IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 521: Violence and Rules, I: Fictional Communities of Violence

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

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 521-aThe Formation and Dissolution of Violent Communities in Heinrich von Veldeke's Eneasroman
(Language: English)
Sonja Feldmann, Lehrstuhl für Ältere Deutsche Philologie, Universität Bayreuth
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - German, Mentalities
Paper 521-bDer Ritter im Baum: Wahnsinn als Auslöser für Gewalt am Beispiel des Rappoltsteiner Parzifal
(Language: Deutsch)
Anna-Lena Liebermann, Institut für Germanistik, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - German, Mentalities
Paper 521-cDie Unsicherheit der Türkenbekämpfer: Gewalt, Regeln und Weltentwürfe in den deutsch-sprachigen Türkenflugschriften des 16. Jahrhunderts
(Language: Deutsch)
András F. Balogh, Institute for German Studies, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca / Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Mentalities, Military History
Abstract

Courtly literature normally describes violence as regulated by chivalric rules: both in single combat and on the battle field courtly knights obey these rules. There are, however, situations described in which violence could escalate, especially when knights or rulers separate from society and form new ‘autonomous’ groups, either driven by emotions or by political necessity or divine will. The papers in this session examine different sub-genres of Middle High German courtly romance, asking about the factors and rules indicated by literature that lead to the formation or dissolution of communities of violence resp. the escalation of violence, and about the rules imposed on violent acts by these communities.