John the Evangelist and Medieval German Writing: Imitating the Inimitable

Hardcover | December 1, 2001

byAnnette Volfing

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The saint and visionary author John the Evangelist becomes the focus of spiritual and literary discussion in a great range of Middle High German writings, many of them not previously examined by scholars. These include not just sermons and devotional literature (sometimes aimed specifically atwomen in religious orders), but also narrative romance in verse and 'Meisterlieder', the metrically intricate didactic poetry of the later part of the period. Paying particular attention to the theme of 'imitatio' - the extent to which the saint is presented as a suitable role-model for differentcategories of reader - Annette Volfing reveals the considerable variations in the literary uses of John in different genres.The strength of the book depends partly on the fact that it draws attention to a body of largely unknown literary texts, and partly on the fact that its analysis involves the juxtaposition of genres normally considered in isolation. Above all, it provides a coherent overview of a theme of centralimportance to the history of Western spirituality.

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The saint and visionary author John the Evangelist becomes the focus of spiritual and literary discussion in a great range of Middle High German writings, many of them not previously examined by scholars. These include not just sermons and devotional literature (sometimes aimed specifically atwomen in religious orders), but also narrat...

Annette Volfing is at University Lecturer in Medieval German, Oxford University, and College Tutor in German, Oriel College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:December 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019924684X

ISBN - 13:9780199246847

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AbbreviationsIntroductionI: The Latin Background1. The Biographical Tradition2. The LiturgyII: Devotional Uses of John in Middle High German3. Sermons4. Johannes-libelliIII: Poetological Uses of John in Middle High German5. Biblical Narratives6. 'Meisterlieder'ConclusionBibliographyIndex