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Wolfgang Beck (Germanist)

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Wolfgang Beck (* 20 April 1971 in Würzburg) is a German medievalist.

Beck studied German language and literature and history in Würzburg from 1991 to 1997. He received his doctorate there in 2002 with a dissertation on an ancient German topic, “Die Merseburger Zaubersprüche” (The Merseburg Spells), published in 2003 in the Imagines Medii Aevi series as a new standard work. In 2010, he completed his habilitation at the University of Jena with a thesis on the history of the transmission of German literature of the Middle Ages in Thuringia (published in 2017).

Beck has held professorships in Augsburg, Jena and Leipzig. He is currently a Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Foundation. He researches and publishes on
He has written articles on the history of the transmission of medieval German literature, on the regional literary history of Thuringia, on the historical dialectology of Middle High German, on Old High German language and literature, on runology and on Germanic and medieval mythology and religious history, as well as on Old Germanic poetry. As an author, he has contributed articles to the second edition of the Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde from volume 25 onwards, as well as Old Germanic and Old Scandinavian articles to the Metzler Lexikon Literatur in the 3rd revised edition of 2007.

Works

Monographs

  • The Merseburg Spells. Wiesbaden 2003 (= Imagines Medii Aevi 16) 2nd, corrected edition Wiesbaden 2011.
  • The Merseburg Spells. An introduction. Expanded 2nd edition. Petersberg 2015 (= Kleine Schriften der Vereinigten Domstifter zu Merseburg und Naumburg und des Kollegiatstifts Zeitz Bd. 8).
  • German literature of the Middle Ages in Thuringia. Eine Überlieferungsgeschichte. Stuttgart 2017 (= Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für deutsches Altertum und deutsche Literatur 26).

Contributions in selection

  • Runisch feha. Namenkundliches zur S-Fibel von Weingarten. In: Historische Sprachforschung 114 (2001), pp. 309-318.
  • birenkict. On a horse’s foot of the Second Merseburg Spell. In: insprinc haptbandun. Papers presented at the colloquium on the Merseburg spells at the XIth symposium of the Indo-Germanic Society in Halle/Saale (17-23 September 2000). Edited by Heiner Eichner and Robert Nedoma. Part I. [= Die Sprache. Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft 41 (1999; year of publication: 2002)], pp. 89-103.
  • Fulda and the Merseburg Spells. In: Fuldaer Geschichtsblätter 80 (2004), pp. 45-66.
  • Snorri Sturluson. The Myth of the North. In: Artists, Poets, Scholars. Edited with the collaboration of Margarete Springeth by Ulrich Müller and Werner Wunderlich. Konstanz 2005 (= Middle Ages Myths 4), pp. 963-979.
  • New Fragments of the ‘Psalms Commentary’ of the Austrian Bible Translator from the State Archives of Altenburg/Thuringia. In: Zeitschrift für deutsches Altertum und deutsche Literatur 136 (2007), pp. 68-71.
  • Limits and possibilities of a corpus production of German literature of the Middle Ages in Thuringia. In: Ostmitteldeutsche Schreibsprachen im Spätmittelalter. Edited by Luise Czajkowski, Corinna Hoffmann and Hans Ulrich Schmid. Berlin 2007, pp. 154-164.
  • An ‘Erfurt house postilla’. On the origin and tradition of the sermon collection ‘Paradisus anime intelligentis’. In: Medieval Language and Literature in Eisenach and Erfurt. Conference on the occasion of the 70th birthday of Rudolf Bentzinger on 22. 8. 2006. Edited by Annegret Haase, Martin J. Schubert and Jürgen Wolf. (= Culture, Science, Literature. Contributions to Medieval Research 18). Frankfurt am Main 2008, pp. 104-121.
  • News on the runic inscription on the gold bracteate Skåne II-C. In: Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik 65 (2009), pp. 11-25.
  • mise en abyme in Ulrich of Liechtenstein’s ‘Frauendienst’. In: Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 248 (2011), pp. 258-269.
  • Die Würzburger Markbeschreibungen – Aspekte einer Neubewertung. In: Sprachwissenschaft 38 (2013), pp. 211-226.
  • Die expernancz würt mangem schwer – Zur ‘Mörin’ Hermanns von Sachsenheim. In: Zeitschrift für deutsches Altertum und deutsche Literatur 142 (2013), pp. 490-497.
  • The runic inscription on the belt buckle of Pforzen as evidence of the Germanic heroic saga? In: Futhark. International Journal of Runic Studies 7 (2016, publ. 2017), pp. 29-45.

Literature

  • Kürschners Deutscher Gelehrten-Kalender. 26. Edition. De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston 2014, ISBN 978-3-11-030256-1, vol. 1, p. 185.

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