A Companion to the Works of Hartmann von Aue

November 2003
4 black and white illustrations
300 pages
9x6 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
Library eBook
Camden House
BISAC LIT004130, LIT011000, LIT014000

A Companion to the Works of Hartmann von Aue

Edited by Francis G. Gentry

New essays on major aspects of the work of the great medieval German poet.
In perhaps 25 years of creative productivity (ca. 1180-ca. 1205), Hartmann von Aue authored a dispute about love between the body and the heart, Die Klage, numerous songs of courtly love, crusading songs, and most likely took part in a Crusade himself. He composed the first German Arthurian romance, Erec, based on Chrétien's like-named work, and he -- apparently -- ended his literary career with a second, Iwein. Further, he is the creator of two provocative rel-igious-didactic works, Gregorius, a tale of double incest, repentance, and redemption, and Der arme Heinrich, the account of a seemingly perfect nobleman who is stricken with leprosy and then ultimately cured by a process set into motion by a very young peasant girl, whom he ultimately marries. No other medieval German poet treats such an extraordinary breadth of themes at such a high level of artistic expression. The essays in this volume, written by scholars from North America and Europe, offer insight into many aspects of Hartmann's oeuvre, including the medieval and modern visual and literary reception of his works. The volume also offers considerations of Hartmann and Chrétien; Hartmann's putative theological background and the influence of the Bible on his tales; the reflection of his medical knowledge in Der arme Heinrich and Iwein; and a complete survey of his lyric production. Newer avenues of research are also presented, with essays on issues of gender and on the role of pain as a constitutive part of the courtly experience. It is hoped that this volume will prove to be a stimulating companion not only for those familiar with Hartmann but also for those who are just making the acquaintance of one of the greatest of medieval German poets.

Francis G. Gentry is Professor Emeritus of German at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Francis G. Gentry
Hartmann's Theological Milieu - Frank Tobin
Hartmann von Aue as Lyricist - Will Hasty
Hartmann von Aue and Chrétien de Troyes - Alois Wolf
Gender and Love in the Epic Romances of Hartmann von Aue - Alexandra S. Hellenbrand
The Two-Fold Path: Erec and Enite on the Road to Wisdom - Francis G. Gentry
The Body in Pain in the Works of Hartmann von Aue - Scott Pincikowski
Illness and Cure in Hartmann von Aue's the Arme Heinrich and Iwein - Melitta Weiss Adamson
Hartmann's Legends and the Bible -
Hartmann's Works in the Visual Arts - James A. Rushing Jr.
The Medieval Literary Reception of Hartmann's Works - W.H. Jackson
A Tale of Sacrifice and Love: Literary Way Stations of the Arme Heinrich from the Brothers Grimm to Tankred Dorst - Rüdiger Krohn


A welcome and superlative summation of the current status of Hartmann von Aue scholarship. CHOICE

The present volume, which will be of great use to both Hartmann experts and neophytes, is a notable success.... [W]ell edited and written in smooth, straightforward prose. MONATSHEFTE

[A] fine and useful book . . . makes the poet more accessible than ever before to the English-speaking student, scholar, and public. SPECULUM

[B]oth challenging to the scholar of medieval German studies and accessible to the non-specialist. Besides providing its readership intellectual stimulation, it also offers some practical help. ENCOMIA

These essays ... permit the modern reader to familiarize himself with the texts of Hartmann and constitute an interesting first approach. ETUDES GERMANIQUES

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