In 1846, King Frederick William IV of Prussia invited his English friend, the translator Jonathan Birch, to choose apartments in one of his royal palaces. But what possible interest could that have for a medievalist? As it happens, Birch was the first person to produce a ‘complete’ English translation ('translation' is a word which potentially… Continue reading An English ‘Nibelungenlied’ Translator in Berlin
I’m currently researching nineteenth-century Anglophone responses to medieval German literature. This is a postdoctoral project at Maynooth University, funded by the Irish Research Council. I thought I’d post a taster of what I’m doing at the moment, which is looking at English-language versions of the Nibelungenlied. Although I’m considering the long nineteenth century (ending in… Continue reading Queens and Vassals: Lost in Translation
My review of Irmgard Rüsenberg's Liebe und Leid, Kampf und Grimm: Gefühlswelten in der deutschen Literatur des Mittelalters was published in Modern Language Review (Vol. 113, No. 1, January 2018).
I've recently written a post for the Birkbeck Pilgrim Libraries Network, which you can read over at their website. Here's an extract from the introduction: The co-opting, or re-presenting, of other pilgrimage or travel texts is an integral aspect of pilgrimage writing. This doesn’t mean that pilgrim writings are simply generic – in fact this essential… Continue reading Whose Words? Blog for Pilgrim Libraries
I'm lucky enough to have been spending this summer as a visiting scholar at the Großbritannien-Zentrum (Centre for British Studies), which is part of Berlin’s Humboldt University. Two months of this period was funded by the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst/ German Academic Exchange Service) as part of a project looking at reader responses to Sebastian… Continue reading Readers and Fools