Manfred Loimeier Archive

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The Manfred Loimeier Archive comprises 35 lever arch files full of newspaper articles, interviews, book reviews, manuscripts, cuttings from publishers' brochures, print-outs of internet pages, and numerous other documents related to African writers and African literatures, which the German journalist, author and literary scholar Manfred Loimeier collected between 1990 and 2010. In 2010, Manfred Loimeier bestowed his collection on the Jahn Library for African Literatures in order to make it accessible for research. 

Manfred Loimeier Manfred Loimeier studied German literature and linguistics, art history and philosophy in Tübingen, Vienna, Basel and Berlin. 2005, he completed his PhD at Bayreuth University with a dissertation on the journalistic interview as a form of reception in the francophone, anglophone and German-language press, focusing on Wole Soyinka and Ousmane Sembène. In 2010, he acquired his habilitation in Heidelberg with a study on J.M. Coetzee.

Since 1990, Manfred Loimeier has, as part of his work as a journalist, published numerous newspaper articles on African literatures as well as interviews with African writers. He has published several books on African literature, one collection of interviews, and two anthologies of South African short stories, as well as translated Zimbabwean writer Shimmer Chinodya's latest novel, Strife (2007), into German. In 1997, he evaluated projects of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Nigeria and Mali to enhance reading skills. For two years, he acted as a literary scout and presenter of readings with South African writers who, between 2003 und 2005 and on invitation of the foundation "Kunst:Raum Sylt-Quelle", read from their work in Hamburg and on the island of Sylt. Furthermore, he has taught seminar courses on African Literatures at Heidelberg University and at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

If you want to access the Manfred Loimeier Archive, please send an email to the head of the Jahn Library). 


Selected books by Manfred Loimeier

African literature

Loimeier, Manfred (Hg.), 2011: Südafrika fürs Handgepäck. Zurich: Unionsverlag.

Chinodya, Shimmer, 2010: Zwietracht. A novel. Translation from the English by Manfred Loimeier. Heidelberg: Wunderhorn.

Loimeier, Manfred (Ed.), 2010: Elf. Fußballgeschichten aus Südafrika. Wuppertal: Peter Hammer.

Loimeier, Manfred (Ed.), 2005: Yizo Yizo. Geschichten aus einem neuen Südafrika. Wuppertal: Peter Hammer.

Books on African literature

Loimeier, Manfred, 2012: Wortschätze. Interviews mit afrikanischen Schriftstellerinnen und Schriftstellern. Berlin: Horlemann.

Loimeier, Manfred, 2012: Szene Afrika. Kunst und Kultur südlich der Sahara. Frankfurt/Main: Brandes & Apsel.

Loimeier, Manfred, 2010: Africando. Literarische Reise durch einen Kontinent. Frankfurt/Main: Brandes & Apsel.

Loimeier, Manfred, 2008: J.M. Coetzee. Munich: edition text + kritik.

Loimeier, Manfred, 2006: Die Macht des Wortes. Zum journalistischen Interview als Rezeptionsform in der frankophonen, anglophonen und deutschsprachigen Presse – am Beispiel von Ousmane Sembène (Senegal) und Wole Soyinka (Nigeria). (Bayreuth African Studies, 79) Bayreuth: Pia Thielmann & Eckhard Breitinger, Bayreuth University.

Loimeier, Manfred, 2002: Wortwechsel. Gespräche mit afrikanischen Autorinnen und Autoren. A collection of interviews. Bad Honnef: Horlemann.

Loimeier, Manfred, 1998: Zum Beispiel: Afrikanische Literatur. Göttingen: Lamuv.

Loimeier, Manfred, 1996: Zum Beispiel: Ken Saro-Wiwa. Göttingen: Lamuv.