Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry


Dr Adrian Stevens

Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in German, UCL, 1972-2005; Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of European Languages, Culture, and Society, UCL, 2006-

Email: adrian.stevens@ucl.ac.uk 

Research areas:

Medieval German and French literature, particularly the early Tristan and Grail romances; the Early Modern novel; Modernist poetry and fiction; literary theory (particularly Bakhtin and Richard Rorty).

Currently working on:

a book on the early Tristan romances in French and German; the first transmission of the Grail romance to Germany.

Some PhDs I have recently supervised, either as a primary or joint supervisor (four of which have subsequently been published):

- ‘First person narration in the early modern novel, with special reference to Sorel’s Francion, Grimmelshausen’s Courasche, and Defoe’s Moll Flanders’;

- ‘The whole story: language, narrative and salvation in Bunyan, Defoe, Grimmelshausen and Schnabel’;

- ‘Refiguring death: the poetics of transience in the work of Rainer Maria Rilke’;

- ‘Bakhtinian theory and modernist theatre? carnival and dialogism in Shaw’s Arms and the Man, Jarry’s Ubu Roi, and Pirandello’s Sei Personaggi In Cerco d’Autore and Enrico IV’;

- ‘Redescribing existence: truth, language and the rhetoric of diversion in Thomas Bernhard’s Auslöschung’;

- ‘Writing ambiguity: on the critical value of Milan Kundera’s approach to authorship’;

- The Novels of Michel Houellebecq.


Edited Books:

1. (with Helmut Birkhan and Fred Wagner) Minnesang in Österreich, (Wiener Arbeiten zur germanischen Altertumskunde und Philologie 24: Publications of the Institute of Germanic Studies 31), Vienna: Verlag Karl M. Halosar, 1983.

2. (with David McLintock and Fred Wagner),Geistliche und weltliche Epik des Mittelalters in Österreich, (Göppinger Arbeiten zur Germanistik 446: Publications of the Institute of Germanic Studies 37), Göppingen: Kümmerle Verlag, 1987.

3. (with Roy Wisbey), Gottfried von Strassburg and the Medieval Tristan Legend: Papers from an Anglo- North American Symposium, (Arthurian Studies 23: Publications of the Institute of Germanic Studies 44), D.S. Brewer, Cambridge, and The Institute of Germanic Studies, University of London,1990.

4. (with Fred Wagner), Elias Canetti: Londoner Symposium, (Stuttgarter Arbeiten zur Germanistik 245: Publications of the Institute of Germanic Studies 48), Stuttgart: Verlag Hans-Dieter Heinz, 1991.

5. (with Fred Wagner and Sigurd Paul Scheichl), Hermann Broch: Modernismus, Kulturkrise und Hitlerzeit: Londoner Symposion 1991, (Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft, Germanistische Reihe 50: Publications of the Institute of Germanic Studies 58), Innsbruck 1994.

6. (with Volker Honemann, Martin H. Jones, David Wells), German Narrative Literature of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries: Studies Presented to Roy Wisbey on his Sixty-fifth Birthday, Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 1994.

7. (with Wendelin Schmidt-Dengler and Fred Wagner), Thomas Bernhard: Beiträge zur Fiktion der Postmoderne (Publications of the Institute of Germanic Studies 69), Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag, 1997.

8. Edited (with Fred Wagner), Rilke und die Moderne (Publications of the Institute of Germanic Studies 74) Munich: Iudicium Verlag, 2000, 301pp.


1. ‘Die Wiener Genesis in ihrem Verhältnis zur Tradition der christlichen Rhetorik’, in: Studien zur frühmittelhochdeutschen Literatur: Cambridger Colloquium 1971, ed. L.P. Johnson, H.-H. Steinhoff and R.A. Wisbey, Berlin 1974: Erich Schmidt Verlag, pp. 151-159.

2. ‘Minnesang, Genre and Decorum: Walther on the Art of Love’, in: Oxford German Studies 13, 1982, pp. 49-56.

3. ‘Dîn wol redender munt: Reinmar der Alte als Minnesänger’, in: Minnesang in Österreich, ed. Stevens and Wagner 1983, pp. 176-196.

4. ‘Zum Literaturbegriff bei Rudolf von Ems’, in: Geistliche und weltliche Epik des Mittelalters in Österreich, ed. McLintock, Stevens and Wagner 1987, pp. 19-28.

5. ‘Dichtung und Geschichte: Bemerkungen zur Lyrik Heinz Czechowskis’, in: Ein Moment des erfahrenen Lebens: Zur Lyrik der DDR, ed. John Flood, (GDR Monitor Special Series No 5), Amsterdam: Rodopi 1987, pp. 36-50.

6. ‘The Renewal of the Classic: Aspects of Rhetorical and Dialectical Composition in Gottfried's Tristan’, in: Gottfried von Strassburg and the Medieval Tristan Legend, ed. Stevens and Wisbey 1990, pp. 67-89.

7. ‘Creating Figures: Narrative, Discourse and Character in Die Blendung’, in: Elias Canetti: Londoner Symposion, ed. Stevens and Wagner 1991, pp. 105-118.

8.‘Heteroglossia and Clerical Narrative: On Wolfram’s Adaptation of Chrétien’, in: Martin Jones and Roy Wisbey (eds.), Chrétien de Troyes and the German Middle Ages (Arthurian Studies 26: Publications of the Institute of Germanic Studies 53) D.S. Brewer, Cambridge, and The Institute of Germanic Studies, University of London 1993, pp. 241-255.

9. Review essay: ‘Alois Wolf, Gottfried von Straßburg und die Mythe von Tristan und Isolde’, in: Arbitrium,1993, pp. 154-157.

10. ‘Rudolf von Ems’, in: Dictionary of Literary Biography Volume 138: German Writers and Works of the High Middle Ages 1170-1270, ed James Hardin and Will Hasty, Detroit, Washington D.C., London: Gale Research Inc., 1994, pp. 107-116.

11. ‘Hermann Broch as a Reader of James Joyce: Plot in the Modernist Novel’, in: Hermann Broch: Modernismus, Kulturkrise und Hitlerzeit, ed. Stevens, Wagner and Scheichl 1994, pp. 77-101.

12. ‘Memory, Reading and the Renewal of Love: On the Poetics of Invention in Gottfried's Tristan’, in: German Narrative Literature of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries, ed. Honemann, Jones, Stevens and Wells 1994, pp. 319-336.

13. ‘Schimpfen als künstlerischer Selbstentwurf: Karneval und Hermeneutik in Thomas Bernhards Auslöschung’, in: Thomas Bernhard: Beiträge zur Fiktion der Postmoderne, ed. Schmidt-Dengler, Stevens, Wagner 1997, pp. 61-91.

14. ‘Aufzeichnungen, Menschen und Fragmente: Zur Poetik der Charakterdarstellung bei Canetti, Aubrey und La Bruyère’, in: Ein Dichter braucht Ahnen: Elias Canetti und die europäische Tradition, ed. Gerald Stieg and Jean-Marie Valentin, Jahrbuch für Internationale Germanistik, Reihe A Band 44 (1997), pp. 207-224. [ISBN 3-906757-19-6].

15. ‘Das maltesche Paris in seiner ganzen Vollzähligkeit: Rilke, Cézanne und Baudelaire’, in: De Goethe à Celan: Hommages à Claude David, ed. Jean-Marie Valentin, Etudes Germaniques 52 (1998), pp. 365-396. [FR ISSN 0014-2115].

16. ‘Fiction, Plot and Discourse: Wolfram's Parzival and its Narrative Sources’, In: A Companion to Wolfram’s “Parzival” ’, ed. Will Hasty, Camden House: Columbia SC, USA, 1999, pp. 99-123. [ISBN: 1-57113-152-3].

17. ‘La sensation du neuf: Rilke, Baudelaire und die Kunstauffassung der Moderne’, in: Rilke und die Moderne, ed. Stevens and Wagner, 2000, pp. 226-246.

18. ‘Killing Giants and Translating Empires: The History of Britain and the Tristan Romances of Thomas and Gottfried’, in: Blütezeit: Festschrift für L.P. Johnson, ed. Mark Chinca, Joachim Heinzle and Christopher Young, Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2000, pp. 409-426. [ISBN: 3-484-64018-9].

19. ‘History, Fable and Love: Gottfried, Thomas and the Matter of Britain’, in: A Companion to Gottfried’s “Tristan”, ed. Will Hasty, Camden House: Columbia SC, USA, 2003, pp. 223-56. [ISBN: 1-57113-203-1].

20. ‘Simplicissimus Teutsch: Grimmelshausen and the Art of Writing German Novels’, ‘Vir ingenio mirandus’, in: Studies presented to John L. Flood, Vol 1, ed. William J. Jones, William A. Kelly and Frank Shaw, Göppingen: Kümmerle Verlag, 2003, pp. 353-369 [ISBN: 3-87452-961-4]

21. ‘Im Auftrag der Freundschaft? Gottfried, Thomas und die Diskurse der Freundesliebe im Tristanroman’, in: Texttyp und Textproduktion in der deutschen Literatur des Mittelalters’, ed. Elizabeth Andersen, Manfred Eikelmann, Anne Simon, de Gruyter: Berlin, New York, 2005, pp. 85-99 [ISBN-13: 978-3-11-018336-8].

22. ‘Carnival and comedy: on Bakhtin’s misreading of Boccaccio’, Opticon 1826 (Issue 3, 2007), pp. 1-5.

23. Articles on Gottfried von Strassburg, Rudolf von Ems, and Ulrich von Liechtenstein in the Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, ed. Robert E. Bjork, Oxford: OUP, 2010.

24. ‘Gottfried, Wolfram and the Angevins: history, genealogy and fiction in the Tristan and Parzival romances’, in: Romance and History: Imagining Time from the Medieval to the Early Modern Period, ed. Jon Whitman (Cambridge: CUP, to be published in 2014).