Tina Boyer, Associate Professor, Department of German and Russian, Wake Forest University. B.A. and M.A., University of New Mexico; Ph.D., University of California, Davis. Her specialty is medieval German literature, with a focus on monstrosity in epics and romances. Her secondary specialization is second language acquisition and technology in the classroom.
Her current work explores instances of hyper-masculinity and monstrous identities in German from the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries. She has published several recent articles in international journals and edited volumes and has attended national/international conferences where she has given talks on medieval giants, monsters, and pedagogy.
Her book The Giant Hero in Medieval Literature (2016) counters the monstrous status of giants by arguing that they are more broadly legible than traditionally believed. Building on an initial analysis of St. Augustine’s City of God and Bernard of Clairvaux’s deliberations on monsters and marvels, and readings in Tomasin von Zerclaere’s Welsche Gast, the book provides insights into the spectrum of antagonistic and heroic roles that giants play in the courtly realm. This approach places the figure of the giant within the cultural and religious confines of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and allows an in-depth analysis of epics and romances through political, social, religious, and gender identities tied to the figure of the giant. Sources range from German to French, English, and Iberian works.
Other research interests include historical linguistics, translation of German immigrant documents, and German folklore and fairy tales.