Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Die 'Historische Dietrichepik': Untersuchungen Zu 'Dietrichs Flucht', 'Rabenschlacht' Und 'Alpharts Tod'

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Die 'Historische Dietrichepik': Untersuchungen Zu 'Dietrichs Flucht', 'Rabenschlacht' Und 'Alpharts Tod'

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Elisabeth Lienert, Die 'hisionsche Dieinchepik': Untersuchungen zu 'Dieirichs Flucht', 'Rabenschlacht' und 'Alpharts Tod', Texte und Stuthen zur mittelhochdeutschen Heldenepik 5 (Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2010). vii + 298 pp. ISBN 978-3-11-25131-9. euro99.95.

Elisabeth LJenert's book is an indispensable new resource for the study of medieval German epic and provides a truly comprehensive guide to the subgenre of 'historical Dietrich-epic', informed in its details by the author's own recent well-received editions of the texts discussed. The book is set out in seven chapters, the first three of which give a thorough and reasoned introduction to the material at hand. Lienert first justifies her choice of texts and her interpretation of the sub-genre "historische Dietrichepik*, and discusses in depth previous scholarship; she offers in her second chapter perhaps the most detailed examination I have encountered of the sources and history of 'Dietrichepik'; in the third chapter she gives a thorough overview of transmission and brief details of influence on later texts. The second part of the book consists of four chapters on the subject of specific problems of interpretation; it draws into consideration questions of structure, narrative schemata, narrative style, intertextuality, construction of character, historicity, reception, war and violence, before concluding with a summary of her discussion. Líenert argues convincingly that the three texts that form the focus of her work - EHetrichs Flucht, Die Rabenschlacht, and Alpharis Tod - are to be considered as a coherent sub-genre of the historical Dietrich epics. The first two texts share the same narrative model of flight, exile, and return, and make use of the 'Erzahlschablone' of 'Rückkehrschlacht', 'glückloser Sieg', and 'Rückzug ins Exil', a structure which is repeated in EHeirichs Flucht, Alpharts Tod (which really only plays a side -role in this book) is a 'Sprossepos' that reacts to the other texts and opens up the possibility of an alternative narrative course, but retains the same basic plot constellation - the enmity between Dietrich and Ermrich - and the same stereotypical character roles. …

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