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    Vernacular Literary Theory in the Middle Ages: The German Tradition, 800-1300, in its European Context (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature) (Paperback) By (author) Walter Haug, Series edited by A. J. Minnis, Series edited by Patrick Boyde, Series edited by John Burrow, Series edited by Rita Copeland, Series edited by Alan Deyermond, Series edited by Peter Dronke, Series edited by Nigel Palmer, Series edited by Winthrop Wetherbee

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    DescriptionThe first edition of this book appeared in German in 1985, and set an 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.


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    Title
    Vernacular Literary Theory in the Middle Ages
    Subtitle
    The German Tradition, 800-1300, in its European Context
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Walter Haug, Series edited by A. J. Minnis, Series edited by Patrick Boyde, Series edited by John Burrow, Series edited by Rita Copeland, Series edited by Alan Deyermond, Series edited by Peter Dronke, Series edited by Nigel Palmer, Series edited by Winthrop Wetherbee
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 444
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 650 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521027991
    ISBN 10: 0521027993
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15710
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ACG
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DFG
    BIC E4L: LIT
    LC classification: PN
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: LIT011000
    BIC subject category V2: 2ACG
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004170, LIT004130
    DC22: 809.02, 830.9002
    LC classification: PT179 .H3813 1997
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 801.9509430902
    Thema V1.0: DSBB
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    02 November 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    '... an intelligent, sparkling book.' Neue Zurcher Zeitung '... it is to be hoped that this brilliant and lively book will quickly find a readership in related disciplines of study.' Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift
    Back cover copy
    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, such as are 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 focussing 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 ground-breaking study is now available in English for the first time.
    Table of contents
    Translator's preface; Preface to the English edition; Introductory remarks; 1. The background: Christian aesthetics versus classical rhetoric; 2. The problem of the vernacular: Otfrid von Weissenburg and the beginnings of literary theory in Old High German; 3. Literature, allegory and salvation: theoretical positions in Early Middle High German; 4. Religious adaptation of secular forms: the Rolandslied, Brautwerbungsepen ('bridal quests'), the Alexander romance; 5. Chretien de Troyes' prologue to Erec et Enide and the Arthurian structural model; 6. Divine inspiration and the changing role of the poet in Chretien's Lancelot and Cliges; 7. Hartmann von Aue's fictional programme: the prologue to Iwein; 8. Hagiographical legend or romance? - Hartmann's prologue to Gregorius; 9. Wolfram von Eschenbach's literary theory: the prologue to Parzival, the metaphor of the bow, and the 'self-defence'; 10. Wolfram's Willehalm: a return to historical romance?; 11. Ethics and aesthetics: Gottfried von Strassburg's literary theory; 12. The truth of fiction: Thomasin von Zerkl're and integumentum theory; 13. The Lucidarius A-prologue in the context of contemporary literary theory, and the origins of the prose romance; 14. Magic, morals and manipulation: the emergence of the post-classical Arthurian romance; 15. Rudolf von Ems' Der guote Gerhart: a programmatic rejection of the correlation between merit and reward; 16. Chance, fortune and virtue: Rudolf von Ems' Alexander; 17. Wolfram's prologue to Willehalm: a model for later hagiographical romances; 18. 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; 19. Konrad von Wurzburg: spellbinding artistry and individual moral action; 20. Albrecht's Der jungere Titurel: magic and moral code in the inscription on the hound's leash; Concluding remarks; Bibliography; Index.