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The Art of Recognition in Wolfram's 'Parzival' - Dennis Howard Green

The Art of Recognition in Wolfram's 'Parzival'

Hardcover Published: 30th November 1982
ISBN: 9780521245005
Number Of Pages: 368

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Although much work has recently been done on the relationship between poet, narrator and audience in medieval literature, no sustained attempt has yet been made to inquire into the ways in which the listener's responses are rhetorically controlled and guided in the case of the Parzival of Wolfram von Eschenbach. This book attempts such an inquiry by combining five approaches which have so far been used only separately or partially: the narrator's use of a point of view technique, a specific problem concerning the medieval technique, a specific problem concerning the medieval reception of his work, a procedure best described as 'revealing while concealing', the technique used in naming characters, and the theme of recognition in Parzival. These approaches are combined and applied in detail to the narrative sequence of Wolfram's romance. Although the narratives dealing with Gahmuret, Parzival and Gawan are all dealt with, the lion's share falls to Parzival as the hero of the work (whereby special importance is attached to his crucial dialogue with the hermit Trevrizent in Book IX), but due regard is also paid to Gawan as a means of highlighting the special position of the hero. The discussion throughout is organised around the various encounters in the work in which recognition or non-recognition plays a part.

Gahmuret (Books I and II)
Parzival-s youth (Books III and IV)
Parzival-s failure (Books V and VI)
Gawan (Books VII-VIII and X-XIII)
Parzival and Trevrizent (Book IX)
Parzival-s success (Books XIV-XVI)
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ISBN: 9780521245005
ISBN-10: 0521245001
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 30th November 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.61