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Vernacular Literary Theory in the Middle Ages : The German Tradition, 800-1300, in its European Context - Walter Haug

Vernacular Literary Theory in the Middle Ages

The German Tradition, 800-1300, in its European Context

Hardcover Published: 13th March 1997
ISBN: 9780521341974
Number Of Pages: 426

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The first edition of this book appeared in German in 1985, and set a new agenda for the study of medieval literary theory. Rather than seeing vernacular writers' reflections on their art, as found in prologues, epilogues and interpolations in literary texts, as merely deriving from established Latin traditions, Walter Haug shows that they marked the gradual emancipation of an independent vernacular poetics that went hand in hand with changing narrative forms. While focusing primarily on medieval German writers, Haug also takes into account French literature of the same period, and the principles underlying his argument are equally relevant to medieval literature in English or any other European language. This important study is now available in English for the first time.

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Translator's preface
Preface to the English edition
Introductory remarks
The background: Christian aesthetics versus classical rhetoric
The problem of the vernacular: Otfrid von Weissenburg and the beginnings of literary theory in Old High German
Literature, allegory and salvation: theoretical positions in Early Middle High German
Religious adaptation of secular forms: the Rolandslied, Brautwerbungsepen ('bridal quests'), the
Chr(c)tien de Troyes' prologue to Erec et Enide and the Arthurian structural model
Divine inspiration and the changing role of the poet in Chr(c)tien's Lancelot Clig(c)s
Hartmann von Aue's fictional programme: the prologue to Iwein
Hagiographical legend or romance? - Hartmann's prologue to Gregorius
Wolfram von Eschenbach's literary theory: the prologue to Parzival, the metaphor of the bow, and the 'self-defence'
Wolfram's Willehalm: a return to historical romance?
Ethics and aesthetics: Gottfried von Strassburg's literary theory
The truth of fiction: Thomasin von Zerkl re and integumentum theory
The Lucidarius A-prologue in the context of contemporary literary theory, and the origins of the prose romance
Magic, morals and manipulation: the emergence of the post-classical Arthurian romance
Rudolf von Ems' Der guote G rhart: a programmatic rejection of the correlation between merit and reward
Chance, fortune and virtue: Rudolf von Ems' Alexander
Wolfram's prologue to Willehalm: a model for later hagiographical romances
The new genre of love-romance: suffering as a way to fulfilment. From Rudolf von Ems' Willehalm von Orlens to Ulrich von Etzenbach's Willehalm von Wenden
Konrad von W1/4rzburg: spellbinding artistry and individual moral action
Albrecht's Der j1/4ngere Titurel: magic and moral code in the inscription on the hound's leash
Concluding remarks
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ISBN: 9780521341974
ISBN-10: 0521341973
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 426
Published: 13th March 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.75  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.75