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Sara Poor

  • German
Position: Faculty Associate
Title: Associate Professor of German.
Office: 211 East Pyne
Phone: 609-258-7980
Sara Poor

Faculty Associates


Sara S. Poor ( Ph.D. Duke University ) is Associate Professor of German. After holding positions at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (1995-96) and Stanford University (1996-2002), 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 was awarded the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship's 2006 Prize for the best first book on a medieval feminist topic and the Medieval Academy of America's 2008 John Nicholas Brown Prize for the best first book on a medieval subject. It takes a historical approach to the complex theoretical issues surrounding the study of medieval manuscripts, women's writing, and canon formation and was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2004. Professor Poor is also co-editor with Jana K. Schulman ( Western Michigan University ) of Women and Medieval Epic: Gender, Genre, and the Limits of Epic Masculinity (2007 Palgrave Press). She has three works in progress: 1) a book project on the relationship between gender and literacy that focuses on women religious and the production and transmission of devotional books; and 2) a volume of essays that grew out of the CSR-sponsored conference “Mysticism, Reform, and the Formation of Modernity” that took place at Princeton in February 2008; and 3) a translation of the Sisterbooks (female-authored chronicles of 14th-century German Dominican convents).