Medieval Dutch Literature in its European Context

Medieval Dutch Literature in its European Context

by Erik Kooper
     
 

This book offers new insights into the rich and varied Dutch literature of the Middle Ages. Sixteen essays written by top scholars consider this literature in the context of the social, historical and cultural developments of the period in which it took shape. The collection includes studies of the most representative authors, genres, works of the time, and current… See more details below

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This book offers new insights into the rich and varied Dutch literature of the Middle Ages. Sixteen essays written by top scholars consider this literature in the context of the social, historical and cultural developments of the period in which it took shape. The collection includes studies of the most representative authors, genres, works of the time, and current fields of research interest, ranging across the court and the city, the world of chivalry, the literature of love, religious literature, drama and the artes texts. The essays draw on the idea of a common tradition in medieval literature, originating in France and shared by other literatures of western Europe. To facilitate the reader's understanding of the European context in which Dutch literature developed, a comparative chronological survey provides an overview of the main cultural, historical and literary events between 1150 and 1500. A bibliography of English translations of medieval Dutch works is also provided.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521032346
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series, #21
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
Map
Introduction1
1Court and city culture in the Low Countries from 1100 to 153011
2Middle Dutch literature at court (with special reference to the court of Holland-Bavaria)30
3Heralds, knights and travelling46
4The rise of urban literature in the Low Countries62
5Middle Dutch Charlemagne romances and the oral tradition of the chansons de geste81
6The prologue to Arturs doet, the Middle Dutch translation of La Mort le Roi Artu in the Lancelot Compilation96
7The Roman van Walewein, an episodic Arthurian romance113
8Words and deeds in the Middle Dutch Reynaert stories131
9Dirc Potter, a medieval Ovid151
10Hovedans: Fourteenth-century dancing songs in the Rhine and Meuse area168
11The saint and the world: the Middle Dutch Voyage of Saint Brendan191
12Hadewijch: mystic poetry and courtly love208
13The Modern Devotion and innovation in Middle Dutch literature226
14A fourteenth-century vernacular poetics: Jan van Boendale's 'How Writers Should Write' (with a Modern English translation of the text by Erik Kooper)245
15From food therapy to cookery-book261
16The drama texts in the Van Hulthem manuscript283
Appendix A - Bibliography of translations297
Appendix B - Chronological table305
Index320

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