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Research interests

My research concentrates on medieval German literature, culture and thought. One main focus has been the group of Middle High German texts known as 'bridal-quest epic', which were the subject of my PhD and my first monograph, Bridal-Quest Epics in Medieval Germany: A Revisionary Approach

My current area of research is Early Middle High German literature (c. 1050-1170). I am particularly interested in the development of German as a literary language in the 11th and 12th centuries and its relationship with writings in Latin. One major focus is on confession; I am investigating the development and change of the penitential system in the 12th century and considering how thinking about confession, penance and sinfulness is expressed in poetic texts.

Biographical details

I studied German and Latin at Clare College Cambridge, where I stayed to take an MPhil and a PhD. In 2010 I was elected to the post of Powys Roberts Research Fellow at St Hugh's College Oxford, and I joined King's College London as Lecturer in German in 2012.

Research interests (short)

- Early Middle High German literature

- Middle High German epic and romance

- Medieval religious culture

- Genre and literary history

- Cultures of confession and penance

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Brautwerbungsepik: a reevaluation of a problematic genre. Studies of König Rother, Salman und Morolf, the Münchner Oswald and Grauer Rock, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Master of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006


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