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Dirk Wiemann

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Dirk Wiemann (*1964) is a German scholar of cultural and literary studies.


He studied English, German, and Political Science at University of Oldenburg. In 1998 he received his PhD in Comparative Literature for a dissertation on Anglophone exilic literature in Great Britain 1933-1945. After completing his doctorate he spent three years teaching as a visiting lecturer at the English and Foreign Languages University Hyderababd and the University of Delhi.  From 2001 to 2006 he held the assistant professorship at the University of Magdeburg where he completed his postdoctoral thesis (Habilitation) on contemporary Indian novels in English. He is Professor of English Literature at the University of Potsdam (since 2008).[1]

Wiemann’s research interests include postcolonialism, genre transformations in world literary space, South Asia studies, theories and practices of cosmopolitanism, and English renaissance republicanism in literature, politics and aesthetics.[2]

Together with Lars Eckstein, he is spokesperson of the Research Training Group (DFG Graduiertenkolleg) minor cosmopolitanisms, a programme mainly focussing on PhD training conducted in close collaboration with partners in South Africa, India, Australia and North America.[3] Furthermore, he is the director of the bilateral research and exchange network "Writing the Cosmopolitan Imagination: Genre Transactions in World-Literary Space" between the University of Potsdam and the University of Delhi.[2]

Selected Works[edit]


  • "Too Poor for Debt: Deleuze's First-World Problem." Coils of the Serpent, 5.1, forthcoming 2020.
  • "Indian Writing in English and the Discrepant Zones of World Literature.” Anglophone World Literatures. Birgit Neumann & Gabriele Rippl (Hrsg.) Anglia 135/1, 2017, S. 53-71.

Edited Volumes[edit]

  • with Anke Bartels, Lars Eckstein und Nicole Waller: Postcolonial Literatures in English: An Introduction. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2019.
  • with Gaby Mahlberg: Perspectives on English Revolutionary Republicanism. London & New York: Routledge, 2014.


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