Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Kindheit Und Adoleszenz in Den Deutschen Parzival- Und Lancelot-Romanen: Hohes Und Spates Mittelalter

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Kindheit Und Adoleszenz in Den Deutschen Parzival- Und Lancelot-Romanen: Hohes Und Spates Mittelalter

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Anja RUSS, Kindheit und Adoleszenz in den deutschen Parzival- und Lancelot-Romanen: Hohes und spates Mittelalter (Stuttgart: Hirxel, 2000). 405 pp. ISBN 3-7776-1070-4. euro73.60.

This book is a slightly revised version of the author's doctoral dissertation, supervised by Uwe Rubcrg in Mainx, on representations of children and youth in five thirteenth- and fifteenth-century German romances on Parzival and Lancelot. The avowed aim of this monograph is to analyse passages on children in their own right as well as to set them in the context of the romance as a whole, and to establish contrasts and similarities between the different texts.

After a brief introduction with an overview of previous research on depictions of childhood in medieval German literature, Anja Russ launches into an extensive interpretative retelling of the episodes featuring young characters in Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival (c.1200/10) and its fifteenth-century adaptation in Ulrich Fuetrer's Buch der Abenteuer. This includes the passages about the hero as a child and young man, and about his parents, as well as about the childhood of minor characters such as Feirefiz, Obilot, and Parzival's own children. Not without repetition, the two versions are then compared and contrasted in various aspects, such as the representation of the patents and educators, of the love episodes, and of the protagonist. The second part of the volume repeats the exercise with three different versions of Lancelot stories: Ulrich von Zatzikhoven's Lanzelet and the Prosa-lancelot from the thirteenth century, and Ulrich Fuetrer's fifteenth-century adaptation, which are again both revisited separately and then compared. Throughout, any engagement with previous research - a considerable amount at least in the case of Wolfram's -Parzival - is relegated to the footnotes. …

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