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The Presentation of Authorship in Medieval German Literature 1220-1290

Sebastian Coxon


This book sheds light on the complexity of medieval German literary culture as it evolved in the course of the thirteenth century (c.1220-1290), by analysing the attitudes of narrative poets towards the issue of authorship. It describes the various ways in which vernacular writers could address the theme of their own authorship within their literary works, and explores the tensions that arose between such authorial strategies on the one hand, and their subsequent manuscript transmission on the other. The first part of the book deals with the presentation of authorship in the works of two poets ... More

Keywords: narrative poets, authorship, Rudolf von Ems, Konrad von Würzburg, authorial signature, acrostics, author portraits, patronage, heroic epic, short story

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198160175
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160175.001.0001


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Sebastian Coxon, author
University College, London
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