Medieval Dutch Literature in its European Context

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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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"the volume contains much that is fascinating, plus some true treasures of discovery....Erik Kooper's volume, which contains a useful bibliography of translations and an excellent four-column chronology, instructively complements the English-based collaboration edited by Caroline Barron and Nigel Saul....It certainly deepens the fascination of this shifting, densely populated bloc of European territories, native ground to anxieties and fantasies that will flower through Bosch and Brueghel and so inaugurate, some might say, the ego's era." David Wallace, Studies in the Age of Chaucer
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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
Map
Introduction 1
1 Court and city culture in the Low Countries from 1100 to 1530 11
2 Middle Dutch literature at court (with special reference to the court of Holland-Bavaria) 30
3 Heralds, knights and travelling 46
4 The rise of urban literature in the Low Countries 62
5 Middle Dutch Charlemagne romances and the oral tradition of the chansons de geste 81
6 The prologue to Arturs doet, the Middle Dutch translation of La Mort le Roi Artu in the Lancelot Compilation 96
7 The Roman van Walewein, an episodic Arthurian romance 113
8 Words and deeds in the Middle Dutch Reynaert stories 131
9 Dirc Potter, a medieval Ovid 151
10 Hovedans: Fourteenth-century dancing songs in the Rhine and Meuse area 168
11 The saint and the world: the Middle Dutch Voyage of Saint Brendan 191
12 Hadewijch: mystic poetry and courtly love 208
13 The Modern Devotion and innovation in Middle Dutch literature 226
14 A fourteenth-century vernacular poetics: Jan van Boendale's 'How Writers Should Write' (with a Modern English translation of the text by Erik Kooper) 245
15 From food therapy to cookery-book 261
16 The drama texts in the Van Hulthem manuscript 283
Appendix A - Bibliography of translations 297
Appendix B - Chronological table 305
Index 320
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