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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Germanic Languages & Literatures
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The cluster of anonymous Middle High German epics known as the Spielmannsepen presents an interesting challenge to notions of genre and identity in the Middle Ages. This project explores some of the issues surrounding those notions in three particular texts, including König Rother, Orendel, and St. Oswald. Discussions of genre and identity complement one another in this work because each functions as a means of categorization. Questions surrounding the poems’ manuscript traditions and presumed composition dates are analyzed, and aspects of the eponymous heroes’ identities are also examined.
Salyer, Rachael A., "Epic and Identity: Exploring Genre and Understanding the Self in the Middle High German 'Spielmannsepen'" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations. 1387.