Melissa Winters
Melissa Winters is a PhD candidate in German and Medieval Studies. She arrived in her current field by way of musicology: prior to beginning the doctoral program in German literature at UC Berkeley, she earned the MA and MPhil in music theory at Yale University and the BA in music at Mills College. Her dissertation, “Building the Hall of Song: Richard Wagner and the Middle High German Blütezeit,” examines Wagner’s reception of the courtly literary tradition of the thirteenth century. Those who wonder what she was doing in the interim between Yale and Berkeley may wish to know that she worked as a construction laborer, pile driver, janitor, printer, and bookbinder. Degrees BA (Music) Mills College, 1985-1988; MA, MPhil (Music Theory) Yale University, 1988-1993; MA (German Literature and Culture) UC Berkeley, 2004-2005 Languages German, French, Modern Welsh; Middle and Old High German; Middle Low German and Old Saxon; Middle Dutch and Old Frisian; Gothic; Latin

Recent Courses

Early Modern Nuremberg (German R5B); Medieval Romance and Wagnerian Opera (German R5B); The Tale is in the Telling: Issues in Narrative (German R5A); Historical Fiction (German R5A); German 1,2, and 4; German 1G/2G Reading German for Graduates

Research Areas

Richard Wagner as a transmitter of medieval and Early Modern textual culture; the Latin and vernacular literature of the Carolingian and Ottonian periods; minnesang; Arthurian romance; German and Neo-Latin literature in the sixteenth century; historical linguistics