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Punishment & Penitential Practices in Medieval German Writing - (Hardcover)

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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 collection addresses 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 and penitential 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 of the 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 Wolfing is Professor of Medieval German Studies at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Oriel College.

Contributors: Sarah Bowden, Björn Buschbeck, Sebastian Coxon, Racha Kirakoshian, Andreas Kraft, Henrike Manuwald, Katharina Mertens-Fleury, Jamie Page, Aimut Suerbaumn, Annette Wolfing.
Number of Pages: 209
Genre: Literary Collections
Series Title: Kings College London Medieval Studies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Inc
Language: English
Street Date: May 17, 2018
TCIN: 53801517
UPC: 9781897747346
Item Number (DPCI): 248-05-2260
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