IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1323: Teaching the Otherness: Medieval Literature in School

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (ZEMAS), Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Organiser:Ingrid Bennewitz, Lehrstuhl für Deutsche Philologie des Mittelalters, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Moderator/Chair:Detlef Goller, Lehrstuhl für deutsche Philologie des Mittelalters, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Paper 1323-aA Hero's Journey through Time and School: Teaching a Narrative Scheme in the Sixth Form
(Language: English)
Valentina Ringelmann, Lehrstuhl für Deutsche Philologie des Mittelalters, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 1323-bThrough the Looking-Glass and What We Can Find There: Recognising Otherness
(Language: English)
Ines Heiser, Institut für Deutsche Philologie des Mittelalters, Philipps-Universität Marburg
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 1323-cLooking Out for Outcasts with the Help of Digital Medieval German Literature: The MHDBDB in Alternative Teaching
(Language: English)
Katharina Zeppezauer-Wachauer, Mittelhochdeutsche Begriffsdatenbank (MHDBDB), Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalter und Frühneuzeit (IZMF), Universität Salzburg
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Teaching the Middle Ages
Abstract

From the present day perspective the Middle Ages always appear different and diverse. In the wide field of popular culture this factor seems to be downright boosting their market value, whilst in educational contexts it is precisely this otherness which allegedly lacks a connection to the student’s cultural and personal environment; this argument is used to force out Middle High German language and literature out of the curriculum. Apart from the fact that with a continuity leading up to the present day the medieval texts always contain the familiar within their otherness, the section will also discuss chances and opportunities as well as limits of this alterity in regards of teaching the Middle Ages.