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dc.contributor.authorCoxon, Sebastian
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-08T12:16:23Z
dc.date.available2021-12-08T12:16:23Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifierONIX_20211208_9781787352216_54
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/51822
dc.description.abstractBeards and Texts explores the literary portrayal of beards in medieval German texts from the mid-twelfth to the early sixteenth centuries. It argues that as the pre-eminent symbol for masculinity the beard played a distinctive role throughout the Middle Ages in literary discussions of such major themes as majesty and humanity. At the same time beards served as an important point of reference in didactic poetry concerned with wisdom, teaching and learning, and in comedic texts that were designed to make their audiences laugh, not least by submitting various figure-types to the indignity of having their beards manhandled. Four main chapters each offer a reading of a work or poetic tradition of particular significance (Pfaffe Konrad’s Rolandslied; Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Willehalm; ‘Sangspruchdichtung’; Heinrich Wittenwiler’s Ring), before examining cognate material of various kinds, including sources or later versions of the same story, manuscript variants and miniatures and further relevant beard-motifs from the same period. The book concludes by reviewing the portrayal of Jesus in vernacular German literature, which represents a special test-case in the literary history of beards. As the first study of its kind in medieval German studies, this investigation submits beard-motifs to sustained and detailed analysis in order to shed light both on medieval poetic techniques and the normative construction of masculinity in a wide range of literary genres.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBL History: earliest times to present day::HBLC Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500::HBLC1 Medieval history
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::D Literature & literary studies::DS Literature: history & criticism::DSB Literary studies: general::DSBB Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::D Literature & literary studies::DS Literature: history & criticism::DSK Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
dc.subject.otherGermany
dc.subject.otherbeards
dc.subject.otherbeards in german literature
dc.subject.othergerman literatures
dc.subject.othermedieval german literature
dc.subject.othermedieval germany
dc.subject.otherarea studies
dc.subject.otherliterature
dc.subject.otherliterary studies
dc.titleBeards and Texts
dc.title.alternativeImages of masculinity in medieval German literature
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.14324/111.9781787352216
oapen.relation.isPublishedBydf73bf94-b818-494c-a8dd-6775b0573bc2
oapen.relation.isbn9781787352216
oapen.relation.isbn9781787352223
oapen.relation.isbn9781787352230
oapen.relation.isbn9781787352247
oapen.relation.isbn9781787352254
oapen.relation.isbn9781787354654
oapen.relation.isbn9781787354715
oapen.relation.isbn9781787356672
oapen.imprintUCL Press
oapen.place.publicationLondon


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