Englisches Seminar

PD Dr. Kai Wiegandt

Heisenberg Lecturer

Kai Wiegandt is Heisenberg Lecturer, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), at the English Department of the University of Tübingen. He studied English and German literature and philosophy at Universität Freiburg, Yale University and at Freie Universität Berlin, from which he received his Ph.D. (2009) and his Habilitation (2016). He is the author of Crowd and Rumour in Shakespeare (Ashgate 2012) and has published widely on early modern, modernist and postcolonial as well as world literature. He was elected member of the German Young Academy at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2014.

Publications

Monographs

J.M. Coetzee's Revisions of the Human: Posthumanism and Narrative Form. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Crowd and Rumour in Shakespeare. Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.

Paperback edition London: Routledge, 2016.

[Reviewed in Times Literary Supplement, 1.2.2013, 31; Renaissance Quarterly 66:2 (2013), 755-756; Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 53:2 (2013), 468-469; Cahiers Élisabethains 83:1 (2013), 85-87; Shakespeare in Southern Africa 25 (2013), 107-110]

Edited Collections and Journal Issues (Selection)

The Transnational in Literary Studies: Potential and Limitations of a Concept. Berlin, New York: De Gruyter (forthcoming 2020).

(With Caspar Battegay, Lena Henningsen) Gegessen? Essen und Erinnerung in den Literaturen der Welt. Berlin: Neofelis, 2019.

(With Miriam Akkermann, Ulrike Endesfelder, Philipp Kanske) Empathy and Understanding Others. Special Issue of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 43:2 (2018).

(With Andrew James Johnston) The Return of the Historical Novel? Thinking About Fiction and History After Historiographic Metafiction. Heidelberg: Winter, 2017.

[Reviewed in Anglistik 29:2 (2018), 164-166]

(With Maria-Jesús Lopez) J. M. Coetzee and the Non-English Literary Traditions. Special Issue of European Journal of English Studies 20:2 (2016).

(With Jan Niklas Howe) Trieb: Poetiken und Politiken einer modernen Letztbegründung. Berlin: Kadmos, 2014.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Edited Collections (Selection)

“Introduction: Potential and Limitations of the Transnational in Literary Studies”. The Transnational in Literary Studies: Potential and Limitations of a Concept. Ed. Kai Wiegandt. Berlin, New York: De Gruyter (forthcoming 2020).

“Transnational Migrant Fiction as World Literature: Identity, Translatability and the Global Book Market”. The Transnational in Literary Studies: Potential and Limitations of a Concept. Ed. Kai Wiegandt. Berlin, New York: De Gruyter (forthcoming 2020).

“Shakespeare im und über Exil: Die ‚Robben Island Bible”. Shakespeare Jahrbuch 155 (2019), 165-187.

“The Politics of Food and Appetite in Anita Desai’s Fasting, Feasting and V. S. Naipaul’s Half a Life”. Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 50:1 (2019). 121-140. doi:10.1353/ari.2019.0005

“The Creature-Feeling as Secular Grace: On the Religious in J. M. Coetzee’s Fiction”. Literature and Theology 32:1 (2018). 69-86. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frx009

“Futurology, Allegory, Time Travel: What Makes Science Fiction Fascinating”. The Fascination with Unknown Time. Ed. Sibylle Baumbach, Lena Henningsen, Klaus Oschema. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 273-292.

“Shame, Guilt, and the Politics of Moral Change in Zoë Wicomb’s and Antje Krog’s Negotiations of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission”. Journal of Postcolonial Writing 53:4 (2017), 440-453. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2017.1292405

(With Andrew James Johnston) “Introduction”. The Return of the Historical Novel? Thinking About Fiction and History After Historiographic Metafiction. Ed. Andrew James Johnston and Kai Wiegandt. Heidelberg: Winter, 2017. 9-18.

“History as Struggle of Generations: J. M. Coetzee’s The Master of Petersburg”. The Return of the Historical Novel? Thinking About Fiction and History After Historiographic Metafiction. Ed. Andrew James Johnston and Kai Wiegandt. Heidelberg: Winter, 2017. 87-104.

“J. M. Coetzee’s Complicated Migrations”. Poetica: Zeitschrift für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft 48:1-2 (2016), 145-167.

“Blooming Myths: Nationalism, Jewishness and Modernity in Ulysses”. Anglistentag 2015 Paderborn. Ed. Christoph Ehland, Ilka Mindt, Merle Tönnies. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2016. 187-196.

(With María J. López) “J. M. Coetzee, Intertextuality and the Non-English Literary Traditions”. J. M. Coetzee and the Non-English Literary Traditions: Special Issue of European Journal of English Studies 20:2 (2016), 113-126.

“’Expectation whirls me round’: Hope, Fear and Time in Troilus and Cressida”. Love, History and Emotion in Chaucer and Shakespeare: Troilus and Criseyde and Troilus and Cressida. Ed. Andrew James Johnston, Russell West-Pavlov, Elisabeth Kempf. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016. 17-31.

“What Can Ecocriticism Learn from Agamben and Derrida?” Weeds and Viruses: Ecopolitics and the Demands of Theory. With a Foreword by Dipesh Chakrabarty. Ed. Cordula Lemke, Jennifer Wawrzinek. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2015. 147-160.

“Humanity and Nationality in J. M. Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus”. Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift 65:3 (2015), 335-355.

“Humans and Animals in Conrad’s ‘An Outpost of Progress’”. Outposts of Progress: Joseph Conrad, Modernism and Post-colonialism. Ed. Gail Fincham, Jeremy Hawthorn, Jakob Lothe. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press, 2015. 3-17.

“Icarus and Albatross: Rising above Nationality in J. M. Coetzee’s Autrebiographies and Damon Galgut’s In a Strange Room”. Travelling Texts: J. M. Coetzee and Other Writers. Ed. Bożena Kucała and Robert Kusek. Frankfurt: Lang, 2014. 271-282.

(With Jan Niklas Howe) “Einleitung”. Trieb: Poetiken und Politiken einer modernen Letztbegründung. Ed. Jan Niklas Howe, Kai Wiegandt. Berlin: Kadmos, 2014. 7-18.

“Nach Freud: Becketts und Coetzees plurale Poetiken des Triebs”. Trieb: Poetiken und Politiken einer modernen Letztbegründung. Ed. Jan Niklas Howe, Kai Wiegandt. Berlin: Kadmos, 2014. 203-223.

“’I too might once have been a prisoner’: Oppressor’s Paranoia in J. M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer and Breyten Breytenbach”. Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies 39:3 (2013), 428-442.

“J.M. Coetzee’s ‘Dog-Man’ and the Cynicism of Disgrace”. Anglia: Journal of English Philology 131:1 (2013), 121-140.

“Partial Truth. Rumour in Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’”. Poetica: Zeitschrift für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft 40:3-4 (2008), 397-424.

Reviews

Julián Jiménez Heffernan, Shakespeare’s Extremes: Wild Man, Monster, Beast (Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Shakespeare Jahrbuch 153 (2017), 255-256.

Ca. 100 reviews of fiction, poetry and academic books for Süddeutsche Zeitung