Camden House History of German Literature, Volume 2: German Literature Early Middle Ages Brian Murdoch

ISBN: 9781281770608

Published: May 10th 2014

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Camden House History of German Literature, Volume 2: German Literature Early Middle Ages  by  Brian Murdoch

Camden House History of German Literature, Volume 2: German Literature Early Middle Ages by Brian Murdoch
May 10th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 283 pages | ISBN: 9781281770608 | 10.57 Mb

This second volume of the set not only presents a detailed picture of the beginnings of writing in German from its first emergence as a literary language from around 750 to 1100, but also places those earliest writings into a context. The firstMoreThis second volume of the set not only presents a detailed picture of the beginnings of writing in German from its first emergence as a literary language from around 750 to 1100, but also places those earliest writings into a context.

The first stages of German literature existed within a manuscript culture, so careful consideration is given to what constitutes the actual texts, but German literature also arose within a society that had recently been Christianized -- through the medium of Latin. Therefore what we understand by literature in Germany at this early period must include a great amount of writing in Latin.

Thus the volume looks in detail at Latin works in prose and verse, but with an eye upon the interaction between Latin and German writings. Some of the material in the newly written German language is not literary in the modern sense of the word, but makes clear the difficulties and indeed the triumphs of the establishing of a written literary language. Individual chapters look first at the earliest translations and functional literature in German (including charms and prayers)- next, the examination of heroic material juxtaposes the Hildebrandlied with the Christian Lu



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