Kathryn Starkey

Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies
Professor of German Studies
Professor, by courtesy, of Comparative Literature
Professor, by courtesy, of English
Professor, by courtesy, of History
Chair, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
1998: Ph.D., German Literature and Culture, University of California, Berkeley
1993: MA., Germanic Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley
1990: B.A., with Honours, German, Linguistics, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Kathryn Starkey is Professor of German in the Department of German Studies and, by courtesy, Professor of English, History, and Comparative Literature. Her work focuses primarily on medieval German literature from the eleventh to the thirteenth century, and her research topics encompass visuality and materiality, object/thing studies, manuscript illustration and transmission, language, performativity, and poetics. She has held visiting appointments at the Universities of Palermo (2011) and Freiburg im Breisgau (2013 and 2018).

Recent book publications (since 2012) include:

  • * Things and Thingness in European Literature and Visual Art, 800-1600, edited with Jutta Eming (Berlin/New York, 2021).
  • * Animals in Text and Textile. Storytelling in the Medieval World, edited with Evelin Wetter. Riggisberger Berichte, Vol. 24 (Riggisberg, Switzerland, 2019).
  • * Sensory Reflections. Traces of Experience in Medieval Artifacts, edited with Fiona Griffiths (Berlin/New York, 2018).
  • * Neidhart: Selected Songs from the Riedegger Manuscript, edited and translated with Edith Wenzel, TEAMS series in bilingual medieval German texts (Kalamazoo, MI, 2016).
  • * A Courtier’s Mirror: Cultivating Elite Identity in Thomasin von Zerclaere’s “Welscher Gast” (Notre Dame, 2013).
  • * Visuality and Materiality in the Story of Tristan, edited with Jutta Eming and Ann Marie Rasmussen (Notre Dame, 2012).

Professor Starkey is the PI for the Global Medieval Sourcebook (https://sourcebook.stanford.edu/) for which she received a NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant (2018) as well as awards from the Roberta Bowman Denning Fund for Humanities and Technologies at Stanford (2016, 2017, 2018).

Her current research projects include a co-authored (with Fiona Griffiths) textbook for the Cambridge Medieval Textbook series on A History of Medieval Germany (900-1220).

Professor Starkey has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the UNC Institute for the Arts and the Humanities, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC).

Before joining the faculty at Stanford in 2012 she taught in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.




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Office Hours

Fridays 3-5 and by appointment.

Research Interests

  • Comparative Studies


  • Cultural History & Studies


  • Digital Humanities


  • English Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • German Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Literary and Cultural Theory


  • Medieval Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Narratology


  • Poetry and Poetics


  • Visual Arts and Visual Culture


  • Women’s Studies