IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1112: Joyful Living: Pleasure, Sin, and the Political Body in Courtly German Literature

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft / Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Organisers:Kathrin Gollwitzer-Oh, Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Alexander Kagerer, Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Moderator/Chair:Berit Skock, Zentrum für Mittelalter- und Renaissancestudien, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Paper 1112-aNo Pain - No Gain: Female Pleasure in Middle High German Literature
(Language: English)
Sabrina Hufnagel, Lehrstuhl für Deutsche Philologie des Mittelalters, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - German, Women's Studies
Paper 1112-bDangerous Bodies: Physical and Spiritual Love in Marsilio Ficino's De Amore
(Language: English)
Susanne Kathrin Beiweis, Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien
Index terms: Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Philosophy, Theology

In courtly literature the perfect knight embodies all courtly ideals and virtues – knighthood, lineage, ethos – as well as he is capable of exercising a certain courtly skill set consummately. The worldy pleasures necessesary to constitute a perfect court or a perfect ruler are often in contrast with Medieval ecclesiastic ideals of the miles Christianus. This session focuses on the question how literary texts negotiate problems that can be caused by misguided pleasures by the courtly political body.