Elke Brüggen
Prof. Dr. Elke Brüggen

Prof. Dr. Elke Brüggen

University of Bonn
Department of German Medieval Studies
Am Hof 1d
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 7881
elke.brueggen[at]uni-bonn.de


Current Position

  • Professor for Older German Studies (with particular reference to the German literature of the Middle Ages)
  • Director of the Department of Germanistic Medieval Studies

Research

As a specialist for language, literature and culture of the German Middle Ages, Elke Brüggen focuses on literary constellations concerning opportunities to exert political influence and power. She gives particular attention to literary negotiations of counselling, an instrument which is central to the concept and practice of rule and to social order. Thus she highlights counsels given to rulers by dependent individuals from their entourage. In order to close a gap in research, particular attention is given to the relationships of female rulers and their confidants and to the particularly interesting character of the female adviser. Within the configuration of female ruler and female adviser she seeks to reveal the relationship between dependency and power to act and to explore narrated forms of dependency that are partially existentially threatening, depicted within constellations that display emotional proximity of various origin as well as social distance and hierarchy.

4 monographs and edited volumes, 43 articles, various reviews. Numerous national and international lectures and presentations. 1 supervised finished habilitation, 1 ongoing habilitation, 8 completed and 5 ongoing Ph.D. theses as first and second reviewer, numerous Magister- and exam theses and approximately 28 M.A. and 34 B.A. theses as first or second reviewer.

Education

  • 1995                                    Habilitation in German Philology and Venia legendi in German Studies               
  • 1986                                    Ph.D. in German Studies, University of Cologne, Germany
  • 1975–1982                        M.A. Studies in German Studies, English Studies, Theater, Film and TV Studies, Art History, University of Cologne, Germany

Academic Positions

  • 2012/2014/2016              Guest lecturer in Seoul (South Korea) and Tokyo (Japan)
  • 1997–present                    Professor for Older German Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 1984–1995                        Research Associate at the Institute for German Language and Literature, University of Cologne, Germany

Participation in Centers and Collaborative Projects

  •                                              Founding member and Deputy Spokesperson of the Medieval Studies Center of the University of Bonn (BMZ)
  • 2002–present                    Deputy spokesperson for the DFG Collaborative Research Center 1167 "'Macht' und 'Herrschaft': Vormoderne Konfigurationen in transkultureller Perspektive"
                                                 ['Macht' and 'Herrschaft': Premodern Configurations in a Transcultural Perspective"]
  • 2002–present                    Founding member of the Bonn Center for Transcultural Narratology (BZTN)

Additional Academic Activities

  • Reviewer for national and international research organizations and foundations
  • Expert or external commissioner in several German Studies professorship appointment procedures at universities in Germany and Switzerland
  • External reviewer for the evaluation of German Studies institutes in Switzerland
  • External expert for research projects in Switzerland
  • Reviewer for the German Research Foundation, the Humboldt Foundation, the German Cusanus Foundation, the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst Foundation, the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation

Third-Party Funding

  • DFG funding for TP 05 in DFG Collaborative Research Center 1167 "'Macht' und 'Herrschaft': Vormoderne Konfigurationen in transkultureller Perspektive" ["'Macht' and 'Herrschaft': Premodern Configurations in a Transcultural Perspective"]
  • various printing and travel grants to attend conferences

Selected Publications

  • 2015. “swie ez ie kom, ir munt was rôt. Zur Handhabung der descriptio weiblicher Körperschönheit im Parzival Wolframs von Eschenbach.” In Literarischer Stil. Mittelalterliche Dichtung zwischen Konvention und Innovation, edited by Elizabeth Andersen, Ricarda Bausche-Hartung, Nicola McLelland, and Silvia Reuvekamp, 391–411. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

  • 2014. “Irisierendes Erzählen. Zur Figurengestaltung in Wolframs Parzival.” In Wolframs Parzival-Roman im europäischen Kontext, edited by Klaus Ridder, 333–357. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag.

  • 2014. “Belacâne, Feirefîz und die anderen. Zur Narrativierung von Kulturkontakten im Parzival Wolframs von Eschenbach.” In Figuren des Globalen. Weltbezug und Welterzeugung in Literatur, Kunst und Medien, edited by Christian Moser and Linda Simonis, 673–692. Göttingen: V&R unipress.

  •  Michael Bernsen, and Matthias Becher, eds. 2013. Gründungsmythen Europas im Mittelalter. Gründungsmythen Europas in Literatur, Musik und Kunst 6. Göttingen: V&R unipress.

  • Franz-Josef Holznagel, Sebastian Coxon, and Almut Suerbaum, eds. 2012. Text und Normativität im deutschen Mittelalter. XX. Anglo-German Colloquium. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

  • and Hans-Joachim Ziegler. 2002. “Der Tristanstoff und die Manuskriptkultur des Mittelalters. Text und Bild in der Kölner Tristan-Handschrift B.” In Der “Tristan” Gottfrieds von Straßburg. Symposion Santiago de Compostella, 5. bis 8. April 2000, edited by Christoph Huber and Victor Millet, 23–74. Tübingen: Niemeyer.

  • 2001. “Fiktionalität und Didaxe. Annäherungen an die Dignität lehrhafter Rede im Mittelalter.” In Text und Kultur. Mittelalterliche Literatur 1150–1450. DFG Symposion 2000, edited by Ursula Peters, 546–574. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler.

  • 1996. “Inszenierte Körperlichkeit. Formen höfischer Interaktion am Beispiel der Joflanze-Handlung in Wolframs Parzival.” In “Aufführung” und “Schrift” in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit, edited by Jan-Dirk Müller, 205–221. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler.

  • 1994. Laienunterweisung. Untersuchungen zur deutschsprachigen weltlichen Lehrdichtung des 12. und 13. Jahrhunderts. Cologne: Universität Köln.

  • 1989. Kleidung und Mode in der höfischen Epik des 12. und 13. Jahrhunderts. Euphorion Beihefte 23. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter.

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