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Medieval Listening and Reading : The Primary Reception of German Literature 800-1300 - Dennis Howard Green

Medieval Listening and Reading

The Primary Reception of German Literature 800-1300

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Published: 26th August 1994
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This book deals with the first 500 years of German literature (800-1300) and how it was received by contemporaries. Covering the whole spectrum of genres, from dance-songs to liturgy, heroic epics to drama, it explores which works were meant to be recited to listeners, which were destined for the individual reader, and which anticipated a twofold reception. It emphasizes this third possibility, seeing it as an example of the bicultural world of the Middle Ages, combining orality with writing, illiteracy with literacy, vernacular with Latin, lay with clerical.

'Admirable ... a very complex, well-researched and absorbing book ... highly recommended.' Icarus

Preliminary Problems
Orality and writing
The historical background
Three Modes of Reception
Criteria for reception by hearing
Survey of reception by hearing
Criteria for reception by reading
Survey of reception by reading
Criteria for the intermediate mode of reception
Survey of the intermediate mode of reception
Conclusions
Literacy, history and fiction
Recital and reading in their historical context
Notes
Bibliographic index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521444934
ISBN-10: 0521444934
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 500
Published: 26th August 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.9