IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 128: European Others: Exploring Identity Formation in Medieval Writing from Germany and beyond

Monday 3 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies, King's College London
Organiser:Doriane Zerka, Department of German, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Cora Dietl, Institut für Germanistik, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen
Paper 128-aKing Arthur and Julius Caesar: Two Models of Political and Genealogical Identity Formation in the 12th Century
(Language: English)
Christoph Pretzer, Department of German & Dutch, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Comparative
Paper 128-bThe Religious Other, or Other Religions?: Identities and Encounters in Late Medieval German and English Pilgrimage Writing
(Language: English)
Mary Boyle, Department of German, Maynooth University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - German, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 128-cIspanien?: Space, Otherness, and Self-Advertisement in Oswald von Wolkenstein's Songs
(Language: English)
Doriane Zerka, Department of German, King's College London
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Mentalities

How did medieval texts conceive of, construct, and define identity? What role did Others play in dynamics of identity formation? How did European literatures interact with each other to build common identities or to create barriers? This session considers historiography, pilgrimage writing, and lyric from the German speaking area and puts them into dialogue with European others – others within Europe or imagined by Europe – to question identity formation on a political, religious, and personal level. From genealogical identity derived from historical figures, to encounters with Others in sacred places and the use of foreign space for literary self-advertisement, this session challenges premodern concepts of Europe, the self and the Other from a transnational perspective, participating in the exciting outward-looking future of medieval German studies in the UK.