About Us

Annotating Literature was initiated in 2011 by Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer and PD Dr. Angelika Zirker. They had noticed that many explanatory annotations are not helpful for understanding literary texts and set out to change this.

The student groups are part of a larger research project that is concerned with developing a transparent system for annotating literary texts: the Tübingen Explanatory Annotations System (TEASys).

This system takes into account that readers have different needs and interests. With TEASys, they can choose the amount and depth of information they receive, as well as the kind of information they are provided with. For more information on this research project see.

Our student groups use this system to write academically reliable annotations that take into account readerly needs. For this, they orient themselves by the style guide – a set of practical recommendations that is based on the theory we have developed. This styleguide is continuously revised and improved.

The annotations written by our participant will be published on our TEASys viewer [under construction].


How you can participate:
We welcome students of all backgrounds – no matter your subject or experience. During the semester each group meets weekly or bi-weekly. The meetings are student-only – after your annotations have been peer-reviewed, they are handed in to Prof. Bauer and PD Dr. Zirker, who review them as well. When your annotations are finished, they are uploaded unto our homepage.

B.A. students can gain 4 ECTS for writing 6 annotations or 6 ECTS for writing 10+ annotations. You can use these ECTS for your Schlüsselqualifikationen.

M.A. students can gain 3 ECTS for their Master work groups. For this, you have to write 6 annotations.


Our groups:
(1) Poetry (each participant can choose which poem he or she wants to work on)

(2) Charles Dickens’s The Chimes

(3) Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper

(4) Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle


annotating-literature [at] es.uni-tuebingen.de