A Companion to Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (fl. 960)
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A Companion to Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (fl. 960) : Contextual and Interpretive Approaches

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Hrotsvit, a canoness in the German convent Gandersheim, wrote Latin poems, stories, plays, and histories during the reign of Emperor Otto the Great (962-973). She expresses a strong sense of authorial mission in letters, prefaces, and dedications. These personal writings, as well as her full literary corpus, are studied in twelve original essays by scholars from Europe and North America, who bring several perspectives to bear. Her historical roots are shown, both in her use of Christian literary tradition (e.g., the legend) and in her understanding of political forces shaping her time. Her strong spirituality emerges from vivid portraits not only of martyrs but also of men and women who question and doubt the Lord, while her openness to problems of sexuality, and of the need for women to realize their individuality and particular gifts, is surprisingly modern. Contributors include: Walter Berscin, Katrinette Bodarwe, Jay Lees, Gary Macy, Linda McMillin, Florence Newman, and Lisa Westonshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 396 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 28mm | 798.32g
  • Brill
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • New.
  • 9004229620
  • 9789004229624

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`'Most pleasantly, each contribution was written in an accessible fashion, without ever losing the high scholarly level. We can truly commend the editors for having created a marvelous foundation for future research on Hrotsvit.'' Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona. In: Mediaevistik, 26, 2013, p. 339.show more

About Phyllis R. Brown

Phyllis R. Brown, Ph.D. (1979) in English, University of Oregon, is Associate Provost at Santa Clara University. She co-edited Hrotsvit of Gandersheim: Contexts, Identities, Affinities, and Performances (2004) and Women Writing Latin: From Roman Antiquity to Early Modern Europe (2002). Stephen L. Wailes, Ph.D. (1968) in Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, is Professor Emeritus of Germanic Studies, Indiana University. Among his publications on medieval writing is Spirituality and Politics in the Works of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (Selinsgrove, 2006).show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Editions, Translations, and Abbreviations Canon and Titles PART I INTRODUCTION Chapter One: Hrotsvit and Her World Stephen L. Wailes Chapter Two: Hrotsvit and Her Works Walter Berschin Hrotsvit's Mind and Spirit Chapter Three: Hrotsvit in Context: Convents and Culture in Ottonian Germany Jane Stevenson Chapter Four: Hrotsvit's Theology of Virginity and Continence Gary Macy PART II HROTSVIT'S WRITINGS: CHARACTERISTICS AND PROBLEMS Chapter Five: The Sacred Stories in Verse Stephen L. Wailes Chapter Six: Hrotsvit's Plays Stephen L. Wailes Chapter Seven: The Necessity of Hrotsvit: Evangelizing Theatre Michael Zampelli, S. J. Chapter Eight: David rex fidelis? Otto the Great, the Gesta Ottonis, and the Primordia coenobii Gandeshemensis Jay T. Lees Chapter Nine: Hrotsvit's Apostolic Mission: Prefaces, Dedications, and Other Addresses to Readers Phyllis R. Brown SECTION III ENDURING ISSUES Chapter Ten: Virginity and other Sexualities Lisa M.C. Weston Chapter Eleven: Strong Voice(s) of Hrotsvit: Male-Female Dialogue Florence Newman Chapter Twelve: The Audiences of Hrotsvit Linda A. McMillin Chapter Thirteen: Hrotsvit and her Avatars Katrinette Bodarwe Bibliography Contributor Biographies Indexshow more