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Professor of German
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Office Hours — Spring 2020

  • Wednesday: 12:50 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Or by appointment

Areas of Research

German and European literary and cultural history from the Middle Ages, Arthurian Studies, digital humanities, transcultural studies, cultural game theory.

Book-in-Progress: Allegories of Action: A Feminist Gaming of Medieval Christian Culture. A study of selected writings of Hrosvitha von Gandersheim, Hildegard von Bingen, Héloïse, Mechthild von Magdeburg, Christine de Pisan, and others.



Will Hasty is Waldo W. Neikirk Professor of German Studies and Co-Director of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. He has published widely on medieval and early modern literature culture, particularly on medieval romance narratives. He is author of numerous books and has edited collections of essays and literary encyclopedias.

Selected Publications

  • Forthcoming: “The Beginning of the End: Binary Dynamics and Initiative in Hartmann von Aue’s Gregorius,” in Endtimes in Medieval German Literature, eds. Ernst Ralf Hintz and Scott Pincikowski (Camden House).
  • The Medieval Risk-Reward Society. Courts, Adventure, and Love in the European Middle Ages (Columbus: The Ohio State University press, 2016).
  • “Revolutions and Final Solutions: On Enlightenment and its Dialectic in Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” in Arthuriana: The Journal of Arthurian Studies. 24.2 (2014): 21-42.
  • “The Allure of Otherworlds: the Arthurian Romances in Germany,” in A Companion to Arthurian Literature, ed. Helen Fulton. (Maldon, MA and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), 175-188.
  • “Bounds of Imagination: Grail Questing and Chivalric Colonizing in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival,” in The Grail, the Quest and the World of Arthur, ed. Norris J. Lacy (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2008), 48-61.
  • “Theorizing German Romance: The Excursus on Enite’s Horse and Saddle in Hartmann von Aue’s Erec,” in Seminar 43, 3 (2007): 253-264.
  • “Theory meets Praxis: From Derrida to the Beginning German Classroom via the Internet,” in Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German/ 39 1-2 (2006): 14-23.

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