Christian Schneider

Christian Schneider

Associate Professor of German
Director of Undergraduate Studies
PhD, Dr. habil., Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg
research interests:
  • Medieval and Early Modern German Literature Historical Narrative Theory and Medieval Poetics Medieval Courtly Culture History of Knowledge and Science Medieval Media and Adaptation Textual Editing

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Professor Schneider's research and teaching interests are in medieval and early modern literature, with a focus on narrative theory and poetics, late medieval court literature, and pre-modern history of thought and knowledge.

Christian Schneider is the author of Hovezuht (2008), a monograph on the nature and functioning of literary discourses on courtliness in late medieval court societies. His second book, Logiken des Erzählens (forthcoming with De Gruyter), examines the logic of storytelling in vernacular epics from the 12th and 13th centuries. In addition to essays on topics ranging from the concept of "fictionality" in pre-modern literature to late medieval and early modern scientific writings, he has co-edited five essay anthologies, among them Erzähllogiken in der Literatur des Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit (2013), Knowledge in Motion: Constructing Transcultural Experience in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods (1200–1750) (2017, with Gerhild Scholz Williams), and Der "Welsche Gast" des Thomasin von Zerklaere: Neue Perspektiven auf eine alte Verhaltenslehre in Text und Bild (forthcoming with Heidelberg University Publishing).

Professor Schneider's teaching covers the full range of medieval and early modern literature, with a particular interest in the aesthetics and poetics of medieval literary culture. His course offerings include general courses in German language and culture and the history of the German language. He also teaches in the program in Comparative Literature and the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities and currently serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Schneider was a Volkswagen Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Washington University from 2012 to 2013. In 2016, he was awarded a Marie S. Curie FCFP Senior Fellowship at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. He has received additional research grants from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In 2010–11, Schneider co-curated an exhibition on the Manesse Codex and medieval German love lyric which is documented in Der Codex Manesse und die Entdeckung der Liebe (2010). From 2011 to 2014, he also headed an editing project on Thomasin's von Zerklaere Der Welsche Gast. This work is being done within the Collaborative Research Centre 933, "Material Text Cultures," at Heidelberg University, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.