By Wolfgang Beutin, Klaus Ehlert, Wolfgang Emmerich, Helmut Hoffacker, Bernd Lutz, Volker Meid, Ralf Schnell, Peter Stein, Inge Stephan
Because the visual appeal of the 1st variation in 1979, A historical past of German Literature has verified itself as a vintage paintings and easy reference resource for these or involved with German literature.
In this booklet, the topic of German literature is handled as a phenomenon firmly rooted within the social and political global from which it has risen. Literary works are assessed in response to their relation to the human situation. Social forces and their interrelation with the inventive avant-garde are an organizing topic of this heritage, which strains German literature from its first beginnings within the center a long time to the current day. This most modern variation has been up to date to hide the reunification of Germany, and its consequent events.
Readable and stimulating, A historical past of German Literature makes the literature of the previous as important and interesting because the works of the current, and may end up a necessary instrument.
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Walther’s work differs from classical Minnesang in its new Minne principle, based on reciprocity. There is no stress on hierarchy, therefore, such as might suggest itself for poetry addressed to a courtly audience, but an open approach to an individual woman who is no longer the ‘abstract’ embodiment of a courtly representative type. Walther developed this approach during his travels after 1198, giving it straightforward expression: Medieval Literature 39 Praise of sensual love Ich wil einer helfen klagen, der ouch fröide zaeme wol, dazs in alsô valschen tagen schoene tugent verliesen sol.
At all events it marked for Walther the beginning of a time of wandering and material insecurity which he repeatedly laments in his Lays. In the summer of 1198 he was already in the service of Phillip of Swabia, later becoming retainer to Otto IV and Friedrich II. In 1203 he returned to Vienna as a retainer of Wolfger von Ellenbrechtskirchen, Bishop of Passau, in time for the wedding feast of Leopold VI. By this time Walther’s definitive break with classical Minnesang was complete. The two following years saw a breakthrough to a new and unmistakable poetic style.
The eagle and the falcon, symbols of chivalric self-assurance and self-confidence, are brought into harmony with openness to the Minne experience, which is experienced as joyful. Die werlt verswîge ich miniu leit und sage vil lützel iemen, wer ich bin. Ez dunket mich unsaelikeit, daz ich mit triuwen allen mînen sin Bewendet hân, dar ez mich dunket vil, und mir der besten eine des niht gelouben wil. Medieval Literature 37 Reinmar’s poetry betrays an exhaustive, almost mechanical enumeration of Minnesang stereotypes.
A History of German Literature: From the Beginnings to the Present Day by Wolfgang Beutin, Klaus Ehlert, Wolfgang Emmerich, Helmut Hoffacker, Bernd Lutz, Volker Meid, Ralf Schnell, Peter Stein, Inge Stephan