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Evelyn Meyer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of German; German Program Coordinator
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Courses Taught

All levels of German language classes, which all incorporate contemporary culture and development of intercultural communication skills; German cultural history courses; Medieval German literature and culture courses which focus on questions of gender, race, ethics, engaging with the other, and what shaped social discourses at that time; The German Media; Berlin and Identities in the 20th and 21st centuries. All courses emphasize social, political and cultural issues as appropriate to the course.


Ph.D., Germanic Medieval Studies (major) & Women Studies (minor), University of Minnesota, 2003
M.A., English, Louisiana State University, 1994
B.A., German & English Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany, 1990

Research Interests

  • Germanic medieval literature and culture

  • (Illuminated) medieval manuscripts

  • Construction of gender, race and the Other in literature and culture

  • The application of media & technology to second/foreign language acquisition

  • Integration of social issues in the teaching of literature and culture

Publications and Media Placements

Edited Volumes:

Meyer, Evelyn & Melissa Ridley Elmes (co-eds). Ethics in the Arthurian Legend. Boydell and Brewer. 2023. 400pp. (More information on the book)

Meyer, Evelyn & Andrea Schindler (co-eds.) Geschichten sehen, Bilder hören. Bildprogramme im Mittelalter. Conference Proceedings Bamberg, July 12-13, 2013, Univ. of Bamberg P.  2015. 216pp.

Andress, Reinhard (ed.), Evelyn Meyer & Gregory Divers (co-eds.). Weltanschauliche Orientierungsversuche im Exil / Changes of World View in Exile. Rodopi. 2010. 371pp.

Book Chapters (selection):

“Too Quickly or Not Quickly Enough, Too Rash and Too Harshly: The Arthurian Court’s Lack of Ethics in Hartmann von Aue’s Erec and Iwein and Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival” in: Ethics in the Arthurian Legend. Eds. Evelyn Meyer and Melissa Ridely Elmes, Boydell & Brewer. 2023. 35-64.

“'Warum Mittelalter? Das interessiert mich nicht wirklich!' Kreative Projekte im mediävistischen Literaturseminar im Ausland.” in: Mediävistische Perspektiven im 21. Jahrhundert. Festschrift für Ingrid Bennewitz zum 65. Geburtstag. Ed. Andrea Schindler. Wiesbaden: Germany: Reichert. 2021. 429–45.

“Teaching a Daughter Sexual Desire and Love Lore: Herzeloyde’s Mentorship of Sigune in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Titurel and Albrecht von Scharfenberg’s Jüngerer Titurel”, in: Gender Bonds, Gender Binds: Men, Women, and Family in Middle High German Literature, Essays in Honor of Ann Marie Rasmussen. Edited by Alison L. Beringer, Sara S. Poor, and Olga Trokhimenko. Berlin, Germany: de Gruyter. 2021. 117-136.

“Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival: A Complex Reshaping and Expansion of A Source.” Wiley Blackwell Companion to World Literature. edited by Ken Seigneurie (general editor), Wiley Blackwell: Hoboken, USA, and Chichester, UK. 2020. Vol. 2: 967-978.

“The Slippery Concept of Evil in Hartmann von Aue’s Erec and Iwein.The End-Times in Medieval German Literature: Sin, Evil, and the Apocalypse. Ernst Ralph Hintz and Scott Pincikowski, eds. Rochester, NY: Camden. 2019. 190-215.

Articles (selection):

“Das ungerechtfertigte Leid der Frauen: Hartmanns Variationen des Typus der ‘leidenden Frau’ in Enite, Laudine und Lunete” Hartmann von Aue 1230-1517. Kulturgeschichtliche Perspektiven der handschriftlichen Überlieferung. Margreth Egidi, Markus Greulich and Marie-Sophie Masse, eds. Zeitschrift für deutsches Altertum und deutsche Literatur - Beiheft 34. Stuttgart: S. Hirzel. 2020. 147-168.

co-authored with Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand, “Ann Marie Rasmussen”, in: Samantha J. Rayner “Female Arthurian Scholars: An Initial Collection of Tributes.” Journal of the International Arthurian Society 7:1 (2019): 3-41, ours: 30-31.

co-authored with Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand. “sine mugens nicht erdenken: wand ez kan vor in wenken rechte alsma ein schellec hase: Women’s German Medieval-Arthurian Scholarship.” Journal of the International Arthurian Society 7:1 (2019): 61-90.

co-authored with Lee Forrester, “Implementing Student-Produced Video Projects in Language Courses: Guidelines and Lessons Learned”, Unterrichtspraxis 48:2 (2015): 192-210. Best Article in Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German Award 2016, AATG.

Editions/Transcriptions of Medieval Manuscript Texts:

Hartmann von Aue. Iwein. Manuscript A: Universitätisbibliothek Heidelberg, Codex Palatinus Germanicus 397: Introduction to the manuscript edition and edition of the manuscript text (184pp). Hartmann von Aue Knowledgebase Portal, Universität Trier, published online  (2007).

Mönch von Salzburg “Lied von den sieben Tagzeiten” (late 14th, early 15th century) contained at the end of Kalocsa Ms. 20.672, 11th century. Transcription and Translation, published at (2007), invited by Prof. Paul Shore, then Educational Studies, Saint Louis University.

Honors and Awards

Evelyn Meyer won the "2016 Best Article in Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German Award" by the AATG (American Association of Teachers of German), with collaborator Lee Forester, Ph.D. of Hope College. The article for which they received his award is “Implementing Student-Produced Video Projects in Language Courses: Guidelines and Lessons Learned,” Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German 48:2 (2015): 192-210. Award Presentation at the Annual AATG/ACTFL Convention, Boston, MA, November 19, 2016.