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Dr. Stefan Seeber

University of Freiburg
Medieval and Early Modern German Literature
Junior Fellow
October 2013 - July 2014


I was born in 1977, I am married with two children. I studied German Literature and History at the universities of Heidelberg, Vienna, and Freiburg and graduated in 2004. My PhD thesis was submitted in 2008. Since 2005, I have been working at Prof. Schiewer’s chair of Medieval Literature at Freiburg University, 2012 I was appointed Akademischer Rat a.Z. I went to Oxford twice, once as a DAAD scholarship holder while I was working on my thesis (2004/5) and once as a Lynen Postdoctoral Fellow sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation (2010-2012).


Selected Publications

  • Poetik des Lachens. Untersuchungen zum mittelhochdeutschen Roman um 1200, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2010 (MTU 140).
  • Wolframs "Titurel" und der Mythos der Minne, in: PBB 132 (2010), S. 43-61.
  • Arthurische Sonderwege. Zur Rolle der Artuswelt bei Eilhart und in den "Tristan"-Fortsetzungen, in: Artusroman und Mythos, hg. v. Friedrich Wolfzettel, Cora Dietl und Matthias Däumer, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2011 (SIA 8), S. 145-164.
  • Freud und die Mediävistik. Witztheoretische Überlegungen anhand von Wolframs ›Parzival‹, in: Oxford German Studies 41,2 (2012), S. 129-147.
  • Wissen, Macht, Freude. Rezipientenlenkung im ›Wilhelm von Wenden‹ Ulrichs von Etzenbach, in: Höfische Wissensordnungen, hg. v. Hans-Jochen Schiewer und Stefan Seeber, Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2012 (Encomia Deutsch 2), S. 103-119.


FRIAS Research Project

1.) Towards a Poetics of the Novel. The German Novel and its Implied Reception between 1300 and 1624 in its European Context

This is a larger project which I will finish during my time at FRIAS. My starting point for the book is the assumption that early modern vernacular poetics is mainly focused on percipients, their attention to and interest in the texts they are reading. On this basis, I retrace the poetics of the novel of the time. I analyze selected novels from the late medieval and early modern period with attention to the changes in their attitude towards percipients. This allows me to draw a picture of gradual poetical changes in a period of media revolution. My research is not only about the genre of the novel, but also wants to highlight an “Epochenschwelle” that demands that we rethink the established and unquestioned boundaries between the Middle Ages and the Baroque.

2.) The Dominican Discourse on Love in Selected Manuscripts from Schönensteinbach Nunnery (in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Nigel F. Palmer, Oxford, and Dr. Stephen Mossman, Manchester)

This collaborative project aims to analyze and edit a set of texts hitherto unknown to scholarship. The manuscripts from Schönensteinbach were closely linked to the monastic reform with its centre in Nuremberg (the Dominican Observance), and present a unique collection of texts on love. Together with Nigel Palmer and Stephen Mossman, I will edit some of these texts, starting with a tract on love ascribed to Macrobius. Together with this edition, we will provide a commentary and an interdisciplinary outlook on the discourse on love that influences the tract.