Reading the Medieval Book: Word Image Performance in Wolfram Von Es Carolyn Morton Starkey

ISBN: 9780268041090

Published: December 1st 2004

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239 pages


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Reading the Medieval Book: Word Image Performance in Wolfram Von Es  by  Carolyn Morton Starkey

Reading the Medieval Book: Word Image Performance in Wolfram Von Es by Carolyn Morton Starkey
December 1st 2004 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 239 pages | ISBN: 9780268041090 | 6.71 Mb

Reading the Medieval Book examines one of the most important epic poems of thirteenth-century Germany and its redaction in a richly illustrated manuscript created just fifty-five years after the poems composition. Starkeys book reveals that theMoreReading the Medieval Book examines one of the most important epic poems of thirteenth-century Germany and its redaction in a richly illustrated manuscript created just fifty-five years after the poems composition.

Starkeys book reveals that the Munich-Nuremberg manuscript (c. 1270) of Wolfram von Eschenbachs Willehalm (c. 1215) was compiled with both oral performance and the written medium in mind. Wolfram contrasts the visual language of the court with the auditory one of the battlefield, drawing attention to the position of the narrator and the interpretive frame that he provides. The manuscript reflects Wolframs clear interest in the oral and visual communication that played such a dominant role in court society of the thirteenth century. Starkey argues that rather than merely depicting the events of Willehalms plot, the Munich-Nuremberg artists also visualized nuances and shifts in the text that may otherwise have become lost when the oral text was committed to the page.

The Munich-Nuremberg redaction of Willehalm provides insight into the critical transition from a primarily oral to a literate experience in the literary culture of lay people in the West.



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