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IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 221: Rules of Violence, II: Rhetoric of Violence

Monday 9 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Forschergruppe 'Gewaltgemeinschaften', Universität Gießen / Oswald-von-Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft
Organiser:Cora Dietl, Institut für Germanistik, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen
Moderator/Chair:Cora Dietl, Institut für Germanistik, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen
Paper 221-aRipped Bodies, Pierced Heels, and Burned Houses: Manifestations of Violence in Norse Saga Literature
(Language: English)
Marco Mora, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities
Paper 221-bMärengewalt: Violence as a Means of Communication Used for the Dissolution of Communities of Violence
(Language: English)
Silvan Wagner, Lehrstuhl für Ältere Deutsche Philologie, Universität Bayreuth
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Mentalities
Paper 221-cDarstellung der Regeln von Gewalt und Regeln der Darstellung von Gewalt: Gewaltausbrüche im 'gattungsfreien Raum' des meisterlichen Erzähllieds
(Language: Deutsch)
Gabriel Viehhauser, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Bern
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Mentalities, Performance Arts - General

Even though violence often seems to be irrational, acts of violence that are a form of non-verbal communication follow certain rules. These rules especially become visible in literary descriptions and fictional constructions of violence. Medieval literature distinguishes between acceptable and unacceptable, regular and irregular forms of violence and it stresses the dialogical character of violence, often related to the performative quality of the respective literary genre. The papers in this session ask about the different rules of violence described in different literary genres in medieval German and Norse literature.