Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Jennifer Gerber studied Medieval and Renaissance Studies with focus on German Literature, History and Art History. She is research associate in Medieval German Studies at the University of Frankfurt am Main. Her main research interests are in the fields of a historical narratology and courtly romances. Her dissertation project deals with the late Arthurian romance Meleranz written by the Pleier and asks for narrative possibilities of text organization and structuring that go beyond the typical narrator figure.
Research related to commentary
I am currently especially working on the various forms and functions of narrator’s commentaries in German vernacular texts. As part of my dissertation, I am working on narrator’s commentaries in medieval courtly romances. With a view on the Meleranz I ask, inter alia, how the narrator’s commentaries can be substituted by various narrative structures and devices that have the same effects on the narration as the narrator’s commentaries. Furthermore, I worked on lyrical texts like the mystical poem Granum Sinapis written by Meister Eckhart.
Publications related to commentary
About Form and Function of German Vernacular Commentaries, in: Christina Lechtermann & Markus Stock (edd.), in: Practices of Commentary, Zeitsprünge 1/2 2020, S. 139–159.