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dc.contributor.authorClassen, Albrecht
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-22T17:54:15Z
dc.date.available2020-04-22T17:54:15Z
dc.date.issued2019-11-19
dc.identifier.citationClassen, A. Murder in Medieval German Literature: Disruptions and Challenges of Society—Crime and Self-Determination in the Pre-modern World. Neophilologus 104, 97–117 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11061-019-09629-2en_US
dc.identifier.issn0028-2677
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11061-019-09629-2
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/641033
dc.description.abstractMedieval literature is filled with references to criminal acts, to evil characters, and so also to murder. This paper examines the complex of killing as depicted in four medieval texts, Herzog Ernst, the Nibelungenlied, Heinrich Kaufringer's "Die unschuldige Morderin," and Elisabeth von Nassau-Saarbrucken's Konigin Sibille, attempting to discriminate between manslaughter, assassination, and murder. In each case, the act of murder is rationalized and explained through a different lens, depending on the literary context. As the analysis demonstrates, already pre-modern writers were fully aware of the rich discourse on law, for which murder constituted the most egregious case. Not every murder, however, is simply condemned because at times the perpetrator seeks justified revenge, at other times the killing is condoned, if not even approved, by the king himself in order to preserve the honor of the court. Kaufringer even goes so far as to present a case where multiple murders are explained as a form of self-defense according to God's laws, whereas Elisabeth simplifies and vilifies the killing to an extreme once again.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSPRINGERen_US
dc.rights© Springer Nature B.V. 2019en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://www.springer.com/tdmen_US
dc.subjectHerzog Ernsten_US
dc.subjectNibelungenlieden_US
dc.subjectHeinrich Kaufringeren_US
dc.subjectElisabeth von Nassau-Saarbruckenen_US
dc.subjectMurderen_US
dc.subjectAssassinationen_US
dc.subjectSelf-defenseen_US
dc.subjectRevengeen_US
dc.subjectRapeen_US
dc.titleMurder in Medieval German Literature: Disruptions and Challenges of Society—Crime and Self-Determination in the Pre-modern Worlden_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn1572-8668
dc.contributor.departmentUniv Arizona, Dept German Studiesen_US
dc.identifier.journalNEOPHILOLOGUSen_US
dc.description.note12 month embargo; published online: 19 November 2019en_US
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item from the UA Faculty Publications collection is made available by the University of Arizona with support from the University of Arizona Libraries. If you have questions, please contact us at repository@u.library.arizona.edu.en_US
dc.eprint.versionFinal accepted manuscripten_US
dc.source.journaltitleNeophilologus
dc.source.volume104
dc.source.issue1
dc.source.beginpage97
dc.source.endpage117


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