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Aysha Strachan


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PhD title: Women as Sexual Predators in Medieval German Literature  

An examination of the representation of women as sexual predators within medieval German writing. The thesis explores perceived norms of gender and sexuality across various medieval genres of text (romance, mæren, Minnesang, sermons and other more overtly didactic forms of writing (c.1170-c.1380)) and how they are challenged and undermined. In order to develop a critical framework that incorporates the concepts of sex, gender, victimhood, co-dependency, objectification and exploitation, both medieval discourses of gender normativity and modern feminist scholarship and gender theory are considered.

Research interests

-Middle High German & Old French epic and romance 

-Gender, Queer and Identity Theory 

-The Arthurian tradition 

-Sexuality and transgression 


Biographical details

Funded by the London Arts and Humanities Research Partnership (LAHP)

Jointly Supervised by Professor Andreas Kraß as part of the Joint PhD programme between King's College London and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Education/Academic qualification

Modern Languages (German), Master of Studies, University of Oxford

Award Date: 31 Aug 2018

French and German (Joint Honours with a Year Abroad), Bachelor of Arts, King's College London

Award Date: 31 Aug 2017


  • PD Germanic languages
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • medieval literature


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