IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 628: Exploring Semantic Borders: Aesthetic Concepts in Middle High German

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Sonderforschungsbereich 1391 'Andere Ästhetik', Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Organiser:Marion Darilek, Sonderforschungsbereich 1391 'Andere Ästhetik' Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Moderator/Chair:Annette Gerok-Reiter, Deutsches Seminar Mediävistik Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Paper 628-a'Süeze', 'Senfte', 'Linde': Delimiting the Lexical Field of 'Sweetness' in Middle High German Literature
(Language: English)
Marion Darilek, Sonderforschungsbereich 1391 'Andere Ästhetik' Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - German, Rhetoric
Paper 628-bBetween Cotext and Context: The Emergence of Aesthetic Meaning in Sangspruch-Poetry
(Language: English)
Miriam Krauß, Sonderforschungsbereich 1391 'Andere Ästhetik' Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen / Institut für Literaturwissenschaft Universität Stuttgart
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Rhetoric
Paper 628-cVermessung eines Grenzgebiets oder: Zur Frage von Begriff und Metapher im ästhetischen Vokabular des Sangspruchs
(Language: Deutsch)
Manuel Braun, Institut für Literaturwissenschaft - Germanistische Mediävistik Universität Stuttgart
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Rhetoric
Abstract

This session focusses on aesthetic vocabulary in Middle High German (MHG). As the vernacular gradually penetrates the discursive field of aesthetics, an appropriate vocabulary needs to be developed to reflect on the production, the properties, and the reception of works of art. While some aesthetic terms are borrowed from Latin, others are rooted in everyday language and gradually acquire an aesthetic meaning. But how can we describe the border between aesthetic and non-aesthetic meaning, and how does German aesthetic vocabulary evolve as it transgresses this border? We attempt to answer these questions by considering three ‘border zones’ of aesthetics and historical semantics: (1.) the aesthetic vocabulary of Sangspruch, i.e. poems at the edge of ‘fine art’, (2.) the lexical field of ‘sweetness’ in MHG, and (3.) the delineation between occasional aesthetic metaphors and established aesthetic terms.