IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 813: Melancholic Gestures in Medieval Literature, Medicine, and Philosophy, II: Codes and Transgressions in Middle High German Literature

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Andrea Sieber, Institut für Deutsche & Niederländische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Antje Wittstock, Institut für Deutsche & Niederländische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Antje Wittstock, Institut für Deutsche & Niederländische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Paper 813-aSad Killer: Bloodshed as Melancholic Gesture in Heroic Poetry (unconfirmed)
(Language: English)
Michael Mecklenburg, Institut für Deutsche & Niederländische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - German
Paper 813-bBlood, Melancholy, and the Grail
(Language: English)
Matthias Meyer, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Wien
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Language and Literature - German
Paper 813-cWritten Woundings: Melancholy and Desire in the German Prosa-Lancelot
(Language: English)
Christiane Ackermann, Deutsches Seminar, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - German
Abstract

It is known that even since antiquity, melancholy has been closely associated with ideas of masculinity as shown in stereotype gestures. Generally, medieval narrative texts and illustrated manuscripts provide evidence of how medical-philosophical treatises were reflected. However, it is noticeable that in vernacular literature new forms of representation are tested. Melancholy as an emotional state is no longer embodied in male heroes, but is now attributed to female figures as well, or by the disablement of the male body through injury. Taking this as a starting point, the contributions to our session ask in more detail whether melancholic gestures in Middle High German epic and courtly novels are recoded and transgressed.