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Nigel Palmer

MA, D.Phil., FBA

Nigel Palmer's research interests are in Medieval German language and literature. He is engaged in a collaborative research project, together with a group of colleagues in Germany. Switzerland and the United States, on the 'Literary topography of SW Germany in the 14th century', which is an attempt to establish a literary history of the region on the basis of the manuscript sources and library history. The project concentrates on Baden_Württemberg, Switzerland and the Alsace. One contribution to this was a book on Bible translation in the later Middle Ages. His main current project, however, is an edition, facsimile, translation and literary study of a late-medieval illustrated prayerbook from Strasbourg, the 'Begerin_Gebetbuch' (now held in Bern), together with the art-historian Professor Jeffrey F. Hamburger (Harvard). Other areas of special interest are blockbooks and their place in early printing history, the interface between Latin literature and German literature in the Middle Ages, the literature of the Cistercian order in Germany, and palaeography and codicology of the period 1100_1550. He is editor of Oxford German Studies (together with Jim Reed) and of Medium Aevum (together with Corinne Saunders and Jane Taylor). He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, a Corresponding Fellow of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, and received the research prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2007.

Teaching

German medieval and linguistics studies. He likes to lecture on a wide range of topics in Medieval German Literature, including the topics studied for Paper VI (Medieval German culture) and Paper IX (NibelungenliedParzival, 'Minnesang', religious drama). He also contributes to the Linguistic Studies options with lectures on Old High German, on Middle High German grammar, and the medieval set text for Paper IV (Helmbrecht). He regularly provides a course for graduate students on Palaeography and the History of the Book in the Middle Ages.

Special Subjects Taught

Walther von der Vogelweide and the origins of the German love lyric; Gottfried's Tristan and medieval German Court Society; Mechthild von Magdeburg and women's writing in German 1150-1300.

Selected Publications

Editor, with T.J. Reed, Oxford German Studies (Oxford: EHRA (1989-2004); Leeds: W.S. Maney & Son Ltd; MHRA, 1989-)

Editor, with Corinne Saunders and Jane H.M. Taylor, Medium AEvum (Oxford: Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature, 1991-)

'Das Buch als Bedeutungsträger bei Mechthild von Magdeburg', in: Bildhafte Rede in Mittelalter und früher Neuzeit, ed. K. Speckenbach / W. Harms (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1992), 217-235

German Literary Culture in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries. An Inaugural Lecture delivered before the University of Oxford on 4 March 1993 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993)

Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher. Die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 1998)

Editor, with Christoph Gerhardt, Das Münchner Gedicht von den 15 Zeichen vor dem Jüngsten Gericht. Edition und Kommentar, Texte des späten Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit (Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2002)

With Hans-Jochen Schiewer, 'Literarische Topographie des deutschsprachigen Südwestens im 14. Jahrhundert', Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie, 122, Sonderheft (2003), 178-202

'Deutschsprachige Literatur im Zisterzienserorden. Versuch einer Darstellung am Beispiel der ostschwäbischen Zisterzienser- und Zisterzienserinnenliteratur im Umkreis von Kloster Kaisheim im 13. und 14. Jahrhundert', in Zisterziensisches Schreiben im Mittelalter - Das Skriptorium der Reiner Mönche. Beiträge der Internationalen Tagung im Zisterzienserstift Rein, Mai 2003, ed. Anton Schwob and Karin Kranich-Hofbauer, Jahrbuch für Internationale Germanistik Reihe A Band 71 (Bern etc.: Peter Lang, 2005), 231-266

Bibelübersetzung und Heilsgeschichte. Studien zur Freiburger Perikopenhandschrift von 1462 und zu den deutschsprachigen Lektionaren des 15. Jahrhunderts, Wolfgang Stammler Gastprofessur 9 (Berlin: De Gruyter [at press], 2007)

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