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:

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


WS 2007/08: Concepts of Authorship - Course Material

Ninth Newsletter (25th January 2008)

1.) Preparation for next seminar: Please read Lev Manovich's essay about "New Models of Authorship," which you can find here [MS Word, 61 KB].

Eighth Newsletter (18th January 2008)

1.) Preparation for next seminar: Please read Martha Woodmansee's text "On the Author Effect" to be found in the Semesterapparat (Shelf 202 in the folder).

2.) Next Presentation: Carlos will introduce the so-called round-robin story to us.

Seventh Newsletter (11th January 2008)

1.) Preparation for next seminar: Please read Michel Foucault's "What is an Author," which can be found in the Seán Burke's reader.

2.) Presentation: Kerstin and Kathrin will introduce Sigmund Freud's ideas about authorship to us.

Sixth Newsletter (4th January 2008)

1.) Preparation for next seminar: Please read Roland Barthes' "The Death of the Author".

Fifth Newsletter (12th December 2007)

1.) Last seminar: If you want to read/learn more about the things we discussed, these keywords might help you starting your research:

2.) Preparation for next seminar: Please prepare W. K. Wimsatt and Monroe C. Beardsley's excerpt from "The Intentional Fallacy".

3.) Presentation: Kerim and Ugur will introduce the key concepts of New Criticism to us.

Fourth Newsletter (10th December 2007)

1.) Preparation for next seminar: As written in email to all participants.

Third Newsletter (8th November 2007)

1.) Preparation for next seminar: Please prepare A. J. Minnis "The Significance of the Medieval Theory of Authorship," which you can find in Seán Burke's reader.

2.) Presentation: Nataliya and Malte will tell us what Percy Bysshe Shelley has to say about authorship.

Second Newsletter (24th October 2007)

1.) Preparation for next seminar: Please prepare Seán Burke's introduction to "our" reader plus Jorge Luis Borges' "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote". You will find everything in the Semesterapparat.

First Newsletter (17th October 2007)

1.) Literature: There is a Semesterapparat at the humanities library. It has the number 202. There, you can find a mastercopy of Borges' texts given in the schedule. Seán Burke's book has just been put into the Semesterapparat. You can find the current status of shelf 202 here.

2.) Preparation for next seminar: Please read the texts given in the seminar schedule.

Mondays 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (c.t.), room S94 (GW1)

In this seminar, we will discuss several theoretical texts dealing with authorship. Most of these texts can be found in Seán Burke's Authorship: From Plato to the Postmodern, so, please, obtain his reader. More recent texts on the authorship of digital literature will either be available in a seminar reader or can be found on-line.

Books to purchase:

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

Supervised Bachelor Theses (Selection):






Unfortunately, I cannot supervise any further BA/BEd theses in the academic year 2017/2018.