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Walker Horsfall

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Contact Information

Office 3123
Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics Building
707 S Mathews Ave
Urbana, IL 61801
Office Hours Spring 2024:
Tuesdays 10:30am – 12:30pm

Assistant Professor


Walker Horsfall is from Toronto, Canada, and received his PhD from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.

His research, broadly conceived, is on the intersection between medieval literature and natural philosophy. His main focus is on Middle High German religious and love poetry from the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries, with additional attention to Arthurian courtly romances and mystical texts. His work examines what these medieval texts can contribute to our understanding of the histories of gender, sexuality, religion, and science. Currently, he is investigating the existence of "communities of pleasure" in the High Medieval period, as well as the use of rhetorical and narratological strategies in medieval German and Scandinavian texts as a way of encoding contemporary scientific information, particularly astronomical information.


PhD, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

Courses Taught

GER 211 - Conversation and Writing I
GER 212 - Conversation and Writing II
GER 270 - Sexuality and Literature
GER 470 / 571 - Medieval German Studies
SCAN 251 - Viking Mythology
SCAN 252 - Viking Sagas in Translation

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures
Assistant Professor, Program in Medieval Studies

Recent Publications

“Die Klage der Kunst,” co-authored with Markus Stock, in Konrad von Würzburg: ein Handbuch, ed. Markus Stock, 108–117 (Boston/Berlin: De Gruyter, 2023).

“Frauenlob’s Catechetical Imperative: Form and Function in the Kreuzleich,” Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie 138.1 (2019): 67–82.

“Konrad von Würzburg 
– A Bibliography. 2nd, revised and enlarged edition,” co-authored with Markus Stock, published on the TSpace Repository, University of Toronto Libraries. Permanent URL: