Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Autorbilder. Zur Medialität Literarischer Kommunikation in Mittelalter Und Früher Neuzeit

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Autorbilder. Zur Medialität Literarischer Kommunikation in Mittelalter Und Früher Neuzeit

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Autorbilder. Zur Medialität literarischer Kommunikation in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit, ed. Gerald Kapfhammer, Wolf-Dietrich Löhr, and Barbara Nitsche with the assistance of Stephanie Altrock and Susanne Mädger, Tholos: Kunsthistorische Studien 2 (Münster: Rhema, 2007). 323 pp.; 32 colour plates; 112 black-and-white plates. ISBN 978-3-930454-65-5. euro78.00. This wide-ranging collection of studies of the medieval author portrait in its relationship to literary texts is one of the products of an interdisciplinary research project at the universities of Aachen, Bochum, and Cologne, undertaken during the period 1999-2004 under the leadership of Ursula Peters, Georg Satzinger, and HansJoachim Ziegeler. It is inspired by the debate about 'Material Philology' and draws in particular on a definition of mediality that highlights the coming together of text and images in the manuscript and the printed book. In addition to an introduction by the editors, with excellent bibliographical documentation, the volume contains ten individual essays, the first set of which are devoted to the concept of authorship, in particular the representation of textual production, patronage and presentation (mostly in French and German manuscripts), the narrator in the Munich-Nuremberg fragments of Wolfram's Willehalm, multiple authorship in the French and German illuminated manuscripts of the romances of Troy, and the representation of the author in the Buch der Beispiele of Anton von Pforr (based on the Pantscbatantra). …

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