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Professor Bettina M Bildhauer

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bmeb@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone: 01334 463663
Office: Buchanan 208

Module surgery hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday 1-2 in teaching weeks

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

My research and teaching focuses on medieval German literature in its cultural and multilingual context, and on modern perceptions of the Middle Ages. My approach combines close analysis of texts, films and images with recent theoretical ideas. The main topics of my research are monstrosity, blood, medievalist film and now things. Underlying much of my research is an interest in the limits of the human, both of individual human beings and of what counts as human. My monograph Medieval Blood (2006, paperback 2009) is concerned with blood as a crucial part of conceptualizations of the body, gender and subjectivity, as a marker of where bodies and humans end. It is particularly interested in the connections between medical, religious and literary ideas about blood, and in the anxieties expressed through the medieval obsession with blood.

In addition, I study and teach how humans are distinguished from other entities, especially monsters and things. My co-edited collection The Monstrous Middle Ages (with Robert Mills, 2006, e-book 2017) and my honours course on ‘Germany’s Monsters’ is part of this interest. I am currently teaching an honours course on ‘Mediaeval Things’ and working on a monograph entitled The Untold Stories of Medieval Things, which looks at a range of medieval German narratives from the perspective not of the human characters, but of the things that also shape the plot and whose portrayal reveal much of medieval attitudes to both humanness and materiality.

My second main interest is the role of the Middle Ages in modernity. I work in particular on how the Middle Ages are represented in German cinema and film theory. My co-edited collection Medieval Film (with Anke Bernau, 2009), my monograph Filming the Middle Ages (2011) and my honours course on ‘Mediaeval Film’ investigate the crucial function of the Middle Ages for defining what it is to be modern, and what cinema can achieve in this context. The Middle Ages in the Modern World (co-edited with Chris Jones, forthcoming 2017) broadens the scope to include a wide range of political and cultural phenomena and crucially contributions from non-academic practitioners of medievalism.

I am a frequent reviewer for the TLS and other journals.

For my work in these areas, I was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2009. I have also benefitted from a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, and currently a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for the academic year 2017/18.

I supervise PhD students in film, German and medieval studies and welcome applications from prospective PhD students in related fields.

PhD Supervision

Ioana Coman, Alma Melchers

Research spotlight

Professor Bettina Bildhauer, School of Modern Languages, discusses her research on different approaches, particularly before the Enlightenment, to the relationship between humans and material objects.

Publications

The Middle Ages in the modern world: twenty-first century perspectives
Jones, C. & Bildhauer, B. M. E. 28 Sep 2017 Oxford: British Academy (Oxford University Press). 384 p. (Proceedings of the British Academy; vol. 208)
Research output: ResearchBook

Medieval film (paperback edition)
Bildhauer, B. M. (ed.) & Bernau, A. (ed.) Sep 2011 Manchester University Press.
Research output: ResearchBook

Filming the Middle Ages
Bildhauer, B. M. 2011 London: Reaktion Books.
Research output: ResearchBook

Medieval blood (paperback edition)
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2009 University of Wales Press. 245 p.
Research output: ResearchBook

Medieval Film
Bernau, A. (ed.) & Bildhauer, B. M. (ed.) 2009 Manchester University Press. 241 p.
Research output: ResearchBook

Medieval Blood
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2006 University of Wales Press. 245 p.
Research output: ResearchBook

Eine Epoche im Umbruch: Volkssprachliche Literalität 1200-1300
Bertelsmeier-Kierst, C., Young, C. & Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2003 Niemeyer.
Research output: ResearchBook

The Monstrous Middle Ages
Bildhauer, B. M. E. & Mills, R. 2003 University of Wales Press. 236 p.
Research output: ResearchBook

 

‘Nibelungenfilme als Mittelalterfilme’: Fritz Lang, Harald Reinl, Uli Edel, Quentin Tarantino und die Gegenwart vergangener Gewalttaten
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2017 Vom finsteren zum bunten Mittelalter: Wissenschaftliches Symposium der Nibelungenliedgesellschaft und der Stadt Worms vom 16. bis 18. Oktober 2015 im Wormser Kultur- und Tagungszentrum. Gallé, V. (ed.). Worms Verlag
Research output: ResearchChapter

Medievalism and cinema
Bildhauer, B. M. E. Mar 2016 The Cambridge companion to medievalism. d'Arcens, L. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 45-59 (Cambridge companions to culture)
Research output: ResearchChapter

Die Materialität von Zeichen in mittelalterlichen Mären
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2016 Materialität: Herausforderungen für die Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften. Kalthoff, H., Cress, T. & Röhl, T. (eds.). Wilhelm Fink Verlag, p. 305-324
Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (peer-reviewed)

Net worth
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 28 Apr 2014 Burn after reading: Miniature manifestos for a post/medieval studies; The future we want: a collaboration. New York: Punctum Books, Vol. 2 volumes in one, p. 9-11 3 p.
Research output: ResearchChapter

Heart and clock: Time and history in The Immortal Heart and other films about the Middle Ages
Bildhauer, B. M. 2013 A Companion to the Historical Film. Rosenstone, R. A. & Parvulescu, C. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell, p. 407-424 18 p.
Research output: ResearchChapter

Blood, bodies, Bynum
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2012 Blood-Symbol-Liquid. Santing, C. & Touber, J. (eds.). Peeters, p. 17–36
Research output: ResearchChapter

Queer medieval time in Hamlet (1921)
Bildhauer, B. M. 2011 Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 19-37
Research output: ResearchChapter

Sign of the times: the semiotics of time and event in Sirk’s Sign of the Pagan
Bildhauer, B. M. 2011 The Epic Film in World Culture. Burgoyne, R. (ed.). Routledge, p. 124-143 20 p.
Research output: ResearchChapter

Cultural representations
Bildhauer, B. M. E. & Riches, S. 2010 Cultural History of the Human Body Vols I The Middle Ages. Bynum, W. & Kalof, L. (eds.). Berg
Research output: ResearchChapter

Forward into the past: film theory's foundation in medievalism
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2009 Medieval Film. Bernau, A. & Bildhauer, B. (eds.). Manchester University Press, p. 40-59
Research output: ResearchChapter

Introduction: The a-chronology of medieval film
Bildhauer, B. M. & Bernau, A. 2009 Medieval Film. Bernau, A. & Bildhauer, B. (eds.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 1-19
Research output: ResearchChapter

Mourning and violence: Kriemhild's incorporated memory
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2008 Women and death: representations of female victims and perpetrators in German culture 1500-2000. Fronius, H. & Linton, A. (eds.). Camden House, p. 60-75
Research output: ResearchChapter

Das Mittelalter als Innenraum - Kosmos, Kathedrale, Kino
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2008 Innenräume in der Literatur des deutschen Mittelalters : XIX. Anglo-German colloquium, Oxford 2005. Hasebrink, B., Schiewer, H-J., Suerbaum, A. & Volfing, A. (eds.). Niemeyer, p. 409-426
Research output: ResearchChapter

Mechthild von Magdeburg
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2007 Landmarks in German Women's Writing. Brown, H. (ed.). Peter Lang, p. 11-24
Research output: ResearchChapter

The Secrets of Women: A Medieval Perspective on Menstruation
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2005 Menstruation: History and Culture from Antiquity to Modernity. Palgrave, p. 65-75
Research output: ResearchChapter

Introduction: Conceptualizing the Monstrous
Bildhauer, B. M. E. & Mills, R. 2003 The Monstrous Middle Ages. Bildhauer, B. & Mills, R. (eds.). University of Wales Press, p. 1-27
Research output: ResearchChapter

Blood, Jews and Monsters in Medieval Culture
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2003 The Monstrous Middle Ages. Bildhauer, B. & Mills, R. (eds.). University of Wales Press, p. 75-96
Research output: ResearchChapter

Bloodsuckers: the Construction of Female Sexuality in Medieval Science and Fiction
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2002 Consuming Narratives: Gender and Monstrous Appetites in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. University of Wales Press, p. 104-155
Research output: ResearchChapter

 

Medieval European conceptions of blood: truth and human integrity
Bildhauer, B. M. May 2013 In : Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 19, S1, p. S57-S76 20 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

The co-presence of the dead
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2010 In : postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies. 1, 1-2
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Blood in medieval cultures
Bildhauer, B. M. E. Oct 2006 In : History Compass. 4, 6, p. 1049-1059
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

If you prick us do we not bleed? Making the body in Mären
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2006 In : Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für Deutsche Philologie. 13, p. 148-169
Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

 

Joseph M. Sullivan, ed. and trans., Wigamur
Bildhauer, B. M. E. 23 Jun 2016 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement.
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

THE MOST EXCELLENT BOOK OF COOKERY
Bildhauer, B. 11 Jul 2014 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5806, p. 27-27 1 p.
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

OGLING LADIES Scopophilia in medieval German literature
Bildhauer, B. 4 Jul 2014 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5805, p. 22-22 1 p.
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Seeing and visuality in the Literature of the German Middle Ages, vol 9, Anglo-German Colloquium, London 2009
Bildhauer, B. Jul 2013 In : Modern Language Review. 108, p. 986-988 5 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

SONGBOOK How lyrics became poetry in medieval Europe
Bildhauer, B. 7 Dec 2012 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5723, p. 28-28 1 p.
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

FRIEDRICH BARBAROSSA A biography
Bildhauer, B. & Goerich, K. 27 Apr 2012 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5691, p. 8-9 2 p.
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

In Red-Beard's Tents: Knut Goerich, Friedrich Barbarossa
Bildhauer, B. M. 27 Apr 2012 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5691, p. 8-8 1 p.
Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

QUEER MOVIE MEDIEVALISM
Bildhauer, B. Jan 2012 In : Journal of English and Germanic Philology. 111, 1, p. 138-140 3 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Beastly tales: Heinrich Hoffmann, Struwwelpeter
Bildhauer, B. M. Nov 2011 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

PIERS DISCHEVELE Myrie tales and gladde ymages
Bildhauer, B. 21 Oct 2011 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5664, p. 88 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of 'the Middle Ages' outside Europe
Bildhauer, B. & Bildhauer, B. M. Oct 2011 In : European History Quarterly. 41, 4, p. 686-687 3 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Cinematic Illuminations The Middle Ages on film
Bildhauer, B. 7 Jan 2011 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5623, p. 24-24 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

THE MODULATED SCREAM Pain in late medieval culture
Bildhauer, B. 7 Jan 2011 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5623, p. 24-24 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Martha W. Driver and Sid Ray, eds. Shakespeare and the Middle Ages: Essays on the Performance and Adaptation of the Plays with Medieval Sources or Settings. Jefferson: McFarland, 2010. 276 pp. Paperback £37.95. ISBN: 978-0-786-43495-3.
Bildhauer, B. M. 2011 In : The Mediaeval Journal. p. 91-92
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Medievalism in the Postcolonial World, ed. Nadia Altschul and Kathleen Davis
Bildhauer, B. M. 2011 In : European History Quarterly. 41, 4, p. 686-687
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

KING ROTHER AND HIS BRIDE Quest and counter-quest
Bildhauer, B. 3 Sep 2010 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5605, p. 25-25 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

THE NIBELUNGENLIED The Lay of the Nibelungs
Bildhauer, B. 11 Jun 2010 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5593, p. 34 2 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Tod auf der Bühne: (Rezension über: Jody Enders: Murder by Accident. Medieval Theater, Modern Media, Critical Intentions. Chicago, London: The University of Chicago Press 2009.)
Bildhauer, B. M. 31 May 2010 In : IASL online.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Laughter and Narrative in the Later Middle Ages: German Comic Tales 1350-1525
Bildhauer, B. Apr 2010 In : Modern Language Review. 105, p. 583-584 2 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Valerie Allen, On Farting and Susan Signe Morrison, Excrement in the Late Middle Ages
Bildhauer, B. M. 2010 In : Studies in the Age of Chaucer. 32, p. 386-389
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

THE APOCRYPHAL ADAM AND EVE IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE
Bildhauer, B. 11 Dec 2009 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5567, p. 22-22 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

MONSTROUS BIRTHS AND VISUAL CULTURE IN SIXTEENTH-CENTURY GERMANY
Bildhauer, B. 11 Sep 2009 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5554, p. 10-10 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

THE MARVELOUS HAIRY GIRLS The Gonzales sisters and their worlds
Bildhauer, B. 11 Sep 2009 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5554, p. 10-10 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

THE MASCULINE SELF IN LATE MEDIEVAL ENGLAND
Bildhauer, B. 7 Aug 2009 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5549, p. 31-31 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

NAMING AND NAMELESSNESS IN MEDIEVAL ROMANCE
Bildhauer, B. 20 Mar 2009 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5529, p. 32-32 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

THE NATURAL AND THE SUPERNATURAL IN THE MIDDLE AGES
Bildhauer, B. 24 Oct 2008 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. p. 28-28 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

SAINTS AND ANIMALS IN THE MIDDLE AGES
Bildhauer, B. 24 Oct 2008 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. p. 28-28 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Rules for the endgame - The world of the 'Nibelungenlied'
Bildhauer, B. 26 Sep 2008 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. p. 29-29 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

From myths and stories: Medieval cultural history in the view of scientific-biography. Festschrift to Otfrid Ehrismann on the 65th birthday
Bildhauer, B. Jul 2008 In : Modern Language Review. 103, p. 879-880 2 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Hollywood behind the wall: The cinema of East Germany
Bildhauer, B. Jun 2008 In : Journal of European Studies. 38, 2, p. 215-217 3 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

German romance, vol 3, Iwein
Bildhauer, B. 22 Feb 2008 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5473, p. 33-33 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

German romance, vol 2, Gauriel von Muntabel
Bildhauer, B. 22 Feb 2008 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5473, p. 33-33 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

The erotic in the literature of medieval Britain
Bildhauer, B. 25 Jan 2008 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. p. 32-33 2 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

The story of Judith. German poetry of Judith from 12th-until 16 century
Bildhauer, B. 2008 In : Medium Aevum. 77, 1, p. 145-146 2 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

'In praise of the whip' - A cultural history of arousal
Bildhauer, B. 7 Sep 2007 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5449, p. 10-10 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Frauenlob's 'Song of Songs' - A medieval German poet and his masterpiece
Bildhauer, B. 10 Aug 2007 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. p. 29-29 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Wonderful blood - Theology and practice in late medieval Northern Germany and beyond
Bildhauer, B. 6 Jul 2007 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. p. 12-12 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Hybridity, identity and monstrosity in medieval Britain - On difficult middles
Bildhauer, B. 27 Apr 2007 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5430, p. 31-31 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Courtly love, the love of courtliness, and the history of sexuality
Bildhauer, B. 16 Mar 2007 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 5424, p. 29-29 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

'Gemstone of paradise' - The Holy Grail in Wolfram's 'Parzival'
Bildhauer, B. 9 Mar 2007 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. p. 26-26 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

 

Medieval love story
Bildhauer, B. 25 Jan 2017 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement. 2017-January, 5939, p. 27 1 p.
Research output: Research - peer-reviewComment/debate

CD-ROM Video Plus German: Intermediate to Advanced German Comprehension
Bildhauer, B. M. E. & Burnage, G. (ed.) 2001
Research output: ResearchOther contribution

Wer beherrscht die deutsche Sprache? Recht, Sprache und Autorität nach der Rechtschreibreform 1996
Rivers, J., Young, C. & Bildhauer, B. M. E. 2001
Research output: ResearchOther contribution