Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Salomon Und Markolf: Ein Literarischer Komplex Im Mittelalter Und in der Fruhen Neuzeit

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Salomon Und Markolf: Ein Literarischer Komplex Im Mittelalter Und in der Fruhen Neuzeit

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Sabine Griese, Solomon und Markolf: ein literarischer Komplex im Mittelalter und in der fruben Neuziet, Hermaea: Germanistische Forschungen, NS 81 (Tubingen: Niemeyer, 1999). x + 381 pp. ISBN 3-484-15081-5 (ISSN 0440-714). This is an important study of an entire complex of varied works, raising the most basic literary questions of character, text, genre, and reception. The investigation begins with an arresting comment: 'Vierhundert Jahre, in denen nur indirekt auf die Existenz geschlossen werden kann, liegen also zwischen der ersten Erwahnung eines Markolf-Textes oder einer Markolf-Erzahlung bei Notker and dem fruhesten erhaltenen Textzeugen' (p. 6). There are, indeed, perhaps a dozen early allusions that pre-date written texts (see pp. 300-4; the reference in the Decretum Gelasianum is less plausible and is properly not highlighted), but references continue into the eighteenth century and later, with an interesting preponderance in the sixteenth. The text-complex embraces, too, a range of literary genres: the disputation in the wisdom tradition, the Schwank, the fool tradition, the Brautwerbung theme and hence what we may (just) still call the Spielmannsepos, and ultimately the Fastnachtspiel and the Meisterlied. The shift between Latin and German, manuscript and print, and the reshaping of themes and characters across genres from Latin prose to German Fastnachtspiel are further elements not exclusive to, but ably demonstrated by, the examination of this particular complex.

Griese begins, after a brief introduction, with the Latin Dialogus, noting the various redactions, including its appearance as an appendix in a collection of proverbs, and detailing (here as throughout) all known manuscripts and prints. The manuscripts point to reception in schools, in humanist circles, and in connection with religious texts, with a geographical emphasis in southern Germany/Austria, whilst that for the prints shifts northwards. The bride-seeking epic known as Salman and Morolf follows, and the specific details of this less closely related text are well presented, the shift from oral presentation to written text being of some interest (the interpolated requests from the reader-aloud for lubrication are noted, pp. …

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