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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Doriane Zerka

Doriane Zerka
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow
Affiliated Lecturer, Department of German & Dutch
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
Contact details: 

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Doriane Zerka is an Early Career Fellow with the Leverhulme Trust and Isaac Newton Trust. Her work focuses on comparative medieval literature, perceptions of alterity and gender, and the mobility of cultural production in the medieval world, with a particular emphasis on the German and Iberian contexts.

She holds a PhD in German and Hispanic Studies from King’s College London, and an MPhil in European Literature and Culture from the University of Cambridge. After completing her doctoral studies in 2019, she worked as Lecturer in German for Queen Mary, University of London before returning to Cambridge in 2020. Her doctoral thesis analysed representations of Iberia and the construction of identities in medieval German literature, while her current research questions the role of women as transcultural agents in the formation of a network of ‘European’ literature in the premodern world.

Teaching interests: 

Medieval Literature

Comparative Literature


Research interests: 

Medieval German & Iberian Literatures

Comparative Literature

Postcolonial Theory

Alterity & Gender in the European Middle Ages

Mobility of Medieval Culture

Recent research projects: 

Imagining Iberia in Medieval German Literature (Doctoral project, 2015-2019)

Women as Transcultural Agents in Premodern European Literature (Current project, 2020-2023)

Published works: 

Doriane Zerka. 'Mapping Mobility: Women and Textual Networks in the Fifteenth-Century Prose Epic Herzog Herpin.' Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures, No. 9. December 2022, pp. 95–123.

Doriane Zerka. Imagining Iberia in Medieval German Literature, Transcript 26 (Cambridge: Legenda, forthcoming 2022)

Doriane Zerka. ‘Andalusi Space and the European Network in the German Rolandslied’. In Al-Andalus in Motion: Travelling Concepts and Cross-Cultural Contexts, ed. by Rachel Scott, AbdoolKarim Vakil and Julian Weiss, King's College London Medieval Studies, 28 (London: Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies, King's College London, 2021)

Doriane Zerka. ‘Constructing Poetic Identity: Iberia as a Heterotopia in Oswald von Wolkenstein’s Songs.’ Modern Language Review. Volume 114, No. 2. April 2019, pp. 274–293