IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 519: Pleasure in Violence, I: Arthurian and Heroic Literature

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Forschergruppe 'Gewaltgemeinschaften', Justus-Liebig-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 519-aGemeinsam sind wir (zu) stark: Genuss, Exzess und arthurische Gruppendynamik in Konfliktsituationen
(Language: Deutsch)
Titus Knäpper, Institut für Germanistik, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - German, Social History
Paper 519-bDer 'locus amoenus' als Ort mythischer Entdifferenzierung in der höfischen Epik
(Language: Deutsch)
Thomas Poser, Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - German, Literacy and Orality
Paper 519-c'houwen, daz man iht daz bluot': Gewaltexzesse als herrscherliches Amüsement im 'Wormser Rosengarten'
(Language: Deutsch)
Jörg Füllgrabe, Sozialwissenschaften, Hochschule Darmstadt
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Literacy and Orality
Abstract

In medieval epic literature, actions of violence and moments of lust are not always as separate as the battlefield and the court festivity; rather to the contrary, narrative texts often play with their audience’s expectation about rooms, rules and ethics of violence. The papers in this session ask about the function and the aesthetic quality of provocative interferences between the spheres of violence and pleasure in different literary genres: in the Arthurian romance, where the knights are not always free from destructive pleasure in violence and where loca amoena can quickly turn into places of brutality, and in heroic epic, where acts of violence are often aestheticized as to suggest pleasure.