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Dr Christopher Liebtag Miller, Lecturer

Dr Christopher MillerContact Details 
Phone: +44 (0) 1334 463663
Office: Buchanan 208

Full research profile

Module surgery hours:
Tuesday 13:00-15:00 in teaching weeks

Research and Teaching

My research focuses primarily on secular Middle High German literature of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. I am particularly interested in the construction of identity, social relations, and hierarchies of prestige within medieval narrative. My dissertation, “Die sah man weinen: The Representation of Emotion and Dispute in Middle High German Heroic Epic” demonstrates the manner in which displays of emotion in these narratives are codified within a traditional progression of dispute and resolution, functioning as the means through which social bonds and hierarchies of status are established, broken, and reaffirmed.

I am currently preparing a monograph focusing on the representation of female characters within status competition and the economy of prestige that obtains within the fictive aristocratic courts of Middle High German narrative.

I argue that Middle High German narratives evince a tremendous anxiety concerning the ever-changing role of women within medieval European society, particularly in light of their role as arbiters of male status within courtly culture. These narratives consequently position female characters as disruptive factors within a positively connotated system comprising a network of agonal male relationships, and thereby to problematize both idealized and critical models of gender relations.

My other research interests include the Jewish reception and adaption of Middle High German narrative and Christian aristocratic culture during the late-medieval and early-modern periods. I am particularly interested in the manner in which Early Yiddish transformations of German texts model and represent knowledge and social fluidity across cultural divides.

From 2016-2017 I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies. I completed my doctorate at the University of Toronto in 2016, and my Master of Studies at Oriel College, University of Oxford in 2009. I have previously held teaching positions at the universities of Toronto and Notre Dame.


In di gasen gan: aristocratic display and the generation of status in König Rother and Dukus Horant
Miller, C. L. 2014 Spatial practices : Medieval/modern. Stock, M. & Vöhringer, N. (eds.). Göttingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht, p. 143-164 (Transatlantische Studien zu Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit/Transatlantic Studies on Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture ; vol. 6)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Broken and remade: honor, emotion, and the sippe at Munleun in Wolfram’s Willehalm
Miller, C. L. Jan 2018 In : Journal of English and Germanic Philology. 117, 1, p. 1-26
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle