Punishment and Penitential Practices in Medieval German Writing
Title Details

208 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Kings College London Medieval Studies (KCLMS)

Imprint: King's College London CLAMS

Punishment and Penitential Practices in Medieval German Writing

Edited by Sarah Bowden and Annette Volfing

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The twin themes of punishment and penance considered through both historical and literary medieval German texts.
The supposed brutality of medieval punishment looms large in the popular contemporary imagination, yet this perception can obscure the diverse and nuanced reactions of medieval society to violent or criminal acts. This collectionaddresses the ways in which different approaches to punishment are depicted and discussed in written texts, focusing in particular on the often complex intersection - semantic, theoretical and theological - between punishment andpenitential practices, both self-imposed and imposed by others. Often in dialogue with theoretical approaches (for example, those of René Girard or Michel Foucault), individual essays explore a range of themes: the intersection ofthe literary representation of acts of punishment and penance with historical experience; the ways in which acts of punishment and penance engage the wishes and desires of those inflecting or witnessing them; legal and theological implications; the symbolic and communicative capital of the body. They focus on a range of texts (romance, lyric, mystical writing, saints' lives) written in German, from the twelfth to the sixteenth century.

Sarah Bowden is Lecturer in German at King's College London; Annette Volfing is Professor of Medieval German Studies at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Oriel College.

Contributors: Sarah Bowden, Björn Buschbeck, Sebastian Coxon, Racha Kirakosian, Andreas Kraß, Henrike Manuwald, Katharina Mertens-Fleury, Jamie Page, Aimut Suerbaum, Annette Volfing.

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9781897747346

May 2018

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Title Details

208 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Kings College London Medieval Studies (KCLMS)

Imprint: King's College London CLAMS