Medieval Listening and Reading: The Primary Reception of German Literature, 800-1300by Dennis Howard Green, D. H. Green, Green Dennis Howard
Pub. Date: 07/28/2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book deals with the first 500 years of German literature (800-1300) and how it was received by contemporaries. Covering the whole spectrum of genres, from dance-songs to liturgy, heroic epics to drama, it explores which works were meant to be recited to listeners, which were destined for the individual reader, and which anticipated a twofold reception. It emphasizes this third possibility, seeing it as an example of the bicultural world of the Middle Ages, combining orality with writing, illiteracy with literacy, vernacular with Latin, lay with clerical.
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Table of ContentsPart I. Preliminary Problems: 1. Orality and writing; 2. The historical background; Part II. Three Modes of Reception: 3. Criteria for reception by hearing; 4. Survey of reception by hearing; 5. Criteria for reception by reading; 6. Survey of reception by reading; 7. Criteria for the intermediate mode of reception; 8. Survey of the intermediate mode of reception; Part III. Conclusions: 9. Literacy, history and fiction; 10. Recital and reading in their historical context; Notes; Bibliographic index.
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