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Title:Representations of Jews in Late Medieval German Literature
Author(s):Martin, John David
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kalinke, Marianne E.
Department / Program:Germanic Languages and Literatures
Discipline:Germanic Languages and Literatures
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Literature, Germanic
Abstract:The Passion and Easter plays are imminently concerned with the Christian conception of the Jew. From the St. Gall Passion play (1300's) to the Alsfeld Passion play (1500), the Passion plays present Jesus's Jewish enemies alongside his Jewish followers. The Halle Passion play (1490's) emphasizes the Jewishness of Jesus and his disciples. Easter plays, in contrast, attribute to Jews sole guilt for Jesus's Crucifixion and exclusively venal motives. In hagiography (legends of St. Silvester, "Der Judenknabe," Theophilus, St. Basil) Jews are variously depicted as philosophers, sorcerers, filicides, loving fathers, and righteous physicians. These legends are extensively attested in collections, such as Der Heiligen Leben, and in Latin and German versions of the Legenda Aurea. The medieval fable collections, like the hagiographic anthologies, present a diverse image of Jews. While the Avianus and the Anonymous Neveleti collections contain a group of fables whose epimyths presented Jews as venal, they also contain a fable depicting a Jew as an allegorical figure of the faithful soul. This was preserved when Boner's Edelstein supplanted Latin collections in the late 1300's. "The Parable of the Ring," found in the Gesta Romanorum and the Decameron, presents Jews as one group of "God's children," a description also transmitted by Hugo von Trimberg in his Der Renner . In order to account for the representations of Jews in medieval German literature, modern interpretive models require multiple hermeneutic categories.
Issue Date:2002
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:301 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/86333
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3044168
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2002


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