Professor Schneider’s research and teaching interests are in medieval narrative theory, late medieval courtly culture, pre-modern history of thought and knowledge, and textual criticism.
Schneider is the author of a monograph on the formation and function of courtly ideals within the literary life of the Habsburg and the Salzburg courts in the 14th century (Hovezuht, 2008). 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 several essay anthologies. A volume on medieval literary theory (Mittelalterliche Poetik in Theorie und Praxis) appeared in 2009, another volume on Erzähllogiken in der Literatur des Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit in 2013.
In 2010–2011, 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). His current book project is on the logic of storytelling in German narratives from the 12th and 13th centuries. Here he examines how the narrative logic of vernacular literature in this timeframe was shaped by the poetological, audiovisual, and particularly the performative contexts of medieval storytelling.
He has studied in Passau, Norwich, Heidelberg, and Vienna. He was the recipient of a graduate scholarship (2000–2002) and a PhD scholarship (2004–2007) from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). In 2012–2013, he received a Volkswagen Foundation postdoctoral fellowship to work at Washington University in St. Louis. He has received additional research grants from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Since July 2011, Professor Schneider has 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 (DFG).