People / Graduate Students
medieval literature, comparative philology, Middle Dutch, Germanic languages, turn of the century literature and film, difficulties in translation, allegory in medieval literature, religious movements of the 12th and 13th centuries
German 1 (UC Riverside), R5A and B (UC Berkeley), German 2 and 3 ( UC Berkeley), German 1001-1002 (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)
Adrienne (Damiani) Merritt began the journey into Medieval Studies at the University of Minnesota, completing coursework in Paleography, Medieval Text Editing, Latin, and several historical Germanic languages. At that university, she completed her bachelors in German and History, with a minor in Medieval Studies, as well as a Masters in the Germanic Philology program. Upon arriving at UC Berkeley in 2008, she has continued studies in all things medieval, but also pursued research interests in nineteenth and twentieth century subjects, in particular fin de siècle Viennese culture and literature, early twentieth century sexuality and the nuanced changes of perception and reception of literary works over the ages.
Adrienne has been fortunate enough to receive a variety of funding over the years, including the Chancellor’s Fellowship, Voices of Vienna scholarship, and the FLAS summer award to study Dutch. She is now working to complete her dissertation with the working title, “Recalling the Word: the Germanic Beguine ‘Sisters’ and the Question of Genre.”