Sara S. Poor

Associate Professor of German
Sara Poor
Office Hours
1:00 – 2:00 pm
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesdays (in person); Wednesdays (in person or on zoom).
Courses Offered

Spring 2024

GER 573

Problems in Literary Study: The Long and the Short: Romance, Sexuality and Power in Pre-Modernity


SARA S. POOR (“Sally”), Associate Professor received her PhD from Duke University’s Graduate Program in Literature. After holding positions at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and Stanford University, she joined the faculty at Princeton in September of 2002. Her primary research interests are in the areas of Gender Studies and medieval German literature, interests which are reflected prominently in her teaching. Her first book, Mechthild of Magdeburg and Her Book: Gender and the Making of Textual Authority (2004, UPenn Press) was awarded the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship’s 2006 Prize for the best first book on a medieval feminist topic as well as the 2008 Medieval Academy of America John Nicholas Brown Prize for the best first book on a medieval subject. Professor Poor’s current book, entitled The Literary Agency of Medieval Women: Kunigund Niklasin (d. 1457) and the Library of St Catherine’s in Nuremberg is under review at Oxford University Press. Research for this project has been supported by an Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar Fellowship (German Literature of the European Middle Ages) in 2014 and by a prestigious National Humanities Center Fellowship (funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Research Triangle Foundation) in 2017–2018.

Professor Poor is also the co-editor of three collections of essays: Gender Bonds, Gender Binds: Women, Men, and Family in Middle High German Literature (principle editor, with Alison Beringer and Olga Trokhimenko, 2021; in paperback, 2022); Mysticism and Reform, 1400–1750 (with Nigel Smith, 2015) Women and Medieval Epic: Gender, Genre, and the Limits of Epic Masculinity (with Jana Schulman, 2007). (See cv for more info on Prof. Poor’s publications).

An important and significant part of Professor Poor’s energies are devoted to mentoring graduate students and colleagues who are early in their careers. She has co-founded two medieval graduate colloquia where students can share their work with their peers at other institutions, as well as with other faculty in the field: one focuses on bringing together medievalist Germanists in North America (Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, Toronto, and UNC/Duke) and the other is more internationally focused (Princeton, Münster, Cologne). Finally, as part of efforts to foster the continued study of medieval German literature and culture in the United States, she co-founded an association of American medievalists (YMAGINA) that has been active in bringing young medievalists together at conferences, as well as in establishing more lasting and productive connections between medievalists and modernists in the field of German Studies. YMAGINA has recently been reconfigured as a GSA network called Medieval and Early Modern German Studies (MEMGS). Finally, Prof. Poor convenes a writing support group for post-Generals students, both from the German department and from associated disciplines on campus.