Karl A. Zaenker, Associate Professor, received his Staatsexamen I and II in Germany (Freiburg, Göttingen, Hannover) before completing his PhD at the University of British Columbia in 1974 (Supervisor: Michael S. Batts). His primary area of teaching and research has been early German literary history (before 1700). His special attention has been directed to the late medieval legends and texts connected with the Irish abbot, St. Brandan, on which he published a commented text edition and several articles, as well as to the field of pre-modern Reiseliteratur. Some of the titles in this area: Sankt Brandan's Meerfahrt. Ein lateinischer Text und seine drei deutschen Übertragungen aus dem 15. Jahrhundert. Stuttgart: H.D. Heinz, 1987. Historienbibel / Sankt Brandan's Meerfahrt. (Series: Codices illuminati medii aevi, 25) Introduction to colour microfiche edition. Munich: Edition Helga Lengenfelder, 1993, pp. 13-23. "St. Brendan the Navigator: A Wanderkult in Hanseatic towns around 1500," Fifteenth-Century Studies 17 (1990), 515-26. "Wirklichkeit und Fiktion in der spätmittelalterlichen Reiseliteratur," in: Deutsche Jakobspilger und ihre Berichte, ed. K. Herbers. Tübingen: Narr Vlg., 1988, pp. 123-32. In the Baroque period he has developed a great fondness of Grimmelshausen's prose, to witness the article "Grimmelshausen und die Picara Justina", Daphnis 27 (1998), 631-653. Karl Zaenker tries to combine his hobby as a string player with his teaching and research interests. The relationship between music and literature is explored in his course 402 ("Word and Music in German Literature") and targeted in some publications, as in: "String Quartets in Prose," Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 8 (1981), 508-22. "The Bedeviled Beckmesser: Another look at anti-Semitic stereotypes in the Meistersinger von Nürnberg, German Studies Review 22 (1999), 1-20. He pursued his critical look at the ideological underpinnings of Wagner's operas with the study on "Der Jude im Dorn als Fastnachtspiel des Wagnerianers Hans von Wolzogen", Seminar 38 (2002): 209-25.

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Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T 1Z1