Person

Univ.-Prof. Dr., Universitätsprofessor

Thomas Bein

Prof. Dr.

Thomas Bein
Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Germanistik/Mediävistik

Address

Building: Kármán-Auditorium

Room: 119

Eilfschornsteinstraße 15

52056 Aachen

Contact

workPhone
Phone: +49 241 80 96083
Fax: +49 241 80 92615

Office hour

See notice
 

Curriculum Vitae

  • *1957
  • 1979/80-1985 Studied German, Romance and Philosophy at the University of Bonn.
  • 1985 'Magister Artium' (Master of Arts)
  • 1987 doctorate; dissertation on 'Women's Lobs Minneleich
  • 1984/85-1990 student, scientific Assistant, scientific Employees
  • 1990-1996 scientific Assistant
  • 1996 Habilitation, Venia: "Germanistic Medieval Studies"
  • 1996-1999 Senior Assistant at the German Department of the University of Bonn
  • since SS 1999 Professor for "German Studies/Media Studies" at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen

 

Publications

Publications in "RWTH Publications"

Qualification publications (1987 and 1998)

  • Dissertation on Heinrich von Meißen, called 'Frauenlob' (praise of women) (late medieval poet)
  • Habilitation on historical and philological problems around the 'authenticity' of (lyrical) texts

Propaedeutics (since 1990)

  • Monograph: Einführung in die Germanistische Mediävistik, Erich Schmidt Verlag, Berlin; 1. Aufl. 1998, 2. Auflage 2005
  • Monograph: Einführung in die Editionswissenschaft ‚Ältere Deutsche Literatur‘
  1. First version in the Göppinger Arbeiten zur Germanistik, Göppingen 1990 (out of print)
  2. Completely new concept in the publishing house Peter Lang, Frankfurt/M, 1st edition 2008, 2nd edition 2008, 2nd edition 2008, 2nd edition 2008. (extended) 2011
  • Monograph: Einführung in die deutschsprachige Lyrik des Mittelalters, Erich Schmidt, Berlin, 2017
  • in preparation: Completely redesigned introduction to German medieval studies (to be published in early 2019 by Erich Schmidt, Berlin)
  • Several essays on: Older German Literature in School German Lessons
  • Monograph: Walther von der Vogelweide. Leich, Lieder, Sangsprüche. 15th, modified edition of Karl Lachmann's edition, extended by edition editions, due to the 14th edition edited by Christoph Cormeau, re-edited, with indexing aids and text-critical comments by Thomas Bein. Edition of the melodies by Horst Brunner. Berlin,de Gruyter 2013
  • Numerous essays on: theory and practice of editing medieval texts (mainly poetry); problem of 'open text'; variance studies; digital editions

Research in selection (approx. 2000 - 2017)

Edition and Comment

  • Monograph: Walther von der Vogelweide. Light, songs, slogans. 15th, modified edition of Karl Lachmann's edition, extended by edition editions, due to the 14th edition edited by Christoph Cormeau, re-edited, with indexing aids and text-critical comments by Thomas Bein. Edition of the melodies by Horst Brunner. Berlin,de Gruyter 2013
  • Numerous essays on: theory and practice of editing medieval texts (mainly poetry); problem of 'open text'; variance studies; digital editions

History of the German Poetry of the Middle Ages

  • Numerous essays on: Walther von der Vogelweide; poetology of poetry; poetry tradition

History of culture, science and mentality

  • Monograph: Liebe und Erotik im Mittelalter. ADEVA, Graz 2003
  • Essays on medieval literature (focus: Konrad von Megenberg; didactics)
  • Essays on: History of German Studies; Walther von der Vogelweide in Nazi German Studies; Digital Humanities

History of reception

  • Attachment for the reception of the Tristan fabric
  • Lexicon and handbook articles on various authors and texts; on methods (edition); on theory (intertextuality); on scientific terms
 

Research Priorities

  • History of German-language poetry from the 12th to the 14th century
  • Edition Science in Theory and Practice
  • History of the subject (History of German Studies; History of Methods)
  • German-language specialist literature of the Middle Ages (focus: Konrad von Megenberg, 14th century)
  • Propaedeutics (didactics; introduction to German medieval research)
 

Current Research Projects

Book project

Introduction to German Medieval Studies - Textbook

  1. My first introduction to the ÄDL (1st edition 1998, 2nd edition 2005, published by Erich Schmidt, Berlin) is now more than 20 years old. The study conditions have changed a lot since then, which also makes changes in the field of teaching necessary. This affects teaching concepts as well as (printed) teaching media. The completely redesigned introduction is based on an inductive approach in order to introduce the systematics and history of the sub-subject to new students.

Essay project

Walther von der Vogelweide: Quo vadis?

  • In 2013 the 'Aachener Walther-Ausgabe' published by me was published after about ten years of work. It is a scientific text edition of the songs and slogans of Walther von der Vogelweide, which has taken new editorial paths. In the meantime, 6 years later, a number of reviews have appeared, there have been conferences on Walther as well as scientific exchanges on different paths and levels. It is now time to summarize the voices for the edition, to critically appreciate critical things and to consider how Walther von der Vogelweide-Philologie can continue. Furthermore, it will be considered whether an analogue text edition will be sufficient in the future or whether a completely new digital edition should replace it. This will be done in a longer article for one of the big peer reviewed journals of the subject (either ZfdPh or ZfdA).
 

Research Organization

  • Publisher of two monograph series at the Peter Lang publishing house, Frankfurt/Main
  • 10 years Chairman of the Medieval Commission in the 'Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Germanistische Edition'; Organisation of two major international annual meetings of this working group in Aachen (2000 and 2015)
  • Peer reviewers for ZfdPh and Peter Lang Verlag
 

Doctrine

  • Teaching at the RWTH Aachen since 1999
  • Teaching participation in all study programmes of the Institute for German Studies and General Literary Studies
  • Propaedeutics: introductory lecture ÄDL (Ältere Deutsche Literatur); introductory seminars; lecture on the 'reading list'.
  • Science: pro- and main seminars as well as colloquia with changing ÄDL topics (old to early New High German epochs; epic, poetry, prose; early drama; methodology; language history)
  • Supervision of bachelor and master theses as well as dissertations and habilitations