Vernacular and Latin Literary Discourses of the Muslim Other in Medieval Germany

Hardcover | May 15, 2011

byJerold C. Frakes, Jerold C Frakes

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Little attention has been focused on the representation of Muslims in medieval Germany. Proceeding from a grounded use of contemporary cultural theory and close textual analysis, this study analyzes the role of Muslims in several core texts representing drama, epic, and lyric written by the most important writers of medieval Germany. Far from simply adding medieval Germany to the growing scholarly list of the ‘pre-post-colonializing’ European cultures, this study provides important new perspectives.

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Little attention has been focused on the representation of Muslims in medieval Germany. Proceeding from a grounded use of contemporary cultural theory and close textual analysis, this study analyzes the role of Muslims in several core texts representing drama, epic, and lyric written by the most important writers of medieval Germany. F...

Jerold C. Frakes is a Professor of English at the University at Buffalo. Among his publications on medieval Latin, German, Norse, and Yiddish literature are Brides and Doom: Gender, Property and Power in Medieval German Women’s Epic and The Cultural Study of Yiddish in Early Modern Europe. He is currently writing a book on epistemolog...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 8.63 × 5.73 × 0.85 inPublished:May 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230110878

ISBN - 13:9780230110878

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Table of Contents

Ludus as Prelude
Discourses of the Muslim Other
Muslims in Hrotsvit's 'Pelagius' and the Ludus de Antichristo
Mandatory Muslim Metamorphosis in Crusader Epic
Wolfram von Eschenbach, Gyburc, and Tolerance
Walther von der Vogelweide, Crusader Lyric and the Discourse of the Other
A Twelfth-Century Paradigm Shift?

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"Outstanding, fresh, and eye-opening historical contextualization. This is the work of a great contrarian thinker, a book that makes us re-evaluate our own reaction to some of the key texts of the German Middle Ages and our impetus for judging them in the way we are used to." - Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies