Topographies of Gender in Middle High German Arthurian Romance


This book explores the metaphor of topography as a mechanism for the inscription of gender roles in Arthurian romance.
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This book explores the metaphor of topography as a mechanism for the inscription of gender roles in Arthurian romance.
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Alexandria Sterling-Hellenbrand teaches at Goshen College.
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Table of Contents

1 Cultural Topography and Arthurian Romance 1
Cultural Topography 3
Romance Space 5
Gender Topographies 7
The Reality of Courtly Romance 11
The Experiment of Fiction 14
The Gender Question 17
Gender, Romance, and the Issue of Space 21
2 The Topography of Hartmann von Aue Negotiating Spaces and Power in Erec and Iwein 41
Erec: "wan bi den liuten ist so guot" 45
Iwein: A Woman's Place Is Her Castle 63
3 The Topography of Wolfram von Eschenbach Spaces of "Becoming" and "Being" in Parzival 101
Wolfram's Reaction to Hartmann 105
Wolfram's Worlds 113
The Orient 114
The Courtly (Arthurian) World 123
The Grail World 132
4 The Topography of Gottfried von Strassburg Places to Play in Tristan 155
Gottfried and His Contemporaries 156
A Place for Noble Hearts 160
"Real" Places 163
The Forest Transformed 165
Ireland: A Mother's Place, An Other Space 168
Cornwall: A Place for Two to Play 174
"ein man mit muote" 182
5 Conclusions 207
Bibliography 215
Index 241
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