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Grainne Therese Watson

Ph.D. Candidate in German Studies


Gráinne Watson, a native of Northern Ireland, gained her undergraduate and master degrees from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her research interests include narratology, identity conceptions and more generally theoretical approaches to medieval German literature. Her dissertation project looks at representations of time in the eleventh and twelfth centuries in the German lands. 


Professional Experience:

Graduate Student Coordinator, Theoretical Approaches to the Middle Ages ( Stanford Humanities Center funded Workshop)

2012 Steering Committee, DLCL Graduate Student Conference: Urban/Jungles, Stanford University 

Reader for Hortulus Graduate Journal of Mediaeval Studies (Since September 2009)


Invited Talks:

‘Die Darstellung der Zeit im Annolied.’ Medieval Colloquium, University of Tübingen, July 2010.


Conference Talks:

"Overcoming Anachronism through Galvanizing Genre: The Case of the German Chronicle."  The Uses and Abuses of Time, UNC Chapel Hill, March 2013

"Modifying the Myth: Temporal Identity Creation in the Alexanderlied."Kalamazoo, May 2012.

"The Corrupt Chronicle:  The Politics of Fictionalizing History in the Kaiserchronik." MLA, Seattle, January 2012.

"Nû ist cît, daz wir dencken, wî wir selve sulin enden- The representation of time in Das Annolied." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 2010

"The lion, the wild and the women: defining masculinity in Iwein." Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Panel, SAMLA, November 2009

"Fortune favours the male: the gendered role of saelde in Wigalois." Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages Annual Conference, Saint Andrews Institute for Mediaeval Studies, May 2009.



Courses Taught and Teaching Experience:

German 3, Stanford University Winter Quarter 2013

German 1 Elementary German, Duke University August 2010- December 2010

German 2 Elementary German, Duke University January 2011-March 2011

German 65 Intermediate German, Duke University May 2011- July 2011

German 65 Intermediate German, Duke University August 2011- Present

GM4089 Germany’s Monsters- a German honours literature module comprised of third and fourth year students, University of St Andrews 2008.


GERMAN 122 Germany in Crisis

Focusing on literature that precedes three major events in German history- the Reformation, the Second World War, and German reunification- this course explores German cultural output leading up to moments of fissure. Beginning in 1930s Frankfurt, exploring a pre- and post- reunified Berlin, and returning to the Middle Ages, students will develop an understanding of the role of literature as a critical indicator of social and cultural paradigm shifts. Through the study of the diverse set of authors and literature under consideration, students will explore a variety of categorization issues such as medium, religion, ideology, gender and secularization.

GERMAN 131 What is German Literature?

This course covers material from the fairy tales of German romanticism, expressionist poetry and painting, literary responses to Nazi Germany and reflections on a unified Germany. Exploring the shifting relationships between cultural aesthetics, entertainment, historical context, and "what is German", we will cover roughly 250 years of literary and artistic production, social and political upheavals, as well as the lives of numerous authors, both male and female. Taught in German. Prerequisite: One year of German language at Stanford or equivalent.