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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Simone Kügeler-Race

Dr Simone Kügeler-Race
DAAD Lektorin
Director of Studies for German at St John's College
German & Dutch
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
01223 338647

St John's College
United Kingdom


Simone Kügeler-Race specialises in medieval German literature and language. She completed her doctorate at the University of Cologne under the supervision of Professor Ursula Peters. Her first monograph will appear in August 2018 with Böhlau Verlag in the series “Forschungen zu Kunst, Geschichte und Literatur des Mittelalters”. This interdisciplinary and comparative study explores questions of manuscript transmission, text typology and narrative modes in order to contextualise the Middle English Book of Margery Kempe within the wide-ranging spectrum of continental writing by women mystics. Currently, Simone is working on Carthusian reader annotations in The Book of Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich’s so-called short text in order to outline the contemporary reception and devotional usage of female mystical literature in a Carthusian setting.

Teaching interests: 

Simone lectures in medieval German literature on a broad range of topics such as courtly love lyric, Arthurian romance and female mysticism. She also teaches German language and translation classes as well as literary theory.

Research interests: 

Female Mysticism

Devotional Literature

Late Medieval Melusine Adaptations

Material Philology


Cultural Studies

Published works: 

‘Carnal Manifestations of Divine Love in the Mystical Writings of Elsbeth of Oye, Mechthild of Magdeburg and Margery Kempe’, Neophilologus 102 (2018), 39-58


The Book of Margery Kempe’ im Kontext der deutschsprachigen Frauenmystik des 14. Jahrhunderts. Überlieferung – Autorschaft – Erzählerfigurationen. [research-based monograph forthcoming with Böhlau in the series 'Forschungen zu Kunst, Geschichte und Literatur des Mittelalters', publication date August 2018]


Book Reviews

‘E.A. Jones and Alexandra Walsham (eds.): Syon Abbey and its Books: Reading, Writing and Religion c. 1400-1700’, Marginalia 14 (2012), 28-31


‘Wendy Love Anderson: The Discernment of Spirits. Assessing Visions and Visionaries in the late Middle Ages (Spätmittelalter, Humanismus, Reformation 63). Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck 2011.’, Historische Zeitschrift 298 (2014), 776