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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1641: Textual Thingness, II: Metaphorical Materialities

Thursday 4 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Sophie Marshall, Institut für Germanistische Literaturwissenschaft, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Moderator/Chair:Christina Antenhofer, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Innsbruck
Paper 1641-aThe Agency of Text, Thing, and Human in Orendel or The Grey Robe
(Language: English)
Bettina Bildhauer, School of Modern Languages - German, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - German
Paper 1641-b'Alsam daz wahs ein ingesigel formieret': Poetical Reflections of Moulding in Medieval German Literature
(Language: English)
Gabriele Schichta, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalter und Frühneuzeit (IZMF), Universität Salzburg
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - German
Paper 1641-cThe Performative Meaning of Things: The Stricker's Metaphysical Approach to Materiality within His Short Narratives
(Language: English)
Silvan Wagner, Lehrstuhl für Ältere Deutsche Philologie, Universität Bayreuth
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - German

In premodern literature, natural and artificial objects are often used as metaphorical vehicles for the text itself. The three talks explore the power of these metaphors in different aspects (production, structure, reader response): What are the consequences of conceptualizing texts as objects?