Sabine Rolle

Senior Lecturer

  • German Section
  • Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details



Room 3.35
50 George Square

Post code


  • Office hour:
    Mondays 3-4.30 pm (online via Microsoft Teams)

    I will be at my computer and you can simply give me a call via Teams during these times. Please note that this applies to teaching weeks only. If would like to see me at any other time, including during weeks where there is no teaching, please send me an email ( and we can make an appointment.


After finishing her MA, Sabine was co-director of a DFG-funded research project on the manuscript tradition of Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival at the University of Erlangen for five years; her PhD was a result of her research within this project. In 1998 she moved to Britain and held various part-time teaching and research assistant posts at the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh before being appointed to the post she currently holds.


Dr Phil, MA, SFHEA

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Course organiser for German 3 Language
  • Course organiser for Literature and Culture in Medieval Europe
  • CAHSS Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate teaching

  • 4th-year Honours Option on ‘The Nibelungenlied and its reception in Modern Germany’
  • Module on German Medieval Literature on the second year DELC course ‘Literature and Culture in Medieval Europe’
  • Modules on German Medieval Literature and on textual criticism on German 2 courses
  • German 1A, German 1B, German 2 and German 4 language courses

Postgraduate teaching

  • MSc on Medieval Studies: Options on ‘Reflections of the Crusades in German Medieval Literature’ and on ‘German Medieval Palaeography’

Areas of interest for supervision

Sabine would be happy to discuss supervision of the following topics: theory and practice of scholarly editing, medieval German literature, reception of the Middle Ages in modern Germany.

Research summary

One of Sabine's major research interests lies in the field of textual criticism and theory of editions, more specifically the manuscript tradition of German medieval texts (Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival in particular). She co-directed a research project on that topic in the early stages of her career and it is also the basis of some of the course modules she teaches. More recently, Sabine has become interested in the reception of the Middle Ages in modern Germany, from the 19th century onwards and including the GDR; one of her research projects concerns the reception of the Nibelungenlied in the writings of Franz Fühmann.