Hannah Hunter-Parker is a PhD candidate in the German Department at Princeton University.
She is currently writing a dissertation Old Books, New Times: Medieval Manuscripts and German Literature, 1743-1851, under the direction of Professors Sara S. Poor and Nikolaus Wegmann. Her dissertation explores the specific manuscripts and media practices behind the “rediscovery” of medieval German literature in the decades around 1800. Old Books, New Times reveals how interactions with pre-modern forms of literature connected diverse projects across epochs, institutions, and writers, including J.C. Gottsched, J.J. Bodmer, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Ludwig Tieck, Clemens Brentano, Achim von Arnim, Jakob Grimm, and Karl Lachmann. The first book-length study of the topic, the dissertation builds on close readings of canonical texts, original archival research, and historical and philological inquiry into individual manuscripts and the works of their modern readers. Her dissertation research has been supported by the Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for Research Abroad in the Humanities (AY 2013-14).
Other research interests include: twelfth- through nineteenth-century German literature; Enlightenment and Romanticism; literary publics and the "common reader"; literary collections; reading practices; text-image space in manuscripts; female agency in theory and practice; gender and canonization; textual edition and translation; eighteenth- through twentieth-century receptions of medieval culture; Begriffsgeschichte; media histories; vulnerability in/and critical theory. She has presented her work at international conferences, colloquia, and seminars.
She has taught a range of language and literature courses at the German Department at Princeton and for the University's Summer study abroad program ("Princeton in Munich"). In Spring 2011, she became a Graduate Student Fellow at Mathey College and has hosted a weekly German-language table for undergraduate students. Past and present activities with German on campus have also included conferences, reading groups, and film series.
Hannah received her B.A. in German Literature and the History of Art & Architecture from Middlebury College (summa cum laude) in 2010. Before coming to Princeton, she served as a program coordinator for the German School at the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy, a summer immersion program for high school students, in its inaugural year (Summer 2010).