IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1732: Finding the Height: Aspects of Elevation and the Perception of Vertical Structures in Middle High German Texts

Thursday 4 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Nina Victoria Hable, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Wien
Moderator/Chair:Matthias Meyer, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Wien
Paper 1732-aSitzen: Konstruktion von Höhe und Rang
(Language: Deutsch)
Sophie Zimmermann, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Wien
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - German
Paper 1732-bThe Downfall of Angels and Knights
(Language: English)
Nina Victoria Hable, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Wien
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Mentalities, Theology
Paper 1732-cPlacing Heaven and Hell
(Language: English)
Michaela Wiesinger, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Wien
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Mentalities, Theology
Abstract

In Middle High German Texts from the 12th and 13th century heroes get around a lot. But mostly they travel the earth on ground level and rather enter mountains than to climb them. Knights fall from their horses and angels from their ancestral places, but hardly one seems to be able or willing to climb up. And in those texts heaven and hell are places that have not yet found their final position in the height of the heavens or the centre of the earth. This session wants to answer the question if at that time motion is mainly linked to the plain level of the earth or if this is something that is underlined by a change we can perceive in the texts themselves. Are heroes of texts that have been written later more affected by ups and downs as their predecessors?