (in his slightly shop-soiled but very usable Aspects of the Novel) introduced concepts like "flat" and "round" character to literary theory.

First Newsletter (26th April 2007)

1.) Literature: There is a Semesterapparat at the humanities library. It has the number 202. There, you can find: E. M. Forster's A Room With a View, Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. As soon as they are back in the library, you will also find Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent as well as Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House and Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts there. You can find the current status of shelf 202 here.

2.) Seminar Reader: In the second part of the reader--the first being the three poems and the seminar schedule, I gave you last Tuesday--, you will find excerpts from Ezra Pound and Virginia Woolf as well as E. M. Forster's "The Machine Stops". Password: see your first email.

4.) Preparation for next seminar: Please read the excerpts from Ezra Pound's "A Retrospect", Virginia Woolf's "Modern Fiction" plus E. M. Forster's "The Machine Stops". When reading "A Retrospect," try to relate Pound's ideas with T. S. Eliot's poem we read last time.

5.) Presentations: Şemsettin and Cem will talk about all kinds of "-isms" next time (Expressionism, Dadaism, Futurism, Symbolism, Imagism, Vorticism). If you have some spare time, try to have a look at the respective Wikipedia entries or reactivate the knowledge you have about these things from your studies, school, ...

Tuesdays 8.30 a.m. - 10 a.m. (s.t.), Raum S91 (GW1)

When was Modernism, and what was it? In the realm of British literature, was it only the Bloomsbury group? These are just three of the questions we are going to answer in this seminar. As E. M. Forster often insisted on starting from the beginning, we will have a closer look at the onset of British Modernist literature by reading Forster, Henry James and Joseph Conrad (admitting that the latter two were not as British as one would have thought). Hopefully there will be enough time to see how all the new things kept on developing in Virginia Woolf, George Bernard Shaw (dramatic perspective), W. B. Yeats (Irish perspective) and T. S. Eliot (avant-garde perspective).

Books to purchase:

Other texts will be available online or in a course reader.

As this seminar is a proseminar, it is introductory in character, and you don't have to know too many things beforehand. Therefore, I can only recommend the following standard texts as a preparation: Mario Klarer, Einführung in die Anglistisch-Amerikanistische Literaturwissenschaft and Hans Ulrich Seeber, Englische Literaturgeschichte.

Further material in due course.

Supervised Theses (Selection):

This list is supposed to give you an idea of the scope of possible topics. However, it is not limited to it. I invite students to approach me with concrete suggestions in the fields of Modernism, late Victorian literature, contemporary British and Irish literature, anglophone literatures of Commonwealth nations, gender studies, queer studies, E. M. Forster, critical theory, creative writing, electronic literature, and the philosophy of literature. Places are limited, however.