Category: Ancient Medieval Literature

  • The Poems of Oswald Von Wolkenstein: An English Translation by Albrecht Classen

    By Albrecht Classen

    This booklet deals the 1st entire English translation of the poems by means of the late-medieval German (Tyrolean) Oswald von Wolkenstein (1376/1377-1445). Oswald von Wolkenstein was once one of many prime poets of his time and created one of the most intriguing, experimental, and likewise deeply religious-conservative poetry of the full heart a long time and much past. German scholarship and musicologists have lengthy well-known the extreme power and gear of Oswald s heart excessive German songs, either by way of his poetic imagery and his musical functionality. This publication proves Oswald's uvre to be probably the most idiosyncratic and individualistic within the complete overdue heart a while. Classen finds how Oswald persisted the medieval culture, but used to be a real innovator, exploring new attitudes towards love, sexuality, commute, warfare, politics, language, song, and, specially, his personal individuality.
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  • Writing and Empire in Tacitus by Dylan Sailor

    By Dylan Sailor

    Writing and Empire in Tacitus examines how Tacitus' historiographical occupation serves as an issue approximately his own autonomy and social worth less than the ordinary political stipulations of the early Roman Empire. Following the arc of his profession from Agricola via Histories to Annals, this booklet specializes in ways that Tacitus' writing makes implicit claims approximately his dating to Roman society and in regards to the political consequentiality of historic writing. In a feeling, this 2008 booklet indicates, his literary occupation and the feel of alienation his works venture shape the appropriate supplement to his very profitable political profession, which, whereas fascinating, may perhaps still provide the effect of degrading submission to emperors. The dialogue combines cautious consciousness to the historian's particular programmatic dialogue of his paintings with larger-scale research of stretches of narrative that experience unstated yet major implications for a way we view the functionality and value of Tacitus' paintings.
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  • The Classical Plot and the Invention of Western Narrative by N. J. Lowe

    By N. J. Lowe

    This can be the tale of the way Western literature first constructed its special style for the type of tight, in your price range plotting nonetheless hired in glossy fiction and cinema. The booklet indicates how this style used to be shaped in Greco-Roman antiquity out of a chain of revolutions in storytelling, headquartered on Homer, early tragedy, Hellenistic comedy, and the Greek love-novels of the early centuries advert. alongside the best way, it attracts on cognitive technology and present literary thought to provide a resilient but obtainable new idea of what "plot" is and the way it really works.
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  • A History of Old Norse Poetry and Poetics by Margaret Clunies Ross

    By Margaret Clunies Ross

    A background of previous Norse Poetry and Poetics is the 1st ebook in English to accommodate the dual matters of outdated Norse poetry and some of the vernacular treatises on local poetry that have been this sort of conspicuous characteristic of medieval highbrow lifestyles in Iceland and the Orkneys from the mid-twelfth to the fourteenth centuries. Its target is to provide a transparent description of the wealthy poetic culture of early Scandinavia, fairly in Iceland, the place it reached its zenith, and to illustrate the social contexts that favoured poetic composition, from the oral societies of the early Viking Age in Norway and its colonies to the religious compositions of literate Christian clerics in fourteenth-century Iceland. the 2 dominant poetic modes, eddic and skaldic, are analysed, and their numerous types and topics are illustrated with newly selected examples. The publication units out the prose contexts during which most aged Norse poetry has been preserved and discusses difficulties of interpretation that come up due to the poetry's mode of transmission. through the publication, the writer hyperlinks indigenous concept with perform, starting with the pre-Christian ideology of poets as favoured via the god ? hotel and concluding with the Christian inspiration simple type most sensible conveys the poet's message.
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  • Vita Edwardi Secundi: The Life of Edward the Second (Oxford by Wendy R. Childs

    By Wendy R. Childs

    The Vita Edwardi Secundi is the easiest and so much readable of the chronicles of the reign of Edward II, and throws a desirable gentle at the international of excessive politics. The nameless writer was once on the subject of the centre of politics, most likely a royal clerk, and probably John Walwayn (or a person with an identical career). His concentration is essentially on family politics and the connection of the king and his barons, and he files the clashes and reconciliations of the interval 1311-22 in beneficial aspect. He additionally has a lot to assert at the Scottish struggle, the appointment of bishops, and the outbreak of the French battle. The paintings results in the iciness of 1325/6 with Queen Isabella's refusal to come back from France whereas Despenser remained with the king. The paintings is way greater than an easy chronicle. the writer consciously wrote historical past and so commented largely on personalities, and likewise on causation, motivation, and the vices of his age. He was once beneficiant to Gaveston regardless of his delight, extra condemning of the Despensers' greed, and lamented Lancaster's wasted presents. His stories at the arguments of either side within the clashes among the king and his rivals are relatively enlightening, and convey how critical have been the threats to the king's authority, particularly these voiced in 1321. The author's worry of civil struggle and makes an attempt to outline the positive line dividing resistance and treason most likely mirror the worries of many on the subject of the courtroom at the moment. contemporary learn has emphasised that the Vita can be visible as a 'journal' instead of a 'memoir', and this complements its worth additional, permitting historians to chart the altering perspectives of a well-placed observer through the dramatic occasions of Edward's reign.The Vita has been edited thrice sooner than, as soon as in every one century when you consider that its discovery in 1728, however the final variation of 1957 has lengthy been out of print. This re-creation revises the Latin textual content and translation, offers a very new creation and historic notes to take account of modern scholarship, and features a new and whole gear and indices.
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  • Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature by Dr Gwendo Leick

    By Dr Gwendo Leick

    Intercourse and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature is a brand new contribution to present debates approximately intercourse and eroticism. It offers an perception into Mesopotamian attitudes to sexuality via interpreting the oldest preserved written facts at the topic - the Sumero-Akkadian cuneiform assets - that have been written among the twenty first and the fifth centuries B.C. utilizing those long-neglected and infrequently magnificent information, Gwendolyn Leick is ready to anlayse Mesopotamian perspectives of prostitution, love magic and deviant sexual behaviour in addition to extra basic problems with sexuality and gender. This attention-grabbing ebook sheds gentle at the sexual tradition of 1 of the earliest literate civilisations.
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