Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Prosaversionem Höfischer Epen in Text Und Bild. Zur Rezeption Des Tristrant Im 15. Und 16. Jahrhundert

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Prosaversionem Höfischer Epen in Text Und Bild. Zur Rezeption Des Tristrant Im 15. Und 16. Jahrhundert

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Dorothée Ader, Prosaversionen höfischer Epen in Text und Bild. Zur Rezeption des Tristrant im 15. und 16. Jahrhundert (Heidelberg: Winter, 2010). 381 pp.; 31 illustrations. ISBN 978-3-8253-5765-8. euro62.00.

Dorothée Ader's thesis revisits the history of the German-language Tristrant prints on the basis of an exhaustive analysis of the editions from Augsburg and Worms. A principal concern of the book is the interdependence of production process and reception (i.e. the power of an emerging book market), and particular attention is paid to the make-up of the various editions. After introductory remarks, chapter 3 of the book outlines the theoretical framework of the study, which is concerned with transmission, production, and distribution. It also takes into account the role of audience, the function of the use of prose and of the woodcuts in their relation to the printed text. The main focus then lies on the first and second editions of the Tristrant, printed in Augsburg by Sorg (1484) and Schönsperger (1498) (chapter 4), followed by an analysis of the 1 5 50 editions by Hans Zimmermann (Augsburg) (chapter 5) and Gregor Hofman (Worms) (chapter 6). The Tristrant prints are shown to be a distinctively urban phenomenon (p. 134). A tendency towards decontextualization and simplification of the story line allows the printers to reach a broader audience (pp. 138, 178). The intended mode of reception includes silent reading from 1498 onwards (pp. …

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