IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1325: About Bridal Quest: Heroes and Anti-Heroes between Conquest and Sexual Desire

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft / Facoltà di lingue e letterature straniere, Università degli Studi di Urbino
Organiser:Patrizia Mazzadi, Università degli Studi di Urbino 'Carlo Bo'
Moderator/Chair:Sieglinde Hartmann, Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main
Paper 1325-aIt Began in the North?: Origin and Development of the Bridal Quest Motive - An Open Question
(Language: English)
Patrizia Mazzadi, Università degli Studi di Urbino 'Carlo Bo'
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Women's Studies
Paper 1325-bConquering the Unknown: The Bridal Quest Motif in the Willehalm Trilogy
(Language: English)
Cordula Böcking-Politis, Department of Germanic Studies, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Women's Studies
Paper 1325-cThe Timing of Desire in Day Three of Boccaccio's Decameron
(Language: English)
Peggy Escher, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Italian, Mentalities, Philosophy
Abstract

There is no doubt that the bridal quest is an important motif in the literature of the Middle Ages, and also that this subject know a important development between 12th and 14th century, particular in the German bridal-quest epics. The session wishes to investigate the European origin and development of the motif and its specific features using targeted literature texts of the Early and Middle Ages.