Burghart Wachinger

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Burghart Wachinger (born June 10, 1932 in Munich ) is a German Germanic Medievalist . He is a professor emeritus at the University of Tübingen .

His main research interests include German literature of the late Middle Ages , the field of poetry and, above all, smaller forms of prose and poetics . In addition, he dealt extensively with the problem area of ​​transmission history, textual criticism and the possibilities of editing Middle High German works.

From 1952 to 1956 he studied Latin, Greek and German philology in Munich and received his doctorate in 1958 with a thesis under Hugo Kuhn . From 1957 to 1959 and then again from 1961 to 1969 he was a research assistant or assistant in Munich, interrupted by a stay abroad in the USA from 1959 to 1961, where he worked at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and Harvard University . From 1969 until his retirement in 1998 he was a professor at the University of Tübingen.

From 1980 to 1987 he was an expert reviewer at the German Research Foundation (DFG) and from 1988 to 1995 chairman of the specialist committee.

As editor he worked, among other things, on the author's lexicon (co-editor of volumes 1–8, main editor of volumes 9–14) and the Old German Text Library .

In 1988 he and Walter Haug received the Leibniz Prize from the DFG. Since 1997 he has been a member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences . The Academy of Sciences in Göttingen he belongs to as a corresponding member.


  • German poetry of the late Middle Ages. [Highlights of German song poetry from more than two centuries, newly edited, translated and comprehensively commented on]. German Klassiker-Verl .: Frankfurt am Main 2006. ISBN 3-618-66225-4 (paperback edition ISBN 3-618680-43-0 )

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