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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Mark Chinca

Dr Mark Chinca
Reader in Medieval and Early Modern German Literature
German & Dutch
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 338 542

Trinity College
United Kingdom


Mark Chinca works on medieval and early modern German and comparative literature. He is the author of two books: History, fiction, verisimilitude (London 1993) and Gottfried von Strassburg: Tristan (Cambridge 1997), and has recently completed a book-length study of death and meditation in western Christian culture from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries. Since 2012 he has co-led a major international research project on the Kaiserchronik, one of the most extensive and influential vernacular chronicles of the German Middle Ages; a digital edition of all extant manuscript versions of the text was published in 2018. Current projects include a multi-author history of the beginnings of vernacular literature in the European Middle Ages.

Dr Chinca welcomes inquiries from potential MPhil and PhD students with research interests relevant to his interests.

Teaching interests: 

Medieval and early modern literature

Middle High German

Research interests: 

- Aesthetics and poetics of medieval literature

- Theory of fiction

- Medieval and early modern ars moriendi

- Devotional and pastoral writing, especially relating to the Last Things

- Early Middle High German literature

- Text editing

- Kaiserchronik

Recent research projects: 

Remember Your Last End: Meditating on Death and the Afterlife in Western Christianity, from Bonaventure to Luther. Book manuscript completed 2018.


Kaiserchronik: Literature and History in the German Middle Ages. Funded by an AHRC Standard Research Grant, 2012–2017.

Published works: 

Recent publications include:


Kaiserchronik. Elektronische Ausgabe. Edited by Mark Chinca, Helen Hunter, Jürgen Wolf, Christopher Young. Heidelberg: Universitätsbibliothek, 2018.


Medieval Studies and Digital Philology in the German-Speaking World, edited by Mark Chinca and Christopher Young. Special issue, Digital Philology 6, no. 2 (Fall, 2017).


Full list of publications.