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Björn K. Buschbeck


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Mondays 8:00-9:00am, 260–311 (please send me a short message if you'd like to come to my office hours)

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Björn K. Buschbeck


since 2015: Ph.D. candidate, German Studies, Stanford University
2015: Master of Arts (M.A.), German Literature, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
2014: Master of Studies (M.St. Oxon.), Modern Languages, Oxford University, Oriel College
2012: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), German Literature and Language and Political Science, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg


GERMAN 135 German Conversation (GERMAN 235)
GERMAN 235 German Conversation (GERMAN 135)

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Academic Interests:
My academic interests focus on the transmission and poetics of late medieval and early modern religious literature (esp. prayers, devotional texts, and revelation accounts), the so-called "German Mysticism," 14th - 16th c. monastic manuscript cultures, and the Middle High German heroic epic. Since 2016, I am acting as the graduate coordinator for Stanford's Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS).
I am currently writing my dissertation (advisor: Kathryn Starkey, co-advisor: Fiona Griffiths) on the textual history, poetics and 'reception aesthetics' of 15th and 16th c. allegorical devotions and prayers from southern German monastic contexts.
"Sprechen mit dem Heiligen und Eintauchen in den Text: Zur Wirkungsästhetik eines Passionsgebets aus dem ‚Engelberger Gebetbuch‘", in Das Mittelalter 24.2 (2019), pp. 390–408.
“Selbstgebrauch, Ermächtigung und Kontrollverlust in der Vita Elsbeths von Oye”, in: Punishment and Penitential Practices in Medieval German Writing, ed. by Sarah Bowden and Annette Volfing, Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer 2018 (King’s College London Medieval Studies), pp. 156–174.
"Ein Held, der keiner mehr sein wollte. König Ortnits Tod und das Problem, eine Heldenerzählung zu beenden", in Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie 136.3 (2017), pp. 363-386.
Manuscript description of Freiburg, UB, Hs 1500,30, together with Ina Serif, 2013, online:
Scholarships and Awards:
2009 - 2015: Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
2016: Alumni Award of the University of Freiburg Alumni Association (for M.A. thesis)
2018: The Europe Center (Stanford), Graduate research grant
Courses taught:
Fall 2015/2016:
GERLANG 20A: German Conversation for Beginners
Autumn 2016/17:
GERLANG 1: First-Year German, First Quarter
Winter 2016/17:
GERLANG 2-02: First-Year German, Second Quarter
Spring 2016/17:
GERLANG 3: First-Year German, Third Quarter
Autumn 2017/18:
GERLANG 21: Second-Year German
Spring 2017/18
GERLANG 20C: German Conversation for Advanced Speakers
Autumn 2018/19
GERMAN 131: What is German Literature?
Winter 2018/19
GERMAN 213: Medieval Germany, 900-1250 (together with Kathryn Starkey, Fiona Griffiths, Mareike Reisch)