IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1054: New Work in Medieval German Studies from the British Isles

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Bettina Bildhauer, School of Modern Languages - German, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Aysha Strachan, Department of German, King's College London
Paper 1054-aWomen across Borders: The Case of Elisabeth of Nassau-Saarbr├╝cken and Herzog Herpin
(Language: English)
Doriane Zerka, Department of German, King's College London
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Women's Studies
Paper 1054-bThe German Middle Ages in the Anglophone 19th Century
(Language: English)
Mary Boyle, Department of German, Maynooth University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - German, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1054-cSoteriological Borderlands: The City of Acre in Ottokar aus der Gaal's Book of Acre
(Language: English)
Christoph Pretzer, Department of German & Dutch, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Crusades, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - German, Mentalities
Abstract

This session showcases exciting new work on medieval German literature by early career researchers in the British Isles. The particular strength and distinctiveness of their perspective lies in their emphasis on non-canonical texts (Zerka, Pretzer), on transnational exchange (Zerka), on historical embedding (Pretzer, Boyle) and on medievalism (Boyle). Zerka will ask what role women, as agents and objects of cultural (ex)change, played in the development of a premodern transnational culture, especially Elisabeth of Nassau-Saarbr├╝cken and her ‘Herzog Herpin’. Boyle’s paper explores English-language adaptations of Der arme Heinrich, the Nibelungenlied and Kudrun in the context of 19th-century constructions of the nation. Pretzer argues that the portrayal of the city of Acre in the 14th-centuryBook of Acre rationalises the failure of the crusades.