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Landon Reitz

Research Areas

Medieval mysticism and its textual practices, medieval theories of narration and fictionality, reading as an object of literary representation, narratives of migration

Landon Reitz is a concurrent PhD candidate in German and Medieval Studies. He received his BA in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and his MA in German Studies from UC Berkeley in 2016. He is currently an associated fellow at the Erich Auerbach Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Cologne.


Landon’s dissertation analyzes fictional portrayals of the act of reading to reveal the often overlooked poetological power of reading in aesthetic, social, and cultural processes. In his analysis of texts from medieval courtly epics to modern migration narratives, he demonstrates how scenes of reading construct and convey a poetics of reading that guides a text’s poetical reflection, aesthetic commentary, and social critique. His project has been supported by a DAAD Short-Term Research Grant at the University of Freiburg and a US Fulbright Research Grant at the University of Cologne.


He has published work on reading and the senses in medieval devotional culture, the migrant figure as reader in contemporary German-language novels, and the critique of colonial epistemologies and their literary form in modern migration narratives in the journals PostmedievalTransit, and Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature. His current project examines the poetic function of disruptions in medieval courtly storytelling and narration.