School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Dr Doriane Zerka


Lecturer in German

Room Number: Arts One 2.04


I am a medievalist with a background in Modern Languages and European literature. I graduated with a BA in German and Hispanic Studies from Queen Mary and an MPhil in European Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge. I received my PhD in German and Hispanic Studies from King’s College London in 2019. My research focuses on medieval European literature, with a focus on texts in German and Spanish (Castilian). In my PhD thesis, I analysed representations of Iberia in medieval German literature and the construction of pre-European identities. My new research considers the role of women as transcultural agents in the construction of European literature in the Middle Ages. More generally, I am interested in transnational medieval literature, postcolonialism, perceptions of alterity and gender in the European Middle Ages.


GER4207 Foundations of German Studies

GER5202 German II - Guided Composition

GER5204 Contemporary German Studies I

GER COM5014 The Medieval Epic

GER LIN6041 History of the German Language



Doriane Zerka, “Constructing Poetic Identity: Iberia as a Heterotopia in Oswald von Wolkenstein’s Songs”, Modern Language Review Volume 114, No. 2. April 2019, pp. 274–293: