Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Das Nibelungenlied

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Das Nibelungenlied

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Jan-Dirk Müller, Das Nibelungenlied, Klassiker-Lektüren 5 (Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 4th edn 2015). 208 pp. ISBN 978-3-503-15589-7. euro17.80. The book under review presents the fourth incarnation of Jan-Dirk Müllers introduction to the Nibelungenlied as part of the Erich Schmidt series Klassiker Lektüren. The aim of the series has been to have leading scholars in the field write for a wider audience, in particular university undergraduate students. Since its first edition in 2001, the introduction to the Nibelungenlied has achieved this, which recasts the research undertaken for Jan-Dirk Müllers seminal book 'Rules for the Endgame' into a slim but substantial paperback. For the third edition in 2009, the shape of the book was slightly changed to fit in with the publisher's new series ESVbasics, targeted at students on the new BA-structure of German Studies at university level, e.g. adding some graphic elements. This fourth edition is primarily a research update, taking in, as the cover claims, new publications on transmission and poetological aspects of the text ('berücksichtigt vor allem Neuerscheinungen zur Uberlieferungsgeschichte und zur Poetologie des Textes'). The research in the past decade has indeed been very active on re-evaluating the respective merits of the widely different manuscripts, with attention focused on the St. Gall manuscript 857 (MS B) with a CD-Rom by Michael Stolz (2005), a new edition for Reclam by Ursula Schulze (2010), and most recently Joachim Heinzle's edition and translation for the Frankfurter Klassiker-Ausgabe (2013/paperback 2015) which also for the first time includes the Klage, the continuation in rhyming couplets which is added in most of the manuscripts to the Nibelungenlied. …

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