IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 809: In Memory of Ulrich Müller: Medievalism - Enjoying Medieval Cruelty in Modern Culture

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (IZMS), Universität Salzburg
Organiser:Siegrid Schmidt, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (IZMS), Universität Salzburg
Moderator/Chair:Ursula Bieber, Fachbereich Slawistik / Interdisziplinären Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (IZMS), Universität Salzburg
Paper 809-a'Wie ein Tschirkese im Blutrausch': Zur Lust an der Grausamkeit in der jüngeren deutschsprachigen Nibelungen-Lied-Rezeption
(Language: Deutsch)
Ingrid Bennewitz, Lehrstuhl für Deutsche Philologie des Mittelalters, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - German, Music, Performance Arts - General
Paper 809-b'Medieval Cruelty' in Children's Books and How to Subdue It
(Language: English)
Siegrid Schmidt, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (IZMS), Universität Salzburg
Index terms: Daily Life, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - German
Paper 809-cAtrocity, Terror, and Obscenity: The Middle High German Conceptual Database - Face to Face with Medieval Feasts
(Language: English)
Katharina Zeppezauer-Wachauer, Mittelhochdeutsche Begriffsdatenbank, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (IZMS), Universität Salzburg
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - German
Abstract

A literary work of Medievalism that picks up a medieval plot, a ‘Medieval Film’, a exhibition of a medieval topic or a medieval feast or market must have some certain components:There must appear kings and knights and perhaps beautiful ladies, there must be heros in the one or other sense, there have to be medieval music and singers, in the best case in a castle and at any way there has to be a form of cruelty: A war, weapons, a knightly fight, torture and some sort of execution. Some questions are: Is there a wish to see a variety of cruelty in the cultural adaptations of every period (for instance also of Antiquity), is there a special form or quality in medieval cruelty and which motivation might a reader or listener have really or nearly to enjoy cruelty? A problem of literary and historical research is how the form and functions of cruelty change from the medieval literary and historical sources to the modern and postmodern cultural or popular appearances in the great space of Medievalism.