Wolfgang Zach Mag phil. (MA), Dr phil., O. Univ. Prof. Professor of English Language and Literature Member of the Academic Senate at the University of Innsbruck




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Wolfgang Zach – Teaching and Lecturing


From the very beginning of my function as university lecturer I have given lectures in both English and German (depending on the course type; i.e. a common procedure at the University of Graz). At the University of Innsbruck and abroad all lectures and courses are in English.


Apart from referring to the courses and lectures itemised below, I would also like to mention that up to now I have supervised more than 200 MA and doctoral theses (one dissertation sub auspiciis, one dissertation recently received the Science Award of the University of Innsbruck).
Teaching at the University of Graz

1969 – 1983: As anAssistant Professor I cooperated in numerous of Prof.Dr.Dr.h.c. F.K. Stanzel‘s courses (in the fields of English Studies and General Literary Studies)

1971 – 1997: Autonomous Teaching approx. 120 courses (2h) of various types (PS, Lectures, SE) as prescribed by the curriculum (in German respectively English; since 1971 co-supervision of a large number of academic papers, especially MA theses, in the fields of English Literature and General Literary Studies; since 1983 autonomous supervision of numerous MA theses and several doctoral students (one of them received her doctorate 'sub-auspiciis' - special honours)

1971 – 1983: 20 Language courses in English and 20 Introductory courses to literary studies respectively literary tutorials for trainee teachers (with various thematic focal points).

1988 – 1997: 10 Introductory courses to English Literary History; 20 Seminars for graduands and doctoral students

1975 - 1997 Courses (Proseminars, Seminars,Lectures ) on the following topics:





  • English Drama of the 18th Century (PS, WS 1975/76)

  • Interpretation of Novels (PS, SS 1976) 

  • The Modern Short Story (PS, WS 1976/77)

  • Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens. Sources - Interpretation - Reception (PS, SS 1977)

  • Parodies of English Poetry (PS, WS 1977/78)

  • Important Works of the Restoration Period and of the 18th Century (PS, SS 1978)

  • Shakespeare’s King Lear and its Dramatisation (PS, WS 1978/79)

  • Analysis of Modern Fiction (PS, SS 1979)

  • Samuel Johnson and His Time (PS, WS 1980/81)

  • English Poetry from Shakespeare up to now (PS, SS 1981);

  • Gay’s Beggar's Opera and Brecht’s Dreigroschenoper (PS, WS 1981/81)

  • Analysis of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones (PS, SS 1982)

  • Shakespeare: Othello and The Merchant of Venice (PS, WS 1982/83)

  • English and Irish Short Stories of the 20th Century (PS, SS 1983)

  • English Comedies from Jonson to Wilde (PS, WS 1983/84)

  • The Anglo-Irish Conflict as reflected in Literature (PS, WS 1983/84)

  • Literary Theory (PS, SS 1984)

  • Masterpieces of Irish Literature (PS, SS 1984)

  • Anglophone World-Literature. Works by Canadian, Australian and African Authors (PS, WS 1984/85);

  • History of Anglo-Irish Literature (Lectures, WS 1984/85)

  • Shakespeare’s and Stoppard’s Hamlet (PS, WS 1984/85)

  • W. B. Yeats: Poems and Drama (PS, WS 1984/85)

  • Modern English Drama (PS, SS 1985)

  • The English Novel of the 18th Century (Lectures, WS 1985/86)

  • James Joyce: Portrait of the Artist and Stephen Hero (PS, WS 1985/86)

  • Irish Drama of the 20th Century: From Shaw to Friel (PS, WS 1985/86)

  • Interpretation of Drama: English Comedies (PS, WS 1986/87)

  • Analysis of Novels by English Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries (PS, WS 1986/87)

  • The Northern Irish Conflict as reflected in Literature (SE, WS 1986/87)

  • Analysis of William Golding’ s Lord of the Flies and other novels (PS, SS 1987)

  • Racial Problems as reflected in Modern Fiction by African, Australian and Canadian (Women) Writers (PS, SS 1987)

  • English Comedies of the Restoration Period and the 18th Century (Lectures, WS 1987/88)

  • Interpretation of Drama: Selected Plays. From Shakespeare to Beckett (PS, WS 1987/88)

  • George Bernard Shaw (PS, WS 1987/88)

  • History of English Literary Criticism I: From the Elizabethan Age to Romanticism (Lectures, SS 1988)

  • Analysis of Fiction: Short Stories by Important Writers from James Joyce to Doris Lessing (PS, SS 1988)

  • Robinson Crusoe. From D. Defoe to J.M. Coetzee (PS, SS 1988)

  • History of English Literary Criticism II: From Romanticism to Postmodernism (Lectures, WS 1988/89)

  • William Shakespeare: Selected Plays (PS, WS 1988/89)

  • English Poetry of the 20th Century (PS, WS 1989/90)

  • Literary Appreciation (Lectures, WS 1989/90)

  • Analysis of Drama: W. Shakespeare (PS, SS 1990)

  • Literary Appreciation (Lectures, SS 1990)

  • Interpretation of Novels: 'University Novels' (PS, WS 1990/91)

  • Africa in Modern English Fiction (SE, WS 1990/91)

  • A History of Anglo-Irish Literature (Lectures, SS 1991)

  • Analysis of Fiction: The Short Story since Joyce (with an analysis of films) (PS, SS 1991)

  • E. M. Forster’s Passage to India and S. Rushdies Midnight's Children (PS, WS 1991/92)

  • ‘Woman’ in the Novels of the 19th and 20th Centuries: From Jane Eyre to Wide Sargasso Sea (with an analysis of films) (SE, WS 1991/92)

  • Modern Literary Theory (Lectures, SS 1992)

  • Nadine Gordimer’s Narratives (PS, SS 1992)

  • Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders. Interpretation and Reception (PS, WS 1992/93)

  • The 'Aboriginals' as reflected in Australian Novels (and in their movie adaptations) Australischer Romane (SE, WS 1992/93)


Teaching at the University of Innsbruck

  • A History of Anglo-Irish Literature (Lectures, WS 1994/95)

  • Shakespeare's Foreigners (SE, WS 1994/95)

  • Nadine Gordimer's Novels (SE, WS 1994/95)

  • Tutorial for MA and Doctoral Students (CO, WS 1994/95)

  • English Literary Criticism. From Sidney to Shelley. (Lectures, SS 1995)

  • Tutorial accompanying the lectures (see above) (CO, SS 1995)

  • Thomas Keneally's Novels (SE, SS 1995)

  • Tutorial for MA and Doctoral Students (CO, SS 1995)

  • English Literature: Drama (Lectures, WS 1995/96)

  • J. M. Coetzee (SE, WS 1995/96)

  • J.Conrad vs. Ch. Achebe (SE, WS 1995/96)

  • Tutorial for MA and Doctoral Students (CO, WS 1995/96)

  • English Literature: Fiction (Lectures, SS 1996)

  • Aboriginal Australian Literature (SE, SS 1996)

  • Novels into Film. A Comparison of Texts in the Two Media (SE, SS 1996)

  • Tutorial for MA and Doctoral Students (CO, SS 1996)

  • English Literature: Poetry (Lectures, WS 1996/97)

  • Women Writers: From J. Austen to M. Atwood (SE, WS 1996/97)

  • Women Writers: From Ch. Bronte to J. Rhys (SE, WS 1996/97)

  • Tutorial for MA Students (CO, WS 1996/97)

  • Tutorial for Doctoral Students (WS 1996/97)

  • English Literature: Drama (Lectures, SS 1997)

  • Shakespeare. Selected Plays (SE, SS 1997)

  • Africa in Modern Fiction (SE, SS 1997)

  • Tutorial for MA Students (CO, SS 1997)

  • Tutorial for Doctoral Students (SS 1997)

  • The English Novel (Lectures, WS 1997/98)

  • Modern Irish Drama (SE, WS 1997/98)

  • Modern British Drama (SE, WS 1997/98)

  • Tutorial for MA Students (CO, WS 1997/98)

  • Tutorial for Doctoral Students (CO, WS 1997/98)

  • English Literature of the 20th Century: From Modernism to Postmodernism (Lectures, SS 1998)

  • University Novels (SE, SS 1998)

  • National Images and Stereotypes in English Textbooks for Austrian Schools (SE, SS1998)

  • Tutorial for MA Students (CO, SS 1998)

  • Tutorial for Doctoral Students (SS 1998)

  • English Literature: Drama (Lecture, WS 1998/99

  • Postcolonial Literature and Criticism (SE, WS 1998/99)

  • Contemporary Prize-Winning Novels (SE, WS 1998/99)

  • An Outline of English Literary and Cultural History (Lectures, WS 1998/99)

  • Tutorial for MA Students (CO, WS 1998/99)

  • Tutorial for Doctoral Students (PV, WS 1998/99)

  • Anglo-Irish Literature (Lecture, SS 1999)

  • Aboriginal Australian Literature (SE, SS 1999)

  • Tutorial for MA and Doctoral Students (CO, SS 1999)

  • English Literature and Colonialism (Lectures, WS 1999/2000)

  • Modern English Drama: Tom Stoppard (SE, WS 1999/2000)

  • Contemporary Irish Drama: Brian Friel (SE, WS 1999/2000)

  • Texts and Contexts (CO, WS 1999/2000)

  • Seminar for MA Students (SE, WS 1999/2000)

  • Tutorials for Doctoral Students (CO, WS 1999/2000)

  • English Literature and (Post)Colonialism in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Lectures, SS 2000)

  • James Joyce (SE, SS 2000)

  • (Against) Antisemitism : From Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice" to Keneally's "Schindler's List" (SE, SS 2000)

  • Tutorial for MA Students (CO, SS 2000)

  • Tutorial for Doctoral Students (CO, SS 2000)

  • The English Novel (Lectures, WS 2000/2001)

  • Ethnic Relations in Modern Post-Colonial Literature (SE, WS 2000/2001)

  • Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream: Sources - Interpretation - Reception (SE, WS 2000/2001)

  • Tutorial for MA and Doctoral Students (CO, WS 2000/2001)

  • English Poetry from Shakespeare to Oodgeroo (Lectures, SS 2001)

  • Literary Controversies: Defoe vs. Swift (SE, SS 2001)

  • Aboriginal Australian Literature and Culture (SE, SS 2001)

  • Methodological and Theoretical Aspects of Literary Criticism (CO, SS 2001)

  • 20th-Century Literature in English (Lectures, WS 2001/2002)

  • Shakespeare: Hamlet. Sources-Interpretation-Reception (SE, WS 2001/2002)

  • Methodological and Theoretical Approaches of Literary Criticism (CO, WS 2001/2002)

  • Tutorial for Doctoral Students (WS 2001/2002)

  • From Modernism to Post-Modernism: Literature in English after World-War II (Lectures, SS 2002)

  • Literary Myths and the Mass Audience: From Robinson Crusoe to Harry Potter (Seminar, SS 2002)

  • Critical Approaches and Problems of Research (CO, SS 2002)

  • English Drama: From Shakespeare to Stoppard (Lectures, WS 2002/2003)

  • Key-Texts of (Post)Colonial Literature and Criticism (SE, WS 2002/2003)

  • Critical Approaches and Problems of Research (CO, WS 2002/2003)

  • Texts and Contexts: A Survey (CO, WS 2002/2003)

  • English Literature and Colonialism: Beginning to 1800 (VO, WS 2003/2004)

  • English Love Poems (SE, WS 2003/2004)

  • Modern Drama: Brian Friel (SE, WS 2003/2004)

  • Critical Approaches and Problems of Research (CO, WS 2003/2004)

  • English Literature and Colonialism: Romanticism to Modernism (Lectures, SS 2004)

  • Anglo-Irish Relations and Literature: Jonathan Swift (SE, SS 2004)

  • Racial/Ethnic Relations and Literature: Jack Davis (SS 2004)

  • Critical Approaches and Problems of Research (CO, SS 2004)

  • Masterpieces of English Drama (Lectures, WS 2004/05)

  • Feminism, Intertextuality, (Post)Colonialism: Bronte s "Jane Eyre" and Rhy's "Wide Sargasso Sea" (SE, WS 2004/05)

  • Critical Approaches and Problems of Research (CO, WS 2004/05)

  • Masterpieces of English Poetry (Lectures, SS 2005)

  • SE: James Joyce: Dubliners (SE, SS 2005)

  • SE: Jonathan Swift: Gulliver´s Travels (SE, SS 2005)

  • Critical Approaches and Problems of Research (CO; SS 2005)

  • The English Novel (Lectures, WS 2005/06)

  • Literature, Colonialism and Slavery. Key-texts of the 18th century (SE, WS 2005/06)

  • Literature, Colonialism and Slavery. Key-texts of the Romantic Period (SE, WS 2005/06)

  • Critical Approaches and Problems of Research (CO, WS 2005/06)

  • English Literature, Colonialism and Ethnic Relations (Lectures, SS 2006)

  • Romantic Poets and the Anti-Slavery Movement (SE, SS 2006)

  • The Literary Controvery Betw. Two Important Novelists: Richardson vs. Fielding

(SE, SS 2006)

  • Critical Approaches and Problems of Research (CO, SS 2006)

  • (Post)Colonial English Fiction of the 19th and 20th Centuries (Lectures, WS 2006/07)

  • Colonialism and Slavery in English Drama (SE, WS 2006/07)

  • From Gay's 'Begger's Opera' to Brecht's 'Dreigroschenoper' (SE, WS 2006/07)

  • Critical Approaches and Problems of Research (CO, WS, 2006/07)

  • Postcolonial English Fiction from Joyce to Rushdie (Lectures, SS 2007)

  • The Fight for Human Rights: The Anti-Slavery Movement in England (SE, SS 2007)

  • Discussion of Texts on the Reading List (SS 2007)

  • Critical Approaches and Problems of Research (CO, SS 2007)

  • Masterpieces of English Poetry (Lecture, WS 2007/08)

  • The Fight for the Abolition of Slavery and Human Rights in the Early 19th Century: Important Texts (SE, WS 2007/08)

  • ‘Aboriginal Australia’: History, Culture, Literature (SE, WS 2007/08)

  • Tutorial for MA and Doctoral Students (CO, WS 2007/08)


Further Teaching and Lecturing:

.. at the University for Educational Sciences, Klagenfurt

  • The Irish Drama from the 'Literary Renaissance' up to the Present (Lectures, SS 1986)

  • Shakespeare: Selected Plays(SE, SS 1986)


.. at the Università degli Studi di Trieste

  • The English Novel of the 18th Century (Lectures, SS 1987)

  • A History of Anglo-Irish Literature (Lectures, SS 1987)

  • Comedy. Theory and Practice 1660 - 1800 (Lectures, SS 1988)

  • Contemporary Irish Drama. From J. Boyd to B. Friel (Lectures, SS 1988)

  • The Empire Writes Back (Lectures, SS 1995)


.. at the Ain-Shams-University of Cairo

  • Literature and Politics in Northern Ireland (Series of Lectures, Feb. 1989)


.. at the National University of Singapore

  • Literary Theory. Historical Aspects (Series of Lectures, Aug.1989)

.. at the University of Nigeria

  • Eighteenth-Century Studies (Lectures, SS 1990)


.. at the Doshisha University of Kyoto and the Aichi Shukutoku University of Nagoya

  • Jonathan Swift (SE,SS 1994)

  • A History of English Literary Criticism (Lectures, SS 1994)

  • Romantic Poetry (Lectures, SS 1994)

  • The 18th Century Novel (SE, SS 1994)


.. at the Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg

  • A History of English Fiction (Lectures, SS 1996)

  • Jonathan Swift vs. Daniel Defoe (SE, SS 1996)

  • Chinua Achebe vs. Joseph Conrad (SE, SS 1996)


.. at the Concordia University of Montreal

  • Jonathan Swift and Ireland (SE, SS 1998)


.. at the University of Verona

  • Postcolonial Literature (Lectures, SS 2000)


.. at the University of Lecce

  • From Colonialism to Postcolonialism (Lectures, SS 2003)

.. at the University of Malta

  • Postcolonial Interpretation (Lectures, SS 2004)

.. at the University of Verona

  • Racism and Antisemitism in Shakeapeare? (Lectures, SS 2004)

.. at the Universität Bergamo

  • Masterpieces of Literatures in English (Lectures, SS 2005)

.. at the Universität of Malta

  • Modernism and Postcolonialism (Lectures, SS 2006)


Individual Lectures

(on British, Irish and Commonwealth-literature as well as on literary studies in general, in this respect especially on imagology and literary theory)



.. Lectures at Foreign Universities and other Scientific Institutions

  • Ain-Shams-University of Cairo (Egypt)

  • Univ. of Western Australia Perth, Flinders Univ. of South Australia, Adelaide, Univ. of Melbourne, Australian National Univ. Canberra, Macquarie Univ. Sydney (several times), Univ. of New England Armidale, Univ. of Queensland Brisbane (several times), Univ. of the Northern Territories Darwin (Australia)

  • Univ. of Wuhan, Foreign Studies University of Beijing (several times), University of Tianjin (China)

  • Univ. of Münster (several times), Academy of Sciences at Berlin, Univ. of Erlangen, Univ. of Halle, Univ. of Mannheim and Univ. of Wuppertal (Germany)

  • Univ. of Hongkong, Chinese Univ. of Hongkong (Hongkong)

  • St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, School of Irish Studies, Dublin (Ireland)

  • Univ. of Bologna, Univ. of Sassari, Univ. of Trento, Univ. of Verona (Italy)

  • Jissen Univ. of Tokyo (several times), Japan-Ireland Society Tokyo, Obirin Univ. of Tokyo, Waseda Univ. of Tokyo, Doshisha Univ. of Kyoto, Aichi Shukutoku Univ. of Nagoya (Japan)

  • Concordia Univ. of Montreal (several times), McGill Univ. of Montreal (several times), Univ. of Toronto, Univ. of Winnipeg, Univ. of British Columbia Vancouver (Canada)

  • Univ. of Zagreb (Croatia)

  • Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg (Luxemburg)

  • Univ. of Malta (Malta)

  • Univ. of Nigeria at Nsukka (Nigeria)

  • Academy of Science of Warszawa, Univ. of Wroclaw, Univ. of Lódz (Poland)

  • Univ. of Brno (Slovakia)

  • Univ. of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

  • Chulalongkorn Univ. of Bangkok, Ramkhamhaeng Univ. of Bangkok (several times), (Thailand)

  • University of Prague, Academy of Sciences at Prague (Czech Republic)

  • Univ. of Budapest, Univ. of Debrecen, Univ. of Pecs (Hungary)

  • Univ. of California, Berkeley and University of New Orleans (USA)


.. Lectures at Conferences

  • Anglistentag (Univ. of Passau) 1984

  • Conference of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies (Univ. of Calgary) 1984

  • Symposium "Erstarrtes Denken" (Cath. Univ. of Eichstätt) 1985

  • Symposium "Irland: Kultur und Gesellschaft" (Univ. of Halle) 1986

  • IASAIL-Conference "Anglo-Irish and Irish Literature" (Univ. of Uppsala) 1986

  • Conference of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (Univ. of Singapore) 1986

  • Goldsmith Summer School (Longford) 1987

  • Int. Symposium on "Yeats the European" (Irish Library, Monaco) 1987

  • Conference of the Modern Language Association of America (San Francisco) 1987

  • Conference of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies (McGill Univ. Montreal) 1988

  • Second Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift (Univ. Münster) 1989

  • Conference of the Yeats Society of Japan (Univ. of Kushiro) [key-note lecture] 1989

  • Conference of IASAIL-Japan (Univ. of Kobe) [key-note lecture] 1989

  • Conference on Chinua Achebe (Univ. of Nigeria) 1990

  • Conference on "Asian Voices in English" (Univ. of Hongkong) [key-note lecture] 1990

  • Conference on "Multiculturalism" (Tianjin Univ.) 1991

  • Conference of the German Association for the New Literatures in English (Univ. of Essen) 1991

  • Conference on "Australian Studies" (University of Debrecen) 1992

  • Conference of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies ACLALS (Univ. of the West Indies) 1992

  • Conference of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies (Bishop's University Sherbrooke)1993

  • Oxford Conference on "Postcolonial Literature" (St. John's College, Oxford) 1995

  • Conference on "Crisis in the Humanities" (University of Budapest) 1995

  • Symposium on "English Literature in the Classroom" (Univ. of Graz) 1997

  • Conference on "Ireland and the Asian-Pacific Region" (University of New South Wales, Sidney) (1997)

  • Conference on "English Studies: Past - Present - Future" (Univ. of Innsbruck) 1998

  • Symposium on "Australian Studies: Australian Identity: The Aboriginal Dimension" (Univ. Lecce) 2000

  • Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift (Germany) 2000

  • Conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literature IASIL (Bath, England) 2000

  • Conference of the European Association for the Study of Australia EASA (Klagenfurt, Austria) 2000

  • Conference of the International Association of University Professors of English IAUPE (Bamberg, Germany) 2001

  • EASA-Conference (Lecce, Italy) 2001

  • Symposium on "Postmodernism" (Bologna, Italy) 2001

  • Conference on European Language Policy (Würzburg) 2002

  • Conference of IMHE/OECD (Paris) 2002

  • Conference on "Literature and Society in the Asia-Pacific" (Perth) 2003

  • Conference on "Benevolence in Colonial and Postcolonial Literature" (Brisbane) 2003

  • International Conference of IASIL (Galway) 2004

  • International Conference on "Equity and Literature" (Verona) 2005

  • International Conference of IASIL (Prague) 2005

  • CISLE Conference on "Literatures in English: Priorities of Research" (Innsbruck) 2005

  • Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift (Münster) 2006

  • Conference of the British Association of 18th Century Studies (Oxford) 2007

  • CISLE Conference on "Literatures in English: Ethnic, Colonial and Cultural Encounters" (Barcelona) 2007

  • Conference of the International Association of University Professors of English – IAUPE (Lund) 2007

I also served as chairman of sections/panel discussions/lectures or participated as panelist in several of the above mentioned (as well as in other) conferences.





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