Essays on Medieval German Literature and Iconography

Overview

In making this selection of twelve essays spanning the period 1953–77 for this 1980 volume, Professor Pickering bore in mind that many of his recent readers are not students of German, but of comparative literature, art, history or theology, and translated three of the twelve for the occasion. He grouped them according to their 'approach' and introduced each with reference to his other writings. The essays in the volume concern medieval ideas of fate, fortune and history, and the persuasive influence of the ...

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Overview

In making this selection of twelve essays spanning the period 1953–77 for this 1980 volume, Professor Pickering bore in mind that many of his recent readers are not students of German, but of comparative literature, art, history or theology, and translated three of the twelve for the occasion. He grouped them according to their 'approach' and introduced each with reference to his other writings. The essays in the volume concern medieval ideas of fate, fortune and history, and the persuasive influence of the Consolation of Philosophy of Boethius. One essay in the selection invites further discussion of 'the Western image of Byzantium'. Of more exclusive interest to students of German are an essay on Goethe's use of emblem-book motifs and images in his idyll Alexis und Dora, and reflections on the academic study of German.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521159340
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/2010
  • Series: Anglica Germanica Series 2 Series
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Textual Studies: Iconographical Approaches: 1. The gothic image of Christ. The sources of medieval representations of the crucifixion; 2. Exegesis and imagination. A contribution to the study of Rupert of Deutz; 3. Trinitas creator: word and image; 4. Justus Lipsius' De Cruce libri tres (1593), or the historian's dilemma; 5. Goethe's 'Alexis und Dora' (1796). An interpretation; Part II. Textual Studies: Historiographical Approaches: 6. Notes on Fate and Fortune; 7. The 'fortune' of Hartmann's Erec; 8. Historical thought and moral codes in medieval epic; 9. The Western image of Byzantium in the Middle Ages; 10. Economies of history. What is fiction? Part III. Syllabus Studies; 11. On coming to terms with Curtius; 12. University German and the syllabus of studies; Notes; Publications of F. P. Pickering.

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