Sebastian Brinks is a doctoral student in German Philology at the a.r.t.e.s Graduate School for the Humanities in Cologne. Before beginning his doctoral project in autumn 2019, he studied at the University of Cologne, where he completed his BA in Media Culture and German Literature (2016). Due to his interests in medieval culture and its connections to today’s literature, he focused on those areas during his MA, which he completed in 2019. His MA thesis about the medieval Wartburgkrieg and its influence on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Der Kampf der Sänger was published the same year.
His doctoral work analyzes the narrative strategies of adaptations of medieval narratives, such as the middle-high German classics Iwein and Nibelungenlied. Besides the narratological effects of such adaptations, he also focuses on the political dimensions of medieval narratives in today’s world.