Hrotswith von Gandersheim

Hrotswith von Gandersheim (hrôtsvēt´) or Roswitha von Gandersheim (rôsvē´tä fən gän´dərs-hīm), 10th-century German dramatist, a nun. Of a noble Saxon family, Hrotswith was well educated. Her long epic poems—one including a fragment on Emperor Otto I, one on the founding of the abbey of Gandersheim—and shorter poems on religious subjects were written in Latin hexameters. She is best known for six plays written in the style of Terence, with intent to supplant Roman immorality by Christian piety. They are Passio Gallicanus, Dulcitius, Callimachus, Sapientia, Abraham, and Paphnutius. Hrotswith's plays show considerable power of characterization, a happy sense of humor, and deep piety. The dialogues are lively and the scenes move quickly. The plays appear to have been written for actual presentation by students in the abbey.

See study, with bibliography, by A. L. Haight (1978).

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Hrotswith von Gandersheim: Selected full-text books and articles

The Plays of Hrotswitha of Gandersheim By Hrotswitha; Larissa Bonfante Bolchazy-Carducci, 1986
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Spirituality and Politics in the Works of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim By Stephen L. Wailes Susquehanna University Press, 2006
Medieval Literary Genre Mixing: The Plays of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim By Wilson, Katarina M Magistra, Vol. 1, No. 2, Winter 1995
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Ego Clamor Validus Gandeshemensis Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim: Her Sources, Motives, and Historical Context By Rudolph, Anna Katharina Magistra, Vol. 20, No. 2, Winter 2014
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Incest Disguised: Ottonian Influence at Gandersheim and Hrotsvit's Abraham By Evitt, Regula Meyer Comparative Drama, Vol. 41, No. 3, Fall 2007
Wisdom's Voice and Women's Speech: Hrotswitha of Gandersheim, Hildegard of Bingen, and Rebecca Cox Jackson By Schroeder, Joy Magistra, Vol. 13, No. 1, Summer 2007
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Sex and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Texts: The Latin Tradition By Barbara K. Gold; Paul Allen Miller; Charles Platter State University of New York Press, 1997
Extraordinary Women of the Medieval and Renaissance World: A Biographical Dictionary By Carole Levin; Debra Barrett-Graves; Jo Eldridge Carney; W. M. Spellman; Gwynne Kennedy; Stephanie Witham Greenwood Press, 2000
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