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Title:Narrator Intervention in the Works of Wolfram Von Eschenbach (Germany)
Author(s):Ellis, Mark Edward
Department / Program:German
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Germanic
Abstract:By examining Wolfram's narrative technique using the criteria offered by the study of medieval rhetoric, this dissertation is able to present Wolfram as a conscious author. Following the organization of the Poetria Nova of Geoffrey of Vinsauf, one is able to categorize in a logical manner the various types of narrator or author interventions in Wolfram's works. We can then clearly see Wolfram's talent in manipulating the artistic devices available to him.
To a great extent this manipulation of artistic devices rests in Wolfram's creation of a strong narrative persona, in contradistinction to other medieval authors and their works of art. This narrator is not to be confused with Wolfram, of course, nor is the ideal audience of the works to be taken to be the real audience. One can, however, see in the narrator a reflection of Wolfram's personality, his experience, and his learning, just as one can see in his fictive audience a reflection of the feelings and interests of a real medieval audience.
This interpretation using a medieval rhetorical text should open new ways of viewing Wolfram's works. It shows both his uniqueness and his standing in Western poetic tradition.
Issue Date:1985
Description:206 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8511603
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1985

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