Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Minnereden. Auswahledition

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Minnereden. Auswahledition

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Minnereden. Auswahledition, ed. Iulia-Emilia Dorobanţu, Jacob Klingner, and Ludger Lieb (Berlin and Boston, Mass.: De Gruyter, 2017). ix + 503 pp. ISBN 978-3-11-046431-3. €24.95. Four years ago Jacob Klingner and Ludger Lieb published their 1475-page handbook of the German 'love discourses', erotic narrative poems mostly in couplet verse from the later thirteenth to the early sixteenth century (Handbuch der Minnereden, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013). That publication contained a catalogue and detailed analysis of some 600 Minnereden and made it apparent, perhaps really for the first time, just what a significant part these texts have to play in the international literature of late medieval Europe. The same team, now augmented by Iulia-Emilia Dorobanţu, presents in this very modestly priced, but beautifully presented volume, an anthology of fifty-seven poems (approximately 10,600 lines of verse in all), seventeen of which are published here for the first time. All the texts are edited from scratch, on the basis of a complete collation of all the manuscripts, with full scholarly presentation of the variants, and linguistic and content-oriented notes at the foot of the page. …

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