Department ofGermanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Vickie L. Ziegler

Vickie L. Ziegler

Emeritus Professor of German Literature and Medieval Studies


Ph.D. Yale University, 1970
University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 1965
University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France, 1963
B.A. MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois, 1964
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Dr. Ziegler came to Penn State after receiving her Ph.D. at Yale University. She has written three books and co-edited two others, as well as a number of articles. Her two first books were on Middle High German Minnesang, The Leitword in Minnesang, and on Achim von Arnim and E.T.A. Hoffmann, Bending the Frame: The Cyclical Narrative in German Romanticism. Her most recent book, Trial by Fire and Battle in Medieval German Literature, appeared in Spring 2004. Her current research plans include another book on literary accounts of legal matters. Professor Ziegler’s interdisciplinary research interests parallel her administrative ones. Under her direction, medieval studies at Penn State has grown from a tiny program to a nationally respected Center for Medieval Studies. Professor Ziegler is currently on the board of CARA, the Medieval Academy organization for center directors, and President of TEAMS, the consortium for teaching the Middle Ages.