R Kirakosian

College Lecturer


My research interests lie in Medieval Literature, History and Philosophy, with a particular emphasis on female sanctity. I wrote my Doctoral thesis on the thirteenth-century Premonstratensian mystic Christina of Hane under the supervision of Dr. Almut Suerbaum. I previously studied History and German at the University of Göttingen and History of Art and Digital Humanities at the École nationale des chartes Paris, before taking up the European Commission Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Oxford.


I teach medieval and modern literature, translation and reading classes and lecture on medieval love poetry. My teaching topics comprise major Middle High German works such as the Nibelungenlied, Parzival, Herzog Ernst, religious texts such as Meister Eckhart’s vernacular writings, and modern authors such as Franz Kafka and Bertolt Brecht. My approach to teaching is interactive: I encourage lively discussions and facing the challenge of multiple truth. I was director of studies for German at Oriel College in MT 2013.

Selected Publications

• Hoc iudicium creavit omnipotens Deus. Über die Ritualität von Gottesurteilen, Francia. Forschungen zur westeuropäischen Geschichte 39 (2012), pp. 263-284

• Wie eine Legende Geschichte macht. Das Gottesurteil der heiligen Richgard im spätmittelalterlichen Straßburg, Literaturbetrieb im spätmittelalterlichen Straßburg, ed. Felix Heinzer, Stephen Mossman, Nigel F. Palmer (Kulturtopographie des alemannischen Raums vol. 3), Berlin 2012, pp. 233-270

• Kaiserin und Heilige. Der Kult der heiligen Richgard in Andlau, Pilgerheilige und ihre Memoria, ed. Klaus Herbers, Peter Rückert, Tübingen 2012, pp. 65-90

• Book review of Medieval Holy Women in the Christian Tradition c. 1100-c. 1500, ed. Alastair Minnis, Rosalynn Voaden, Turnhout 2011, Francia-Recensio 1 (2012), Online:perspectivia.net

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