Walter Haug

Visit Dates: 1998-99

University of Tübingen - Universität Tübingen, Germany

Research Interests
  • Medievalist
  • Comparative Literatury History adn Theory
  • Middle High German epic

Prof. Dr. Walter Haug was a medievalist who specialized in the Middle High German epic, comparative literary history, and literary theory with regards to Western mysticism. His book Literaturtheorie im deutschen Mittelalter remains one of the standard texts of medieval studies. Haug served as the first chair of medieval studies at the newly founded University of Regensburg in 1967, and for twenty-two years was a full professor at the Department of German Medieval Studies at the University of Tübingen. In 1988, Haug and his colleague Burghart Wachinger won the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize for their research contriubtions to Ältere deutsche Literaturwissenschaft.  Prof. Dr. Haug came to the University of Notre Dame as a Max Kade Scholar during the 1998-99 academic year where he also served as one of the first visiting scholars at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Professor Haug passed away in 2008 at the age of 80.  In 2010, the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela received a posthumous legacy of Professor Haug's works.