About

The Walser Type is a website created by Jarod Heddle, an English language teacher, university educator, and writer from Melbourne, Australia.

Some of the articles appearing here have been published elsewhere in Australian journals and online magazines. Others are blog posts, covering a range of informal interests and experiences.

Where does the website name come from?

Franz Kafka’s first published stories were once referred to as “a peculiar case of the Walser type.” Robert Walser (1878-1956) was a German-language writer of novels and short prose. Years later, introducing Walser to American readers, the great cultural critic Susan Sontag extended the identification to refer to writing that’s anti-heroic, miniaturist, and done in a spirit of humility — an alternative to overblown narratives of egotism.

Which is to say I don’t have time to be a grandiose egotist.