IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 519: Holy Politics!: Borders between the Sacred and the Political in Medieval German Literature

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Lea Braun, Institut für deutsche Literatur, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Ricarda Wagner, Department of English Universität Bern
Moderator/Chair:Ricarda Wagner, Department of English Universität Bern
Paper 519-aThe Relic Politic: St Helena, the Cross, and Sacred Imperialism in the Inventio Legends
(Language: English)
Ricarda Wagner, Department of English Universität Bern
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - German
Paper 519-bFemale Mystics Reclaiming Liturgical Authority: The Cases of Margareta Ebner and Adelheid Langmann
(Language: English)
Pavlina Kulagina, Institut für Deutsche Literatur Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Liturgy
Paper 519-cContested Futures: Prophecy and the Border Dispute between Fate and Politics in the 'Alexander' Romances
(Language: English)
Lea Braun, Institut für deutsche Literatur, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This panel queries the border between the sacred and the political in medieval German literature. Genres from romances to hagiography and mystical texts negotiate what it means to wield authority in secular and religious contexts. Rather than being diametrically opposed, the political and the sacred frequently blend and borrow from each other. Questions that inspire this panel are: where do the borders between the sacred and the political run? When are they ignored or deliberately subverted? And how do the sacred and the political change after meeting at the border?