The Internalization of Fortune in the Sixteenth-century Novels of Jorg Wickram: The Beginnings of the Modern Narrative in German Literature

The Internalization of Fortune in the Sixteenth-century Novels of Jorg Wickram: The Beginnings of the Modern Narrative in German Literature

By: Cordulla Politis (author)Hardback

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This book is an examination of the concept of Fortune in the narratives of the sixteenth-century German writer, Jorg Wickram. Throughout the Middles Ages, Fortune functioned as a representation of the experience of contingency and the human attempt to cope with a God-given order. The Renaissance saw the advent of the notion that an individual possessed the ability to control his or her life to a certain extent, but the perception of Fortune as an external force acting on human agents remained intact. Wickram, however, saw fortune, not only as an external force acting in conjunction with or competing with divine agency, but also as a force within the human mind; it was this innovative understanding which set him apart from his contemporaries and lent originality to his literature.

About Author

Dr. Cordula Politis received her Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin and currently hold an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Germanic Studies, Trinity College, Dublin. She is a member of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Trinity College and has published several articles on medieval and early modern German literature.

Contents

Preface by Ingrid Kasten; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter 1 Wickram and His Times; Chapter 2 Fortune and God through the Ages; Chapter 3 The Relation between Fortune and God in Wickram's Narratives (1): Fortune and God as Antagonistic Sources of Character Development; Chapter 4 The Relation between Fortune and God in Wickram's Narratives (2): Superiority of Fortune vs. Superiority of God; Chapter 5 Fortune Internalised: Wickram's Innovation; Chapter 6 German and Italian Comparisons; Chapter 7 Wickram and Petrarch: The Psychological Conception of Fortune; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773454484
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 284
  • ID: 9780773454484
  • ISBN10: 0773454489

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